2020 Range Rover Evoque Is A Good Excuse To Buy A Premium SUV

You could say that, despite not looking that different from the model it replaces, the second generation of the Range Rover Evoque is one of the smartest looking SUVs in its class.

Despite the similar looks, the 2020 Evoque wears a completely new bodywork that combines its predecessor’s popular shape with design details from the bigger Range Rover Velar, including the pop-out door handles and slim front and rear lighting units.

The underpinnings are also new, featuring a slightly longer wheelbase for a roomier cabin, which should rectify one of the weakest points of the original. The new platform is also compatible with electrified powertrains, with a plug-in hybrid option expected to join the range next year.

The cabin of the Evoque combines better-quality materials with new trim options and Land Rover’s latest tech features, including a digital instrument display and the dual-screen setup for the infotainment and HVAC controls. There’s even a very nice wool-blend upholstery option made out of recycled materials, as shown in Carwow’s latest review.

All models are powered by 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, in diesel and petrol versions. Only the base manual D150 diesel model is front-wheel drive, while the range-topping version features the 296hp (300PS) petrol engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

With rivals such as the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40, is the new Range Rover Evoque capable of continuing the success story of the original?

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Yeah, but you’d be driving it like this:🤞
    for the duration of your ownership.

    • Axel Cortez

      4 years only had an issue with the left rear abs sensor a $200 and 5 min fix

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        You got a Friday car. They weren’t supposed to be like that. 😉

        • Axel Cortez

          Honestly I think its because the evoque is an old platform with an ecoboost engine so its somewhat reliable and cheap to fix.

  • FloridaMatt

    If its infotainment system is as terrible as the one in the current Evoque, stay away.

    If its interior features the same reflective center stack as the Velar, you don’t drive on bright sunny days.

  • Bash

    no, in fact Lincoln could be the reason why many people will be in the market for a new premium suv.

  • Mike anonymous

    It may just be me but I feel as though that the new Evoque, while great looking, seems to have lost the spark that made the original 2011 (Pre-2015 Facelift) So special.

    The Evoque itself was originally designed to be the ‘car’ of the LandRover brand back when LandRover only made a few SUVs’ & Jaguar only made cars.
    I remember back when they originally released the LRX Concept and how close to the concept the production version looked (exterior-wise).

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d27982619f6b63dc9049856d9d4c0a86486c0309c1c2603c28492c614505fddd.png

    In 2015 the gave the vehicle a facelift (not shown here) with a new lighting scheme (on the front and rear) and body panels that seemed to really dispose of the spark the 2011 model year had upon its’ release. LandRover quickly canceled both the Coupe Version & Convertible version after the facelift due to an ‘unexpected’ drop in sales.

    This new generation attempts to regain what was lost, and I think it actually does quite a good job at doing so (it seems to be a really nice premium SUV this generation around… but even with that, it still feels as though something (that ‘spark‘) is missing…. (Again) maybe it’s just me.

    • Nordschleife

      It’s not just you. You and I have chatted about this before. This was the fun model and I feel they (in the almighty pursuit of the dollar) took the fun out by discontinuing the coupè and the convertible.

      It’s a shame really. While this looks good a second generation with more avant-garde styling would have been phenomenal. I guess the right side of the brain wins again.

      • Mike anonymous

        Yes, We have @craigdoss:disqus. Again, I absolutely agree and feel the same way. I have not given up hope to see the coupe (or (again) normal version of the Evoqe) again in the Evoque range once again, but with that said, I do believe your statement puts it perfectly.

    • Greg Richards

      The Cabriolet Evoque is still for sale in the U.K only the three door coupe version has been axed due to poor sales.

  • Bash

    True, I give you that.

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