The Evoque caters to a decidedly more eco-conscious customer base than traditional Range Rover buyers. Even so, the Evoque still possesses the chops to keep up when the road gets rough. Styling is edgy and aggressive, but it's clearly a Range Rover from front to back, with characteristic styling touches at the headlamps, grille and tail lamps.
A 240-hp 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is the only available powerplant, but it's a capable one, making 251 lb-ft of torque while still achieving 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway--more than anything else in the Range Rover stable. The engine features direct injection, and it's capable of propelling the Evoque from 0-60 in 7.1 seconds.
A 6-speed automatic is the only available transmission, coupled to a Haldex full-time all-wheel-drive system. Land Rover says the Evoque is designed to be able to ford water up to 19.7 inches deep without hesitation, and ground clearance comes in at 8.7 inches. The Terrain Response system is standard, which automatically provides several settings for different traction situations, ranging from loose gravel to deep snow.
Safety features include anti-lock brakes, an anti-skid system, traction control, side curtain airbags and front-side airbags.
The Evoque is available in 2 bodystyles-- a 2-door coupe and a slightly larger 4-door. Both feature a similar wedge-like side lines. The look is unmistakably Range Rover but features a compact size and a sporty feel.
Standard features on the base "Pure" Evoque include a lip spoiler, LED brake lights, a Meridian Audio system with 11 speakers and Bluetooth, "Dinamica" leatherette seat trim, proximity key ignition an dual-zone climate control.
A Premium package adds a blind-spot monitor, a surround view camera and adaptive HID headlamps.
On the 4-door, a Plus package adds leather seat trim, LED fog lamps, a powered tailgate and a panoramic roof to the Pure. The Premium package adds the contents of the Plus as well as headlight power washers a blind spot monitoring system and luggage rails.
The Climate Comfort package includes a heated steering wheel, heated windshield, heated washer jets and heated front and rear seats. Two kinds of 20-inch wheels are available as is a hard-drive based navigation system.
Dynamic Evoque models include standard MagneRide dynamic suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels and rain-sensing wipers. Adaptive cruise control is optional on both the Prestige and Dynamic.
After debuting for 2012, the original Range Rover Evoque went on to sell more than 800,000 copies worldwide. And if you ask me, by the end of its eight model year run, it was still among the sleekest-looking luxury crossovers on the market. Where the Evoque showed its age, however, was inside, as well as underneath. That's why the might not look like a big step forward, but it's what's inside that counts.
So as to not mess with success, Land Rover smartly didn't stray too far from the design. The wedge shape and fast, tapering roofline remain, but are joined by slimmer LED light housings, and flush power door handles to further clean up the body sides.
The result is distinctive and attractive design, and my First Edition test car offers a hint of aggression thanks to its optional 21-inch, split-spoke wheels. An R-Dynamic Exterior Package that's a First Edition standard amps up attitude further with a darkened grille, badges, body-color bumpers and various burnt copper-colored trim. All of that is particularly eye-catching against theFirst Edition-exclusive Nolita Grey paint job.
The Good Like the original, the new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque’s exterior is sleek and now accompanied by a first-rate cabin with a roomier backseat. Chassis tuning strikes an excellent balance between cornering performance and ride comfort.
The Bad The new nine-speed automatic gearbox will occasionally perform jerky launches, the Touch Pro Duo infotainment screens are dust and fingerprint magnets, and the whole SUV is pretty expensive.
The Bottom Line The 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is a sleek, small crossover with massive improvements to its interior and chassis tuning.
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