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 is only available in the more expensive trim levels: R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE, R-Dynamic HSE and Autobiography. The Evoque P300e R-Dynamic S is the entry-level model, with prices starting from £45,950. Those models come as standard with a 10-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats and mirrors and a reversing camera.
Stepping up to R-Dyanmic SE adds 20-inch alloy wheels, premium LED headlights with automatic high beam, a powered tailgate, the lower infotainment touchscreen and an interactive driver’s display. Prices for R-Dynamic SE models start at £49,500.
Upgrading to the R-Dynamic HSE trim costs an extra £3,000, but builds on previous trim levels with 20-inch alloy wheels with diamond turned finish, Matrix LED headlights, 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, an exterior styling pack, a panoramic roof, red brake calipers, brushed copper Range Rover lettering, a full suite of driver-assistance technology, Windsor leather seat trim, grey ash wood veneer trim and surround-sound audio. Prices for the Evoque Autobiography P300e start from £55,350.
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 Range Rover 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 Range Rover 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 Range Rover 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 gets all the latest active safety technology – on higher trims, at least