This week we take a look at Land Rover’s redesigned 2020 Range Rover Evoque. In the second-generation version of the Evoque, the folks at Rover went a little more mainstream with the exterior looks, although it is still unique. They made the wheelbase just a little longer, but Evoque still features large tires and wheels, and a very sloping roof.
I find the Evoque exterior to be very attractive with its floating roof, 21” wheels, and large dual exhaust. Notice the very short overhangs in the front and rear, with the meaty tires and wheels set out to the corners of the compact SUV. The front headlights and rear taillights are slimmer than other Rover models, but it still has the Rover grill and rear spoiler.
Rovers have a reputation for having the best all-wheel drive system in the industry, and they are known for stunning interiors with great attention to detail. Such is the case with the 2020 Evoque. My tester is one of the upper line trim levels called the First Edition.
So, would you buy a vehicle just for its door handles? You might when you see how these work. When you hit the unlock button, the handles slide out. Not only are there aerodynamic benefits to this, but you can tell at a glance if the vehicle is locked.
Under the hood of my review vehicle sits a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder gas engine that is hooked to a 9-speed automatic with shift paddles. Together they put out 246-horses, but a respectable 269-pound feet of torque.
Trim levels start with the base Evoque that comes as an S, or SE. Then you move up to the R-Dynamic that comes as an SE, or what you see here, the First Edition model that comes fully loaded and in three unique colors. I was not sure if I liked this color or not, but after a week, it had really grown on me.
When you pull on the cool door handle, you open the door up to a luxurious interior that really gets your attention. The seats are inviting, the steering wheel is among the prettiest I’ve ever seen, even the door panels look great. Everything you touch is soft and flows, and it has a clean, organized look.
When you push the start button, a 12.3” High-Definition Interactive Driver Display comes to life right in front of you. It is extremely configurable in the actual layout of the display and I chose a map in the middle, but there are a lot of settings you can change. It even displays the speed limit for you on a color head-up display.
All this is operated from a round button on the left side of the steering wheel. What’s cool about that is the large button changes appearance as you scroll around the driver display. I can’t say I’ve ever seen that except in the Range Rover Velar, which I reviewed last year.
Evoque has a nice center console with an electronic shifter. There is a button for park, you go forward for reverse, and pull the shifter back for drive.
As you look up, you see not one, but two 10” touchscreens. The bottom screen allows you to focus on climate settings, your heated seats, the vehicle itself, and your vehicle settings. This is as vivid a touchscreen as I’ve ever seen.
Under the vehicle tab on the lower screen is the heart of the all-wheel system. You can change the system settings from Eco, Comfort, Grass Gravel and Snow, Mud, Sand or my favorite, Dynamic. As you change the drive modes, the picture also changes.
The upper screen, which you can adjust in case of glare, is used for navigation, your media choices, and Bluetooth. Everything is easy to operate after a little practice, but at times it is slow to react.
Back seat room is fairly limited for legroom, and it has 40/20/40 back seats. Cargo area is about average, and as usual with Rovers, the second row seat does not fold completely flat, something they really need to work on.
Just a couple of warnings. If you are tall, this vehicle may not work for you. I’ve hit my head a couple of times getting in. The other issue is what I consider to be an unusually small rear window. It looks good, but limits your vision versus some other SUVs.
Notable standard features include power tailgate, a fixed panoramic moon roof, rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, emergency braking, park assist, heated steering wheel, and adaptive cruise control. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, and you get a very nice Meridian sound system.
Fuel Economy and What You’ll Pay
Fuel economy is good at 20 city and 27 highway, for a combined 23. MSRP is $57,845 as my tester is equipped, but the base S model starts at $42,650.
The Evoque drives great, handles great, but there is a little bit of a turbo lag - it’s tolerable and thankfully you can turn off the Auto Start/Stop system.There is a lot to love about the 2020 Evoque First Edition, and it is extremely capable both on and off the pavement.
2020 Range Rover Evoque First Edition
- What I liked most: The interior quality and the door handles!
- What I would change: I’d like to see more horsepower and responsiveness.
- MSRP: Base price $57,845 and since everything is standard, MSRP is $57,845.
- Fuel Economy: 20 City/27 Highway, 23 combined.
- Fuel Tank: 17.9 gallons with filler on the passenger side.
- Dimensions: 172.1” long/78.6” wide/64.9” high.
- Weight: 3935 pounds.
- Trailer Towing: 3968 pounds.
- Miles When Tested: 1200 miles.
- Official Color: Nolita Grey.
- Spare tire: Full-sized spare tire and wheel.
- Final Assembly Point: Halewood, United Kingdom.
- 2020 Evoque in a few words: Unique design, great interior, a superior compact luxury SUV.
- Warranty: 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper with roadside assistance.
- Manufacturers website: www.LandRoverUSA.com