Range Rover’s baby, the Evoque is now in its second generation. Yes, it may look incredibly like its predecessor, but under that somewhat familiar skin sits a whole new platform and a lot of high tech touches.
Let’s take a look at some of the brand new gadgetry that sits both in and on the new Evoque.
First seen on the Velar, now even the cheapest model in the Range Rover offering gets the incredibly slick dual-screen interface.
Using two 10” high definition touchscreens, you can control nearly all the vehicles functions with your fingertips. Buttons, knobs and dials have been kept to an absolute minimum, with the lower display switching roles as you scroll from Climate, Seats, to Vehicle and the Settings screen.
That upper display folds neatly back into the dashboard when the Evoque is switched off, slowly tilting forward as you unlock and get in. This screen houses the navigation as well as your media and phone connection.
The clarity and quality of both displays are second to none, the lack of buttons across the whole dash also feels incredibly modern.
You’ll find a third display nestled in front of the steering wheel, for the driver’s eyes only. This high definition display presents all your driving info. From speed to gear, temperature, time and even the current speed limit.
Buttons on the steering wheel also enable you to answer calls, set the cruise control or speed limiter as well as flick between your navigation screen and media for quick song changes.
Enabling the full nav map gives you all the info to get you to your destination right in front of you, allowing for total eyes ahead driving experience. No more looking down to the right to check your next turn.
Now, these are an option, but incredibly worthwhile if you cover a lot of miles. Unlike regular headlights where you just get a dipped beam, then full-beam which has to be switched off to avoid blinding oncoming traffic, Matrix LED lights allow full beam even when there are other cars on the road.
It does this by tracking oncoming light sources, masking them our in an area of shadow which follows them until they’re out of the dazzle zone. It also works when following cars at night too.
At first, it’s somewhat distracting, you’re just continually looking at the shadow as it appears and follows the car that’s about to pass you. But the difference between Matrix LED and standard headlights is…well, like night and day.
Last but by no means least is possibly one of, if not the coolest features that have come to fruition in a long time.
Instead of an ordinary rearview mirror, you can opt for the ClearSight interior mirror. This couples a trick camera mounted into the aerial fin at the back of the Evoque, with a hidden LCD screen behind the regular mirror.
Press a button, and instead of having the rear headrests in view, you’re given a full, wide angle shot of the road behind you. It’s as if you were looking directly out of the rear window.
Not only does this help if there are passengers or luggage in the back, but it eliminates your blind spots totally, making reversing in tight spaces a complete doddle.
That camera is covered in a slippery coating, so water just runs off it, and the clever bods at Land Rover have engineered it so that the airflow will clean it while you drive. Meaning it never even needs a wipe.
Not only is the new Evoque packed with tech, but the quality and comfort have been upped ten-fold over the last generation. It makes for a compelling offering in the small SUV segment.
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