2020 Range Rover Evoque, putting the Sports in SUV

Since its inception, the Range Rover Evoque has always stood out thanks to its coupe-esque appearance consisting of a sloping roofline and high waist. It also hasn’t changed much since the day it rolled out in 2011.

But that’s all changed as a full redesign has been implemented for this model year, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque is an evocative piece of kit. It retains the sloped lines up and down with the latest styling cues that Range Rover has implemented across the lineup.

But is it worth the premium price tag? Are the sleek lines and premium tech enough to sway your decision? Join us and let’s find out together.

The good

  • Fuel economy
  • Handling
  • Cabin trim

The bad

  • Boot space
  • Price tag
  • Low-range gears

Huge shout out to JLR UAE for allowing us to borrow the 2020 Range Rover Evoque. If the model is for you, and you need somewhere to sell your car, sell it on DubiCars today!

Driving the 2020 Range Rover Evoque

With a smart and attractive appearance, one would question if it’s designed to look good, and that’s it. That’s not the case with the Evoque.

Body roll is minimal as one would expect in a small luxury crossover going through corners. When a bump spontaneously appears mid-corner, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque takes them with ease.

As for what’s under the bonnet, you’ll find a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing a cool 300 horsepower.

The Evoque makes do with a smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic gearbox. To further immerse yourself you can fly through the gears with the small paddle shifters.

Driving at 17km/h or slower will result in the engine cutting. Not because it is broken or anything, the 2020 Evoque is a mild hybrid and can run on regenerative energy stored when decelerating.

Great for heavy traffic situations and saving fuel.

We didn’t have a chance to take the Evoque offroad, and that’s probably a good thing. It does have offroad modes, but the car isn’t for dune bashing and feels more comfortable on the road. But don’t let that stop you from the mountain trails.

2020 Range Rover Evoque

Inside the 2020 Range Rover Evoque

Range Rover’s are known for their plush cabins, and the 2020 Range Rover Evoque is no different even with it being the entry-level Range Rover.

The attention to detail is finely crafted and filled with soft-touch materials. All of this comes together for a luxurious, minimalist and tech-filled cabin.

Speaking of tech, two touchscreens sit smack bang in the middle of the centre console. Turning the car on automatically tilts the top screen for better visibility and gives drivers access to a range of media and navigation functionalities.

Just don’t play around with it too much when driving as it will tell you off.

The second screen takes care of the climate control and vehicle drive modes of which there are at least seven to chose from.

Another unique feature that popped up was the Ground View System. Utilising the cameras mounted in the front of the vehicle, a view appears as if the bonnet and engine bay were non-existent while providing a better view of what’s underneath the front end.

2020 Range Rover Evoque

Tech & safety

The 2020 Land Rover Evoque we tested had everything except the kitchen sink, even though we tried to fit one into the small boot. We’ve already touched the screens, so we’ll focus on what else the 2020 Range Rover Evoque offers.

Drivers will immediately get to grips with the multi-function steering wheel. On said wheel are touch-sensitive panels that control media, lane keep assist, speed limiter and cruise control. Depending on what menus you’re skimming through, the left panel changes but still shows the previous options.

Gazing upon the rearview mirror will give you a clear indication of what’s behind you, standard right? Yes, it does exactly that, and at the same time, it will also display what the rear camera sees to. Ideal for parking situations and on occasion while driving.

Cooled seats were the only option we couldn’t find, but we made do without them.

To our surprise, the rear seats are actually usable as normal humans can fit onto the rear bench. Two people works just fine. Adding a third in the middle is a bit of a stretch, and it takes away the armrest/cup holder.

Sitting in the back not only gives you access to the full panoramic sunroof and a place to charge your phone thanks to the USB be slots in the back of the front seats.

2020 Range Rover Evoque

Final verdict

If you’re in the market for something to nip around town in, then the 2020 Range Rover Evoque is for you and its a big plus if you look to do light offroading say to the likes of Hatta.

But for the price, it rivals roll in with a much lower price point while offering similar features.

Overall, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque is a sleek, crossover that has been massively improved in regards to the interior and chassis.

Let us know in the comments if the 2020 Range Rover Evoque is the right car for you or if it is something you see yourself getting behind the wheel.

2020 Land Rover Evoque price in UAE; starting at AED 174,000.

Dubicars has new Range Rover Evoque and used Range Rover Evoque for sale in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and Abu Dhabi.


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