2020 Range Rover Evoque Test Drive

By Omar Rana | January 16, 2020

Upon its launch, the Range Rover Evoque became the entry-level and affordable option for those that wanted a Land Rover but didn't want to drop a ton of cash for the big daddy Range Rover or Range Rover Sport. With over 772,000 units sold, the Evoque became one of the brand's top-selling models, and it's been significantly updated for the 2020 model year. While the full name of Land Rover's compact crossover is Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, in the interest of simplicity, I'll be referring to it as the Evoque.

Contrary to popular belief, the Evoque doesn't compete with the likes of the BMW X3 or the Mercedes-Benz GLC. Instead, it competes with the smaller BMW X2 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA. That said, the luxury compact crossover segment is a very challenging one.

It seems like every week, an automaker is trying to outdo its competitors in the segment, so rationally speaking, the Land Rover Evoque desperately needed an update to stay relevant.

Outside, the latest Evoque keeps its familiar size and look, but it heavily borrows some design elements from the gorgeous Land Rover Velar. On the inside, it gets a major interior upgrade which brings it closer to modern Land Rover models.

So is the Evoque a formidable contender in the compact luxury crossover segment? Read on to find out.


2020 Range Rover Evoque Exterior

Side view of 2020 Range Rover Evoque

Personally, I’m absolutely loving where Land Rover’s exterior design language is heading. The new Velar is one of the best looking models in its segment, and as I mentioned earlier, the 2020 Evoque cribs a lot of design elements from its pricier stablemate.

Built on Land Rover’s new Premium Transverse Architecture, the new Evoque has a slightly longer wheelbase than its predecessor, which helps create some extra cabin space. While the Evoque has kept its recognizable form and size, it's definitely been modernized. The sloping roofline and high beltline give it a nice strong stance, while the pronounced shoulders and wheel arches give it an expensive look. The rear end clearly borrows design cues from the Velar, which is a great thing.

My test model, the Evoque First Edition, comes standard with a fixed panoramic roof, grated liner dark aluminum trim, and 20-inch alloy wheels. The First Edition is also available in three exterior color choices including Yulong White, Seoul Silver, and the one you see here, Nolita Grey. Keep in mind, the Range Rover Evoque First Edition carries a price tag of $56,850**.

Personally, I wouldn’t go for the First Edition since it’s not available in black, so I went on Land Rover's website and built a black on black Evoque SE with all the exterior and interior options I'd want. Starting with a price of $47,200** for the Range Rover Evoque SE, I went with Narvik Black ($0), 20-inch gloss black wheels (+$500), and the panoramic roof (+$,1,280).

Since the Evoque SE comes standard with Premium LED headlights, I made no changes there. While those exterior options bring the price up to $48,695**, the interior options and packages I added brought the price tag to $54,100**.

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2020 Range Rover Evoque Interior

View of 2020 Range Rover Evoque interior

Since the 2020 Land Rover Evoque is an inch longer than the outgoing model, rear legroom is increased to 38.3 inches. Beyond that, the interior of the new Range Rover Evoque has been completely redone to bring it closer to the new Land Rover models.

Depending on the model and options you get, you can get the InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. The two-screen setup has a slight learning curve, but I've noticed it performs slightly better and quicker than one of the big Range Rover.

Other than that you have an awesome Meridian sound system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, heated and cooled seats, heated steering and much more. My favorite tech feature has to be the new ClearSight Ground View’ camera which is a part of the 360 degree surround camera system. The new view allows the driver to see under the front-end of the vehicle while parking or off-roading. Max cargo capacity comes in at 50.5 cubic-feet.

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2020 Range Rover Evoque Powertrain

Rear 3/4 view of 2020 Range Rover Evoque

The compact crossover segment is getting to be a very competitive one. With that in mind, many brands have decided to differentiate with some high-performance models like the BMW X3 M/ X4 M, Mercedes-AMG GLA45/GLC 63, Porsche Macan Turbo/GTS, and more. Personally, I would love to see an Land Rover Evoque SVR. I think the design and the overall appeal of the tiny Land Rover will lend itself to an impressive high-performance variant.

As a daily driver, the Evoque is quite a comfortable and capable ride. Power comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo making 246 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, and the trip from zero to 60 mph takes seven seconds. Folks keeping score at home will notice that's on the higher end of the for vehicles in the segment, as the BMW X2 and X3, the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the Porsche Macan, and the Volvo XC40 are all quicker than the Land Rover Evoque. Of course, no one shopping in this segment is looking for the quickest option. So how is it on gas? Well, the new 2020 Evoque averages an EPA-rated fuel economy of 20/27 mpg* (city/highway).

Of course, this cannot wear a Land Rover badge unless it can rover over some ranges, and in that regard, the Evoque doesn't disappoint. There's a ground clearance of 8.35 inches, a 30.6-degree departure angle, and it will also wade through 23.6 inches of water. Combine that electronic nannies like Terrain Response, Wade Sensing, and Hill Descent Control, and you can go crazy on the way to your local Whole Foods.

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2020 Range Rover Evoque Safety

Rear view of 2020 Range Rover Evoque

At this point, the 2020 Evoke hasn't been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That's not unusual for brand-new models.

That said, safety conscious buyers will appreciate that the entry-level Land Rover comes standard with some advanced features, including a pre-collision warning with braking, lane keep assist, and a driver condition monitor. Other features, like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and a heads up display are optional extras.

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2020 Range Rover Evoque Overall

Back seat of 2020 Range Rover Evoque

All said, the 2020 Land Rover Evoque is a great evolution of its predecessor, and it's grown up a lot in order to make it more competitive in an extremely challenging segment. Prices for the 2020 Land Rover start at $42,650**. Visit your local AutoNation Land Rover dealership for a test drive today.

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2020 Land Rover Evoque Specs

Layout

4-door, 5-passenger, SUV

Engine/Transmission

2.0L I-4

246 hp / 269 lb-ft

9-speed automatic

Mileage

20/27 mpg (city/hwy)

NHTSA Safety Rating

Not available

   

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*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.