Car Review: Range Rover small SUV Evoque gets a makeover

Luxury SUVs are a staple for Range Rover, and now their smallest ride, the new 2020 Evoque, is redesigned to better fit the Range Rover image. It has new front-end styling borrowed from the larger Range Rover Velar, one of the best looking SUVs on the market.

I drove the Evoque First Edition, only available for 2020, and it comes looking sporty with upgrades beyond normal trim levels. With large 21-inch wheels and the racy R-Dynamic body kit, this Evoque looks like one pricey ride when finished in Nolita Grey.

I wish it had power to match its looks, but the Range Rover Evoque First edition only packs 246 hp, not the 296 hp you can get in some Range Rover Evoque models. That’s a shame, because the Evoque is fun to drive, and the optional Adaptive Dynamics allows the small SUV to go from soft to firm with the touch of a button. I would choose smaller wheels if you commute on rough roads.

Choosing the Evoque First Edition means you get just about everything included. The high-quality grained leather finished in two-toned Cloud and Ebony looks top-notch. The rest of the interior has seen an upgrade from the previous Evoque. A nicer selection of interior materials is used throughout, and there is a bit more space for 2020 to boot. An improved entertainment system uses two screens.

Cost: $56,850; $59,215 as tested for First Edition models

MPG: 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway; I managed 20.2 mpg in 206 miles of mixed driving.

Safety: In-Control Protect; emergency braking with assist; traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed limiter; lane-keep assist; driver condition monitor; Park Pack; head-up display; Drive Pack

Options: $715 adaptive dynamics; $355 configurable dynamics; $300 21″ wheels style 5078, split-spoke wheels

Things to know: Range Rover Evoque First Edition is the remake of the popular small SUV. With new style and vastly improved interior, the 2020 Evoque better competes. Prices start around $42,000.

 

Pros:

  • Redesigned exterior shares more style with other Range Rover models
  • An interior that sees an upgrade in materials and design
  • Packed with technology and safety equipment

Cons:

  • First Edition trim level is pricey when compared to other Evoque models
  • Not very large rear cargo area
  • Feels low on power, with just 246 hp

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