Like a lot of car names, “Evoque” seems to be a made-up word. But in the case of the 2020 Range Rover Evoque, it sounds like the English word for “evoke” – and it matches the meaning. This vehicle evokes luxury unexpected in this size class and all the attributes of the Range Rover brand.
Range Rover’s 2020 model is the second-generation Evoque, and it’s even sleeker and smoother than the original, which launched on these shores as a 2012 model.
Under the hood, our 2020 Range Rover Evoque first edition had a two-liter, 246-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, the Evoque gets an Environmental Protection Agency-estimated 20 mpg city and 27 highway – impressive for this class of vehicle.
It also has electric power-assisted steering, Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 with selectable driving, off-road modes and torque vectoring by braking.
The starting price is $56,850, and that includes a long list of standard equipment. There’s technology such as rain-sensing front wipers, auto high-beam assist, power-folding heated door mirrors, Wi-Fi hotspot and park assist, along with safety features including InControl Protect emergency collision notification, lane-keep assist, rear-traffic monitor, high-speed emergency braking and blind-spot assist.
In fact, our tester had only three extra-cost options: Adaptive Dynamics ($715), Configurable Dynamics ($355) and an upgrade to the 21-inch gloss silver wheels ($300).
So, with $995 destination and delivery charges, the bottom line on the window sticker read $59,215.
Despite its smaller size, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque First Edition feels like a much more expensive machine. It successfully brings the luxury of the big Range Rover down into this size class and makes it a logical alternative for drivers who want the off-road and bad-weather capability and the quality of materials found in the full-size Range Rover in a more compact package.
Mike Hagerty has been writing about cars since 1997 and is vice president of membership for Western Automotive Journalists (waj.org). Read more of his reviews on his website (tirekicker.blogspot.com) or follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/mikehagertycars) and Facebook (facebook.com/mikehagertywritesaboutcars).