When seated in the new Evoque, your attention is grabbed by the impressive layered-dash that’s placed quite high up. It's crafted with generous use of soft-touch materials, brushed-aluminium inserts and a piano-black trim. And, as with all their cars, this one too gets a large chunky steering. However, the instrumentation dials would have been more appealing had they been larger. We’d also like to point out that the glass area is extremely compact, and the rear windscreen is just ridiculously tiny.
Taking up prime position on the centre console is a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with six speakers. Not only is it hi-res, there’s attractive graphics, swift frame rates, and the touch panel is responsive too. Lest we forget, your favourite track played off your phone’s Android Auto or Apple CarPlay app should be nothing short of engaging. Below this, is a panel with a neat array of physical and touch buttons, along with rotary controls for the air-con and other vitals of the Evoque.
Storage up front is taken care of by the twin-lid central armrest, the cup holders ahead of it and the spacious door-pads. At the rear, there’s the door-pads again, two seat-back pockets and the centre armrest that drops down to offer two cup holders. As for the seats, the front ones have adequate padding, are firm and there's good shoulder and lateral support. Nevertheless, thigh support could have been better.
At the rear, there’s good thigh support and knee room for two. But, the bench itself is placed low to allow for more headroom. This, combined with the slightly upright backrest posture, doesn’t make for a comfortable seating position. Besides that, accommodating a middle passenger will be an uncomfortable affair due to the protruding cushioning, and the lack of foot space thanks to the transmission tunnel.
The Evoque’s boot is a relatively square enclosure that can easily swallow two medium-sized suitcases and two large duffel bags. The one in the pictures is the base ‘S’ trim, and there’s also a top-end ‘R-Dynamic SE’ version. Safety equipment include a slew of airbags, an intrusion sensor, roll stability control, electronic traction control, torque vectoring by braking, ABS and ‘Terrain Response 2’. The ‘S’ also gets the flush door-handles, a fixed panorama sunroof, powered tail gate, LED headlamps with DRLs, tyre pressure monitoring, 360-degree parking aid and a two-zone climate control to name some.