ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Overall, the Evoque compact SUV is more about style than functionality. We tested a four-door Evoque with the old six-speed automatic, and got 21 mpg overall. A nine-speed automatic is now standard, and it's neither smooth nor responsive. The ride is choppy and noise levels are elevated. Interior room and visibility are sacrificed for the striking silhouette. Controls are a bit quirky. Routine handling is sprightly but becomes disconcerting at the limits. The Evoque's Terrain Response system facilitates moderate off-road capability--uncommon in this class. Updates include new seats and the new InControl infotainment system, and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist is optional. Unique among SUVs, a convertible version is available.