Back in 2011, Range Rover launched its first-ever compact SUV in the form of the Evoque. It was based on the same platform as the Land Rover Freelander 2 and, for the most part, that was pretty okay. Plus, it was a hit with customers.
Fast forward to present day and the company has an entirely new Evoque out, with new styling, technology, engines and, most importantly, a new architecture.
This time, the most affordable Range Rover comes with Jaguar E-Pace and Land Rover Discovery Sport underpinnings. It also gets the 48V mild-hybrid system and, in about one year’s time, a plug-in hybrid version will be introduced, with the ability of driving on electric power for short periods of time in the city.
The interior of the 2020 Evoque doesn’t disappoint. There are lots of soft-touch plastics, leather upholstery and even a new Eucalyptus textile. The carmaker has improved rear visibility as well by adding a digital rearview mirror hooked up to a camera. The longer wheelbase frees up more space at the back and boot capacity has gone up as well.
So, is there anything to complain about? As it turns out, yes, ther is. AutoExpress drove the all-new Evoque and found it to have more body roll than the Jaguar E-Pace, which is the price for being more comfortable on the go.
Also, the 9-speed automatic transmission, which is standard on all grades except for the entry-level model, has been improved yet it could still use some more fine-tuning, as it’s not the most predictable out there.
As for the rest of their observations that should help you make a clearer picture of the new Evoque, they can be seen in the following video review.