Here’s How The New Range Rover Evoque Compares To Its Predecessor

When it was first introduced back in 2011, the Range Rover Evoque quickly became one of the most fashionable crossovers in the world, with sales numbers backing up its popularity.

In fact, in 2012 and 2013, the Evoque accounted for almost 36% of all Land Rover sales on a global level, and in Europe throughout 2017, it was still one of the best-sold SUVs in its class, displaying better numbers than the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

The brand is evolving

Unless you haven’t been paying attention these past few years, you probably noticed that Land Rover have been really focused on creating extremely modern-looking products, with high levels of available onboard technology. So where last decade’s SUVs (like the old Discovery, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport) were very boxy and utilitarian in their design, the newer ones look a lot more progressive, not to mention more elegant.

Nowhere else is that transition more evident than with the Velar. Now though, that very same design philosophy has been applied to the all-new Evoque, which keeps most of its original (yet contemporary) styling alive, while adding just the right amount of proper 21st century flair.

From afar, we wouldn’t blame you for thinking that the 2020 Evoque looks more like a comprehensive facelift than anything else when standing next to the first-gen model. But while its overall shape is pretty much identical, everything else has been streamlined for a cleaner look, from the headlights to the grille, spoilers, taillights, wheel arches and even the door handles.

The new Evoque looks like the type of car you would expect to see in one of those realism based near-future sci-fi movies, and don’t think for a second that it wasn’t the plan all along. Besides, it’s a direction Land Rover has already embraced as a car brand, for both styling as well as future tech/R&D purposes.

Now, could you make an argument that the old Evoque looked perhaps a little more rugged? Maybe, but it’s not like people would form lines to pick the first-gen model over the all-new one.

A more rewarding environment

On the off-chance you would even consider picking the older Evoque, know that you would be giving up on enjoying a proper digital gauge cluster, a widescreen infotainment display, plus a second touchscreen display for your climate controls – just like on the Velar.

You would also give up on a little extra rear knee room, as well the 10% increase in luggage space. The old Evoque was far from practical, so these types of improvements are most welcome.

Yet, perhaps its most impressive feature is the Ground View system, which basically makes the hood invisible, allowing you to have a 180-degree view of what’s underneath the front end. The fact that this type of system is available on what is technically a sub-compact crossover, is quite remarkable.

But what do you think? Has Land Rover done enough for the Evoque brand so as to keep it going strong well into the upcoming decade?

  • The gear shifter on the new one seems like a lot of wasted space. Not saying they should have kept the rotary knob, but you have a big square with the shifter in the middle. You could have bottons, a cup holder, or storage.

  • Bash

    Neither!

    • Jay

      I like it but I cannot get over the rear. It can’t be good looking out the back of that thing.

      • Bash

        I agree, they gave it a hedious rear and also a stupid gear shifter, let’s not forget that as well.

  • Nordschleife

    While I love the new looks in the pursuit of more sales you took the fun out of this model. This was the only vehicle that had a coupè and a convertible and while impractical it was fun. It was different.

    In the pursuit of the almighty dollar we are already canceling creative shapes and ideals for the run of the meal vehicles.

    If GM or Ford or whomever can take one platform and share it with 4 different car companies or 6 (looking at you Audi) and make a business case for it. Land Rover/Range Rover wasn’t losing billions of dollars by making a coupè or convertible of a model that you were smart enough to make a 4-door in the first place.

    I say this to say. I want a damn coupè.

    • YEAH, THE COUPE WAS SHARP.

    • Seats & a steering wheel

      This model symbolises everything that is wrong in the automotive world today. Sleek sedans and wagons replaced by these pudgy looking hatchbacks on stilts known as SUV’s and CUV’s.

      • Kevin

        It looks great and the older model model drives beautifully. Who cares if you don’t like SUV’s. A lot of people do ,that’s why manufacturers make them

      • Nordschleife

        But it’s not. Everyone has choices. I don’t mind any vehicle being produced as long as we have options. Carmakers can be more realistic but they don’t have to cancel all other vehicles because this one happens to exist. That’s greed. It’s still people who like coupes and who like the 2-door version of this. I have no kids, don’t plan on having kids and generally drive by myself. Let me keep my options.

  • Bo Hanan

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

    • Belthronding

      lol

  • charlie bear

    Before it was easier to distinguish a new car from its predecessor. Now you have to search google to figure out the the new one. By the way, the old Evoque rear is prettier than the new one.

    • ErnieB

      Agreed.. scroll down and it’s hard to spot the difference .. biggest improvement is inside though..

  • no25

    Been waiting for this comparison because you can’t tell much of a difference without a close comparison like this.

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    Which is the new one? This really is the Kim Kardashian of automobiles, esp the convertible version. The most cringe inducing car on sale today.

    • D3X

      The more I look at it, the more it’s evident that this is a refresh and not completely new, all the lines are very similar except that this car is smoother with them. Same chassis and dimensions. The biggest design differences are taken from the Velar and applying it here.

  • Marwan Abdul Hak

    They should introduce a 2 doors version. That’s was the original. There are tons of 4 doors SUVs and we are left only with the Jimny

    • Jay

      you forgot Wrangler and maybe the upcoming bronco will have a 2-door version as well.

      • Marwan Abdul Hak

        The Bronco Unfortunately wont. I mentioned the Jimny just for referencing but if you want to truth neither the Wrangler or the Jimny are filling the gap for 2 doors Evoque; those are so rugged and Evoque is on the Luxury softer side.

    • Mark Hawthorne

      It didn’t sell. If no one wants to buy it why make it? All that cost for nothing when more than 95% of buyers opted for the 4 door. Simply not worth the investment.

  • BlackPegasus

    I still don’t get the point of this vehicle. It’s not practical nor utilitarian and the roof slopes which makes the rear seat almost useless to grownups. Not to mention the tiny cargo space.

    • Kevin

      Don’t buy one then. Simple

    • Harry_Wild

      Evoque is about style! Have a stylishly looking car.

    • Axel Cortez

      Im 6ft and I fit perfectly in the back of the evoque, cargo is not bad I have pictures to prove it… we have traveled 4 in the evoque (all adults 2 of them women) in a 5hr trip and it was perfectly fine. It would be better in a disco 5 yes for sure, but for a city car I love it.

    • Nordschleife

      Everyone doesn’t need the massive practicality that you speak of. I am 5’11 and fit fine in the front and back.

  • Six_Tymes

    Nice suv, this comparison just shows how far ahead of its time the previous design was. Fantastic design work all around.

  • Sébastien

    Ohhh they dropped the rotary gear knob for a stupid lever 😭

  • Zandit75

    I sure hope there is an alternative to the steering wheel. That is hideous.

  • Denzel

    They should have kept the 2-foot version. If the new defender isn’t a 2-door then you they lost it. You see that jeep still has a 2door Wrangler.

  • Callanish

    All that new technology in a car company that doesn’t have the best reputation for reliability is what would be at the forefront for me in buying any Land Rover model.

    • Miknik

      Let’s put it that way: I wouldn’t dare anything but a lease for max. 3 years with any of these super tech laden new cars, and yes, a Land Rover especially.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    As good looking as this new Evoque is, I feel as though the first gen is still more appealing. This looks like the Velar, not that it’s a bad thing but strikes me as lazy and unoriginal.

  • OSM CHAÎNE

    Just another facelift

    • Miknik

      It does look a lot that all the hard points plus the greenhouse are identical, so yeah, more like a large face lift.

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