2020 RANGE ROVER EVOQUE FIRST REVIEW

– Complete redesign of Range Rover’s entry-level Evoque SUV
– Offered in three configurations: Evoque, R-Dynamic, First Edition
– 2.0-liter turbo 4 makes 246 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque
– 2.0-liter turbo 4 with hybrid technology offers 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque
– 9-speed automatic and all-wheel drive standard
– Pricing: Evoque $43,645; R-Dynamic $47,595; First Edition $57,745 including $995 delivery

The term “Range Rover” holds a powerful place in premium off-road travel with the brand’s “Evoque” subcompact SUV establishing itself as a stylish and capable luxury vehicle. Since its introduction 7 years ago the Range Rover Evoque has sold nearly three-quarter of a million copies worldwide. However, even as the compact luxury SUV category was up 20 percent in the U.S. last year, Range Rover Evoque sales were down 17 percent.

Losing sales in a growing segment is not where any brand wants to be, so the all-new 2020 Evoque can’t arrive soon enough. The outgoing model’s strengths included a distinct exterior design, plush interior materials and off-road capabilities worthy of the Range Rover badge. The new Evoque retains those characteristics while infusing a healthy dose of advanced technology.

All new chassis

The 2020 Range Rover Evoque’s all-new architecture features a longer wheelbase and more efficient packaging in an exterior footprint nearly identical to the outgoing model. The new chassis is 13 percent stiffer and uses rigidly-mounted subframes to reduce cabin noise and vibration. The design provides a 0.8-inch bump in rear knee room, a larger glove box and center console and a 6 percent increase in luggage space behind the rear seat (now at 21.54 cubic feet). The wider layout of the cargo area gives the new Evoque 50.5 cubic feet of space when the 40/20/40 rear seat is folded down.

Subtle exterior enhancements

The Range Rover Evoque’s trademark styling cues, including its angled roof, rising beltline and sweeping greenhouse, remain on the all-new 2020 version. An ultra-clean profile hides new, recessed door handles and smoothed wheel arches, giving the latest Evoque one of the purest silhouettes on the road. This approach carries through to the front and back, where slim LED head- and taillights reflect the SUV’s minimalist, high-tech vibe.

Updated 4-cylinder turbo plus all-new hybrid

The Evoque’s all-new chassis was developed with electrification in mind. A traditional 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbo, offering 246 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, is joined by Land Rover’s first hybrid drivetrain. The 48-volt mild-hybrid combines the 2.0-liter turbo I4 with an engine-mounted, belt-integrated starter generator and under-floor battery without compromising cargo space. At speeds below 11 mph the engine can shut down once the brakes are applied, capturing and storing the brake energy for use when the Evoque accelerates.

The hybrid drivetrain, offering 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, is only available on the R-Dynamic version of the new Evoque. The higher peak power is provided by increased turbo boost, not the electric motor, which only operates below 11 mph to improve off-the-line torque and fuel efficiency.

A luxury SUV with serious off-road capabilities

Every 2020 Range Rover Evoque comes with standard all-wheel drive and, for the first time on Evoque, Land Rover’s trademark Terrain Response2 system. This setup offers five driving modes (General, ECO, Sand, Grass-Gravel-Snow, and Mud & Ruts), plus an “Auto” mode that detects the driving surface and adjusts for best traction. The Evoque’s maximum wading depth is now up to 23.6 inches, and there’s an optional Wade Sensing feature with ultrasonic sensors that measures the current wading depth and display it on the central touchscreen.

Additional off-road features include Hill Descent Control, Gradient Release Control and All-Terrain Progress Control. These give the Evoque driver precise vehicle management options when traveling up or down steep inclines. The new Evoque’s optional ClearSight Ground View technology further boosts confidence with exterior cameras offering a detailed real-time look at the ground underneath the SUV. Add in the Evoque’s 8.3-inch ground clearance, 25-degree approach angle and 30.6-degree departure, and you’ve got one of the most capable off-road luxury SUVs on the market.

For on-road confidence, the Evoque’s new optional Adaptive Dynamics active suspension system reduces body roll and improves handling by monitoring road conditions every 100 milliseconds and adjusting the dampers to improve ride quality. The new Evoque also includes a standard Driveline Disconnect system, automatically switching between 2- and all-wheel drive to reduce drag and maximize fuel efficiency when conditions allow. An optional Active Driveline system (standard on R-Dynamic models) uses electronic torque vectoring to constantly balance the distribution of torque between the front and rear axles for added grip while cornering.

New Range Rover Evoque Technology

The most drastic changes to the new 2020 Range Rover Evoque spring from its comprehensive infusion of technology. Beyond the new hybrid drivetrain and advanced off-road tech, the new Evoque offers standard driver assistance features like Lane Keeping Assist, Emergency Braking and Land Rover’s Driver Condition Monitor to sense driver drowsiness or fatigue. There’s also a new ClearSight Rear View mirror incorporating an HD video screen with an unobstructed view behind the Evoque. It has a 50-degree wider field of vision supplied by a camera mounted above the rear window. The Evoque is also the first Land Rover with wireless software updates for its infotainment and vehicle systems.

The technology theme continues inside, with an optional Land Rover InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, featuring two 10-inch high-definition glass touchscreens in the center stack and a 12.3-inch driver display screen behind the steering wheel. These three screens are augmented by a head-up display, giving the driver multiple information options to monitor the Evoque’s status and control systems. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, while optional Click & Go rear-seat tablet holders, with charging capacity and a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices, are optional.

Range Rover Evoque competitors
The 2020 Range Rover Evoque competes in the compact luxury SUV category, one of the hottest segments in today’s market. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5, BMW X4, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Porsche Macan offer similar dimensions and performance at roughly the same price. The Audi Q5 was Kelley Blue Book’s pick for a 2019 Best Buy award in the compact luxury SUV category, but the all-new Evoque will certainly be considered when the 2020 models are evaluated.

Range Rover Evoque Engine Choices

que Engine A 2.0-liter turbocharged 4 cylinder comes standard on the 2020 Range Rover Evoque while a mild-hybrid verson of this engine is available on the R-Dynamic model. Both engines are mated to a 9-speed automatic, and all Range Rover Evoque trims comes standard with all-wheel drive.

2020 Range Rover Evoque: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4
Horsepower: 246 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque: 269 lb-ft @ 1,300-4,500 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 7.0 seconds
Top speed: 143 mph
City/Highway Fuel Economy: TBD

2020 Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic: 2.0-liter Mild-Hybrid
Horsepower: 295 hp @ 5,500-rpm
Torque: 296 lb-ft @ 1,500-4,500 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 6.3 seconds
Top Speed: 150 mph
City/Highway Fuel Economy: TBD

Prices, Trims and Features

2020 Range Rover Evoque S
Price (MSRP): $42,650 (plus $995 destination)
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine
9-speed automatic transmission
All-wheel drive Driveline Disconnect
Terrain Response2 with five driving modes
MacPherson Strut front suspension, Integral Link rear suspension
Wheels: 8.0×18-inch alloy wheels; 235/60R18 tires
LED exterior lighting
Lane Keeping Assist
Emergency Braking
Driver Condition Monitor
10-inch Touch Pro display screen
Analog gauge cluster with central TFT display
10-way power front seats
Smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto)

2020 Range Rover Evoque SE
Starting price (MSRP): $47,200 (plus $995 destination)
Wheels: 8.0×20-inch alloy wheels; 235/50R20 tires
LED headlights with signature daytime running lights
Auto High Beam Assist (AHBA)
Automatic headlight leveling
Signature Hi-Line taillights
Powered tailgate
14-way power front seats with memory
Touch Pro Duo dual 10-inch touchscreens
12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display gauge cluster
Park Package parking assist

2020 Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic S
Starting price (MSRP): $46,600 (plus $995 destination)
2.0-liter turbocharged 4 cylinder with mild-hybrid system
Wheels: 8.0×18-inch alloy wheels; 235/60R18 tires
LED headlights
R-Dynamic Exterior Package
R-Dynamic badge
Bright metal pedals
Black gearshift paddles
Chrome door sills

2020 Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic SE
Starting price (MSRP): $51,150 (plus $995 destination)
Wheels: 8×20-inch alloy wheels; 235/50R20 tires
LED headlights with signature daytime running lights
Auto High Beam Assist (AHBA)
Automatic headlight leveling
Signature Hi-Line taillights
Powered tailgate
14-way power front seats with memory
Touch Pro Duo dual 10-inch touchscreens
12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display gauge cluster
Park Package parking assist

2020 Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic HSE
Starting price (MSRP): $55,800 (plus $995 destination)
ClearSight interior rearview mirror
Powered gesture tailgate
Keyless entry
16-way power front seats
Meridian audio system
Blind spot assist
High-speed emergency braking

2020 Range Rover Evoque First Edition
Starting price (MSRP): $56,850 (plus $995 destination)
Fixed panoramic roof
Black contrast roof
Front fog lights
Headlight power wash
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Configurable ambient interior lighting
First Edition floor mats
Illuminated metal door sills with “First Edition” script
Powered steering column adjustment
Heated steering wheel
Head-up display

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