Range Rover Evoque PHEV interior & comfort
The same comfort, luxury and technology found elsewhere in the Range Rover line-up are present in the P300e plug-in hybrid
Modern Land Rover and Range Rover interiors are almost universally designed and finished to a high standard, and there's no departing from that trend in the plug-in Evoque, with soft, premium-quality materials in all the right places. The only clue that you're sitting in the P300e version as opposed to one of the mild-hybrid petrol or diesel Evoques is an extra control in the centre console, used for switching between the various drive modes (discussed on the previous page).
Range Rover Evoque PHEV dashboard
The layout of the plug-in hybrid Evoque's dashboard will be familiar to anyone with experience of other modern Land Rover and Range Rover products. There's a large landscape-orientated infotainment screen in the middle of the dash, while (on SE specification and above) further touchscreen controls are flush with the panel further down, above physical knobs for the climate control.
Equipment, options & accessories
The P300e plug-in hybrid drivetrain can be chosen with any of the available Evoque trim levels, so the range runs from S to SE, HSE and Autobiography, with the option of adding the sporty R-Dynamic pack to the first three. Even entry-level S is pretty well equipped, getting you a 10-inch infotainment screen, LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats and mirrors and a 360-degree parking camera with sensors front and rear.
Stepping up to SE adds 20-inch alloy wheels, automatic high beams, power-folding door mirrors, a powered tailgate, grained leather seats, 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats, the lower infotainment touchscreen and a blind-spot monitoring system.
HSE also has 20-inch alloys, and its additional equipment includes keyless entry, 14-way power adjustment for the front seats, extra leather trim, a premium Meridian sound system and additional active safety technology, including rear cross-traffic alerts and adaptive cruise control.
The range-topping Autobiography model gets 21-inch alloys, matrix LED headlights, an exterior styling pack, a panoramic roof, red brake calipers, a power-adjustable steering column, a full suite of driver-assistance technology, Windsor leather seat trim, grey ash wood veneer trim and surround-sound audio.
Adding the R-Dynamic pack to the S, SE or HSE trim level brings a series of sporty styling enhancements, including a gloss-black grille surround, body-coloured front bumper with dark satin grey valance, burnished copper bonnet louvres, side vents and exhaust finishers, chrome gearshift paddles, a perforated leather steering wheel and bright medal pedals.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
First seen on the Land Rover Defender, the British brand's latest infotainment setup goes by the name 'Pivi Pro'. It's a major improvement on previous Jaguar Land Rover efforts in this area, particularly for connectivity and responsiveness. It doesn't quite kick the BMW, Audi or Mercedes infotainment systems into touch, but the Evoque is now at least on par with those brands' in-car technology, instead of lagging badly behind.
The sat-nav system shows you charging points on a planned route, however it doesn't interface with the car's drivetrain to influence how the energy already in the battery is used in any way. 'Geofencing', or automatically switching the car to electric power when it enters a certain low or zero-emissions zone, is technically possible with the Evoque P300e, but not something that has been implemented just yet.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Evoque P300e isn't the best value or most spacious premium plug-in hybrid SUV, but it's still an appealing choice that'll be cheap to run – especially for company-car drivers
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Evoque P300e hybrid returns decent electric range and CO2 emissions, as well as impressive potential fuel economy
- 3Running costsFuel and company-car tax bills will be low for the Evoque P300e, but insurance and servicing will be similar to other Land Rover models
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Evoque P300e hybrid is no featherweight, but the electrified drivetrain hasn't spoiled its solid and comfortable driving experience
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingThe same comfort, luxury and technology found elsewhere in the Range Rover line-up are present in the P300e plug-in hybrid
- 6Practicality & boot space Outright practicality has never been an Evoque trump card, but the P300e is no better or worse than other models in the range in this regard
- 7Reliability & safetyLand Rover's reliability record isn't the best, but the Evoque P300e hybrid does get all the latest active safety tech – on higher trims, at least