Once you open the doors, the Evoque feels like a sports car inside. The seats look like they were pulled from a Porsche, the contrasting 2-tone leather upholstery further adding to the feel. And if anything you touch isn’t leather, then it’s brushed metal.
Sitting behind the wheel it was interesting to see a more modern looking steering in front of me, with a similarly smooth looking tachometer behind. There’s not too much info on show, but adequate enough to keep your attention being diverted from the road.
Come to the center console and you’ll see things getting slightly familiar. The touchscreen looks very similar to the one in recent Jaguars, as is the gear knob that slides up when you turn on Evoque. Coming back to the main display, we have the basics in the form of Media (Audio/ Video), Navigation and Phone. Small info about each of these three categories is shown in brief, with further details being brought up once you click on any of them.
It’s fairly easy to get used to, and setting up the Bluetooth phone, along with media playback from my iPhone 4 was a cinch. One of the most interesting things was the Dual Display mode, whereby both the driver and the front passenger see different things on the same screen due to a small variation in angle of display.
The Passenger can be seeing a DVD, while the driver sees the Sat Nav map, on the same screen. For a demo of this you can have a look at the video (on last page) where the transition from the driver to passenger can be easily observed.
Coming down we see the dual-zone climate control, followed by the stability control buttons, the gearbox and the terrain selection menu, all within easy reach of the driver. There’s the inside ambient lighting that sets a good mood (Red, Pink, White, Teal and Blue) showing the lights from the door handles, foot area and just behind center console.
Sitting inside there’s not much noise from the outside, as the Evoque is comfortably soundproofed. The engine you can listen to easily, and due to the small cubic capacity of the engine and the large turbo, it sounds like a tuned sports coupe more than an SUV.