2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The 2013 Range Rover Evoque draws on some of the genes of today's Land Rover LR2, which itself is kin to the Volvo XC60. But the Evoque's been lowered, shortened and widened into a distinct package that's consciously smaller outside and less spacious inside than its sibling--all in the name of fashion.

Despite the implicit indictment, the Evoque doesn't skimp on the accommodations despite the downsizing. Front passenger comfort, especially, is very good, with power-adjustable seats, wearing cut-down bolsters, trimmed (on some versions) in bold stitching. As the low roof line implies, head room isn't excessive, but it's enough for most occupants, even with the panoramic sunroof fitted. Elbow- and hip-room are very good--the Evoque is actually a few inches wider than the larger LR2.

Comfortable and built with excellent materials, the 2013 Range Rover Evoque doesn't disappoint.

The back, however, is a bit tighter. Both three- and five-door models clip head room for the roof's visible slope, requiring a duck to enter the back seats, and a brush of the head against the sunroof, if equipped--at least for taller passengers. Once there, the contoured, supportive seats are comfortable, though the shorter seat bottoms don't add any practical leg room, leaving six-footers rubbing knees against seatbacks. Bottom line here: while you might begrudge a full-size SUV or even a larger crossover this trimming of space, in the Evoque, it's part of the package--and forgivable as a result.

Three-door Evoques offer about the same room and comfort as the five-door model, as they share the same wheelbase. What's not the same between the two is the ease of entry and exit from those just-big-enough rear seats; clambering past the front buckets and contorting under the low roof might sound fun for kids, but those of us with a few more miles will find it a bit awkward. Three-door models do offer a choice between a bench seat for three or a pair of buckets. Since rear-seat access isn't the strong suit of the three-door Evoque, we'd probably pick the buckets just for sheer impracticality.

Storage space is still quite good, and despite its cut and creased body, it has more cargo room than some taller luxury crossovers. The three-door Evoque sports 19.4 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats, and 47.6 cubic feet when those seats are folded down. The five-door has marginally more space, at 20.3 cubic feet with the seats up, and 51.0 cubic feet with them down.

The cabin has a big center console bin with cupholders hidden under a sliding screen, and a fairly deep bin under the armrest. A nicely sized glovebox and decent door-panel pockets give drivers some places to stash stuff out of sight.

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