The biggest sale of Land Rover relies on the spectacular Velar to consolidate its success. The 2020 Range Rover Evoque takes over the design, the interior, and the technologies. Will the British luxury SUV reiterate the cardboard of the first generation in a very different context? Answer the steering wheel of the diesel version D240.
The Evoque is the model that has revived Land Rover on the premium market. Smaller, cheaper and more urban than a classic Range Rover, it quickly becomes the darling of the beautiful neighborhoods. Above all, its strong and innovative style has sold nearly 800,000 customers since 2011. For this new generation, the Gerry McGovern team has played safety while surfing the Velar codes, the most range.
The high waistline, the dipping roof, and the flat hood are there but all the surfaces have been cleaned as if there were no more body parts. He also takes the black band that joins the two taillights and the flush door handles that unfold at the approach of the driver. The copy made should surely appeal to the current owners of Evoque who plays a less sporty aesthetic card than his main rivals the BMW X2 and Porsche Macan.
The luxury SUV is based on an evolution of the current platform – Land Rover announces that more than 90% of the parts are new – which allowed stretching the wheelbase of 2 cm for the benefit of the rear passengers, to house a battery for the ‘light hybridization (48 Volts network) and expand the trunk loading area. The latter wins a few liters in passing to reach 591 liters. However, the Evoque does not lose a kilo on the scale and still stands as one of the heaviest in the category. A defect that directly impacts CO2 emissions and consumption.
2020 Range Rover Evoque Interior
On board, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque is the exact copy of the Velar. He takes over the digital triptych composed of instrumentation, a central tiltable screen and a floating tablet located on the bottom of the dashboard. As a reminder, the upper screen includes all the driving information (navigation, telephony, multimedia, etc.) and the second on the lower part concentrates all the vehicle controls such as air conditioning, vehicle management, and control. transmission, etc. The latter is perfectly implemented and offers a quality of use similar to a state-of-the-art smartphone.
Once again, Land Rover has one of the finest and most luxurious interiors in the category. The purified dashboard is covered with noble materials (stitched leather, wood, brushed aluminum, etc.), technologies abound like the digital mirror or the dematerialized view of the hood and many storages have been improved like the glove box for example.
Land Rover did its best to correct the flaws of the previous model: the living space. The rear passengers gain a little leg room but the British are still stingy in space to the head with his line of plunging you. Finally, the 3-door body disappears from the catalog. It is not known if the convertible will suffer the same fate.
Performance on the field
Our test version, the 4-cylinder diesel 240 hp (D240) compensates for this mass (1,880 kg) by its truck torque (500 Nm), suddenly the driver perceives virtually nothing driving. The accelerations are muscular and the virile recoveries. On the other hand, at the pump, it’s a different story. We recorded an average of 11.6 l / 100 km during our test on the Peloponnese highways. At best we managed to go down to 10.1 l / 100 km on the highway at steady speed (130 km / h) and offroad it has (logically) soared to 18 l / 100 km. What about the 4-cylinder gasoline tested the second day, exclusively on highway and secondary networks, which claims at the lowest 12.6 l / 100 km!
This overconsumption goes hand in hand with major penalties that should curb the ardor of the most motivated on the continent. This will require $4155 for the D240 (163 g of CO2 / km). To find better, it will either fall back on the two-wheel drive version or wait until 2020 and the arrival of a plug-in hybrid version that promises a range of over 50 km in 100% electric. Only the entry-level diesel is offered in 2WD version. Otherwise, all other engines are associated with a 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Although it may be chic, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque is above all a Range Rover who must respect the DNA of the family, in other words, be a true franchiser. The terrain response system that adapts the suspension and transmission to the conditions takes care of everything, you have nothing to do. Land Rover has even equipped it with a special offroad speed controller! On the asphalt, The Evoque is in line with its predecessor offering a high-end comfort marked by suspensions at the top and sound insulation of high quality. The body takes very little roll and braking is sufficiently sized to stop it without sweats.
Land Rover also bridges the Evoque’s delay in driving aids with the appearance of two systems dedicated to visibility. The first, consisting of a wide-angle camera placed at the top of the tailgate retransmits on the central rearview mirror a panoramic image of the rear. The second dematerializes the front of the car with cameras placed on the grille and mirrors. It’s as if you see through the hood, very handy for maneuvers in Vinci car parks.
The new 2020 Range Rover Evoque will be marketed from $45361 on our market with the 150 hp diesel, the 6-speed manual gearbox, and the two-wheel drive transmission.
The entry-level Evoque comes standard, the 40/20/40 split bench, a dual-zone automatic climate control, rain, and light sensors, reversing camera, front/rear parking sensors, projectors LED, 17 ” alloy wheels, 10 ” touch screen with Bluetooth, 2 USB ports and digital radio, standalone emergency braking and Lane Keeping.
The top-level “S” sold from $50527 adds leather upholstery, electric seats, electrically folding and defrosting mirrors, adaptive cruise control, 18 “wheels, navigation, smartphone management, WiFi router and the recognition of speed signs.
The “SE” level, which costs a minimum of $62,449, adds to the combined digital instrumentation, the two touch screens, the side parking sensors, the dipped-beam / autopilot switch, the power liftgate and the memory for the seats. electric, alloy wheels 20 ” and automatic parking.
High-end “HSE” level, starting at $68,127, pushes the nail with hands-free access, perforated leather upholstery, leather interior trim, 380 W Meridian audio system, corner monitoring dead, etc.
Land Rover took advantage of its off-road expertise to provide the 2020 Range Rover Evoque with a very clever system. The Clear Sight Ground View lets you see what’s happening on the ground in front of the vehicle. Whether it is to cross an obstacle or pass in a narrow aisle, this technology makes it possible to remove the hood when driving. Cameras placed on the grille and the mirrors then reconstruct an image of what is happening all around the vehicle. the vehicle, taking care to leave the wheels represented. Naturally, this advanced technology is undermined when covered with mud!
The Land Rover Evoque is evolving in the luxury compact SUV market where its only direct competitor is the Porsche Macan. The German SUV plays the sports card as its minimum power starts at 245 hp. The 2020 Range Rover Evoque, therefore, has the free field in the field of luxury. Two other premium models, the Audi Q3 and the BMW X2 with a close entrance ticket, do not offer such a prestigious interior or such advanced offroad features. However, they are just as comfortable on the bitumen and especially much less fuel hungry.