2020 Range Rover Evoque

When it was launched back in 2011, the Range Rover Evoque was considered a revolution. The compact luxury SUV introduced a younger generation to the Land Rover brand, and it eventually went on to become the brand’s best-selling model by a significant margin with sales reaching well over 772,000 units worldwide. Fast-forward seven years and Land Rover has now lifted the, covers off the all-new second-generation Range Rover Evoque. So we packed up our bags and flew out to Greece to find out everything about the all-new 2020 Range Rover Evoque.

In terms of the design, Land Rover describes the new Evoque as “a sophisticated evolution of the original” while the overall design language takes its cues from the larger Velar with new slim LED headlights. Just like its predecessor, the Evoque looks exquisite thanks to its coupe-like silhouette, fastback roofline and rising beltline. Even the pronounced wheel arches give this compact SUV that extra presence which we think is on-point. Overall though, it’s clear that Land Rover hasn’t altered the design too much, which makes sense given how successful the current model has been. Two new exterior colors are also available: Seoul Pearl Silver, which is named after South Korean Capital, and Nolita Grey, which is exclusive to the First Edition model featuring a metallic finish with burnished copper accents as a homage to New York City.

Inside, the cabin is as sleek, luxurious and minimalist as you would expect for a Range Rover, with more interior options than ever. There are two touchscreens in the center console, handling both infotainment and the climate control system. The only physical buttons are a pair of controller wheels and a volume knob in the lower screen. Other than those, the dashboard and console are clean as a whistle. And for the first time in a Jaguar-Land Rover vehicle, Andriod Auto and Apple Car Play are now standard. You can also choose plant-derived fabrics, premium quilted leather and synthetic material made from recycled plastic bottles for the various materials in the interior. All-in-all, you are never denied the feeling of luxury as you sit inside the new Evoque.

One of the biggest changes in the 2020 Range Rover Evoque is the 48-volt mild-hybrid power system. Offered on the P300 Evoque with its 296-horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, it makes use of an electric starter/generator to recover energy as you press the brakes. The energy is stored in a small 0.2-kWh battery pack located under the floor. The new P250 Evoque still gets the familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, good for 246 horsepower without the 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Both these engines use a nine-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Unlike in the old car, the new AWD can disconnect the rear wheels to further enhance efficiency. The new active driveline system is also smart enough to control the torque distribution between the front and rear axle, including both rear wheels independently. For when the going gets tougher, the new Evoque is equipped with a locking rear differential and there’s also the Terrain Response 2 system with Auto mode, ensuring the crossover has sufficient off-roading creditability to live up to its badge.

Driving the new Evoque is mostly a comfortable and smooth experience. The previous model was also comfortable and sporty, but it lacked the refinement Land Rover has added this time. Gone are the rattles and squeaks in the interior, one of the few issues with the previous-generation car. The new Evoque is much more refined and closer to its siblings like the Velar and the Range Rover Sport. Speaking of sport, the new Evoque is not short in sportiness if that’s what you’re into. You can expect the Evoque to feel more grown up and well-mannered than the old car and that’s always a good thing for a compact luxury SUV. We had a go at its off-road capabilities and we can happily say that it can hold it’s own against the competitors in the segment. It does a fine job crossing any terrain from gravel to shallow river crossing considering the fact that this is actually a luxury SUV. The Terrain Response 2 system and a new all-wheel-drive system with a locking center differential are more than capable of motivating the new Evoque over challenging off-road conditions. You may not take it out there often, but it’s important to know that you could.

Land Rover has done what comparatively few automakers have achieved: it has not only kept the soul of the Evoque intact, but it enhanced it by completely redesigning the vehicle. It would be normal for a second-generation vehicle to grow by 10%, throw a bunch of new trim levels, and generally, be less remarkable. Pleasantly however, Land Rover has stayed true to the original vision and made the Evoque more remarkable.

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