Range Rover Evoque: The Best Luxury Compact SUV Right Now?

//Range Rover Evoque: The Best Luxury Compact SUV Right Now?

Range Rover Evoque: The Best Luxury Compact SUV Right Now?

Over the last decade, Land Rover has seen an exponential growth in revenues and popularity. There is a variety of reasons behind this sudden growth, with a major one being the Range Rover Evoque, or the “baby Range Rover” as it’s affectionately called.

There have been very few cars in history that have had such a drastic impact on the fortunes of a company as much as the Range Rover Evoque has had on Land Rover. It has turned the company from one that was a symbol of British aristocracy into a luxury brand that’s attainable to the masses.

Although the Evoque is now fast approaching is tenth birthday, it still looks, as the kids would say, “hella’ cool”. However, is “coolness” alone enough for it to appeal to buyers ten years later? Or does the baby Range Rover have something else to offer as well? Well, let’s find out.

Performance

Like many of its contemporaries in the compact SUV segment, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque comes equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces an impressive 246 bhp. That’s enough power for a 0-60 mph time of just over 6.6 seconds. However, if that’s not good enough for you, there’s the mild-hybrid “R-Dynamic” trim that boosts the output to 296 bhp.

However, you just have to drive the Evoque for a few miles to realize that this car is more of a cruiser than a sprinter. That’s mainly because, despite being a CUV, it’s quite a heavy car. The 2020 Evoque weighs in at a hefty 3,865 lbs.

The Evoque has also been given a brand new transmission for 2020. The new gearbox is a 9-speed unit – and we have to say that it’s one of the best in the segment. It’s smooth as silk, and there’s no pause in the power delivery during gear changes. Moreover, it also ensures that you’re always in the torque band and you have maximum power available at the disposal of your right foot, at all times.

Performance

Mileage

The 2020 Range Rover Evoque gets an EPA-estimated mileage of 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. These are okay-ish figures, but lag behind the ones you get from other luxury subcompact SUVs like the BMW X1 and the Jaguar E-Pace.

Handling and Ride Quality

One of the main drawbacks of the previous model was that it felt lethargic in corners and the body roll was significant. We’re delighted to report that Land Rover has addressed these issues. In the latest baby Range Rover, the chassis feels responsive, and body control and ride quality have also improved drastically.

The steering also feels light and accurate, and the Evoque now rides with a consistency and composure that wasn’t there before. You can get quite aggressive with the new Evoque, and it won’t bat an eyelid. Now, it simply gobbles up mid-corner bumps and crests. If anything, it rides like a miniature version of the Range Rover Sport, which is the highest praise we can dole out.

Off-Road Ability

If you were impressed by the new Evoque’s on-road driving dynamics, you’ll be blown away by its off-road capabilities. It truly is the leader of its class – and by quite some distance as well. Don’t be fooled by its posh looks and small size, the Evoque can tackle all kinds of challenging surfaces. This is largely thanks to 8.3-inch ground clearance, a wading depth of over 26 inches and Land Rover’s proprietary Terrain Response 2 system, which automatically adapts to various surfaces and conditions.

Interior and Tech Features

An impressive powertrain and brilliant handling aside, the Evoque’s real party piece is its glorious interior. Sitting on that finely sculpted, leather encased driver’s seat, you don’t get the impression that the Evoque is Land Rover’s “affordable” offering. The color of the trim options, the stitching, and the materials – all are premium quality and flawlessly finished.

If you spec it right, the baby Range Rover offers a myriad of useful driving aids and amenities. These include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-switch assist, and blind spot monitoring among other options. The infotainment system is a gorgeous 8.0-inch unit and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Moreover, the cabin is designed to be as functional as it is beautiful. The controls are right where you expect them and are easy to use.

The Bottom Line

While the current generation Range Rover Evoque is almost ten years old, it’s still appealing today as it was when it was first introduced. And we have to say that the 2020 Evoque is more than a match for its rivals in the luxury subcompact SUV segment.

 

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