Style is the Evoque’s calling card, and it might be grounds for purchase all on its own. With a high beltline, an aggressive sloping roofline, and sharply creased body panels, the Evoque defies all expectations of what an SUV should look like. Short overhangs and a floating roof make for an athletic but graceful stance. Inside, the cabin is simple but welcoming, and Dynamic trims add splashes of color. Leather upholstery is standard, and the front seats are comfy and power-adjustable buckets. Cargo space is solid at 20 cubic feet (52 with the rear seats folded), and a wide trim range makes for easy customization.
But the Evoque pays a price for its bold styling, and second-row passengers foot the bill. The bench only fits two adults to begin with, but leg room and head room are severely curtailed. Tall passengers will likely bump up against the roof. One other nit is the active safety tech, the best of which is reserved for higher trims and expensive packages.