The all new 2020 Range Rover Evoque is a sheer example of true off-road heritage, overall performance, and style statement. Even though the old generation is still fresh in the minds of a lot of people, however, the fresh Range Rover Evoque has made a comeback with a design that is stylishly advanced from the previous one. It is now underpinned by the new Premium Transverse Architecture, comes with BS-VI diesel and petrol engine options, modernized interiors with the latest features, and a whole bunch of hopes to live up to.
At least, the looks seem covered!
The aesthetic appeal of the original version of this premium vehicle has been carried forward with widespread updates to the sheet metal with the purpose of making it more drooling. No matter it is the belligerently raked window-line, idiosyncratic roofline, or the large wheels, everything makes for a breathtaking standpoint. You will simply love the aggressive blend of ruggedness and power, no matter what angle this SUV is viewed from.
What is on the offer on the inside?
When seated in the all new Range Rover Evoque, your mind will be diverted to the dash, which is layered remarkably and positioned fairly high up. It is crafted with liberal use of some o the best soft-touch materials in a piano black trim and has some beautiful brushed aluminum inserts as well. And, as with all the vehicles manufactured by Land Rover, Evoque is the one that gets a big fat steering. However, the instrumentation dials would have been more tempting had they been earlier.
We would even like to draw attention to the glass area that is tremendously compact, and the back windscreen is simply extremely tiny, which is the same as its earlier model.
Taking up the key position on the center console, there is a big ten-inch touch screen infotainment system that mates with six speakers. Not just is it high-resolution, there are attractive graphics as well. The frame rates are speedy and the touch panel is very responsive as well. In case we fail to remember, your preferred track played off the phone’s Apple CarPlay or Android Auto app is supposed to be nothing short of engaging.
Under this, there is a panel with a tidy array of touch and physical buttons, in conjunction with rotating controls for the air conditioning and other very important features of the SUV.
Storage up front is dealt with by the twin-lid central armrest, the cup holders prior to it and the airy pads on the doors as well. At the back, there are the door-pads again, a pocket on the back of both the seats, and the front ones have an adequate amount of padding, are solid and there is enough shoulder and lateral support. Yet, thigh support may possibly have been improved!
Knee room and thigh support for both the seats at the back is just fine. However, the bench itself is positioned low in order to allow for additional headroom. This, in conjunction with a little upright backrest stance, does not make for a comfy seating pose. In addition to that, accommodating a middle passenger will be a painful affair as a result of the cushioning sticking out, and the lack of foot space because of the transmission tunnel in the middle.
The boot of the 2020 Range Rover Evoque is a comparatively square enclosed space that can without difficulty gulp down two suitcases of medium size and two duffel bags of large size. Terrain Response 2, ABS, torque vectoring by braking, electronic traction control, roll stability control, an intrusion sensor, and a slew of airbags are some of its promising safety features. The “S” trim of Range Rover Evoque even gets the flush door handles, a fixed panorama sunroof, powered tail gate, a dual-zone climate control system, a 360-degree parking assist, tire pressuring monitoring system, and LED headlamps with DRLs.
This premium SUV comes with two engine options: the one with 365 Nm with 245 bhp 2 liter petrol motor and 2 liter diesel with 430 Nm with 177 bhp engine. Both versions are mated to 9-speed automatic gearbox. Irrespective of whether it is in idle or you are pottering around in the part-throttle model, there is not much buzz as the NVH is extremely well subdued. The overall ride quality of Range Rover Evoque tilts to being firm at low speeds, with a soft edge to it over the patched-up roads. Over sharper bumps, this can transition rapidly to a bumpy ride. Even though this SUV rides flat once you go faster, you simply can’t run away from the visible road, tire and suspension noise. There is even a tendency for it to nose dive under severe braking. The thing is, none of these attributes are deal breakers.