Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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.

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It's hard to imagine that the Evoque has already been with us for eight years. Its design remains fresh and modern -- it arguably looks more contemporary than many competitors with far fewer years under their tires. And yet, this all-new, second-generation 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque hasn't arrived a moment too soon, because even if the departing compact SUV's exterior remains daisy fresh, its powertrain, suspension and tech features could certainly do with an update.

The second-generation model's arrival timing is also fortuitous because Land Rover itself isn't in particularly good health these days. Blame Brexit uncertainties, tariffs or a flawed investment strategy in China, but don't blame the Evoque -- it's been a massive worldwide hit, with over 800,000 units sold.

The new Evoque certainly doesn't stray far from the old crossover's formula. It remains within a few millimeters in virtually every dimension, with the biggest change being a 0.8-inch longer wheelbase to help aid interior space. The model's already minimalist styling has been pared back even further, with slimmer light fixtures and flush-fitting power door handles being among the most notable changes (the latter are adopted from the Evoque's stunningly beautiful Range Rover Velar sibling).

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