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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Walk Around


The lower half of the Evoque displays the blunt styling of an SUV, and in the middle it’s crisply folded into the thin, pulled-back look of a sedan or coupe by the time it gets to the roof. It’s angular and whiffs of high fashion. Except the grille, which gets the roobar treatment. Powerful wheel arches ride under a linear beltline and angular roofline. The greenhouse narrows at the rear, a striking effect emphasized by black pillars lost over a high windowline. It wraps to a bobbed and canted rear deck with glittery taillamps.

Interior

The cabin is sleek but simple, and richly detailed. A number of interesting interior trims are available, from cool metallic to warm wood. The shapes and cues all say Range Rover. Ambient LED lighting turns red to let you know you’re in Sport mode.

The front seats are handsome in their standard leather trim, comfortable and fairly well bolstered. Most Evoque models have a sunroof, which cuts into headroom. If you want a massage, buy the option and you can get one without ever leaving the comfort of your car.

The front seats are roomy, but the rear seats are barely adequate. It’s hard to climb into the back seats of the three-door model, even worse to try to climb into the back of the convertible.

Storage cubbies are strong; there’s a large center console with cupholders under a sliding top, a reasonably roomy glove box, door-panel pockets, and a relatively deep bin below the armrest.

Land Rover’s latest infotainment system is a massive upgrade from its prior setup, but it’s not without some sluggish responses.

Cargo space is okay, keeping in mind this is a compact. The three-door has 19 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which expands to nearly 48 cubic feet when they’re folded flat. The five-door has more, with 20 cubic feet when the rear is raised, and 51 when it’s not.

The stylish high rear deck destroys rearward vision, so the optional surround-view camera is a good idea, to supplement the rearview camera.

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