2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Review: Form Over Function

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Review: Form Over Function

Land Rover’s Evoque: Bold Look, Tight Quarters

First impressions are important and it’s a good thing you approach Land Rover’s compact SUV, the Evoque, from the outside. The dynamic, sporty appearance features a sloping roof and rising beltline that oppose each other. The clean lines are heightened by flush door handles, slim headlight and taillights, and a narrow grille.

Pretty but Cramped

Inside, the Evoque feels cramped, especially when compared to the comparable Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLC. It has the beautiful feel and look you would expect from Land Rover, but just not enough space. The roof that lowers towards the back makes getting in the back doors awkward and the area feels tight. The rear window is tiny enough that the optional wide-angle rearview mirror should be standard. Cargo space is also less than competitors—in fact, it is equal to BMW’s X2, a hatchback, and eight cubic feet less than the X3.

There’s also been some grumbling about tech upgrades to the Evoque. The steering wheel is clean looking, but the touch-sensitive buttons are not intuitive—most drivers will have to look down before making selections. A futuristic-looking 12.3-inch display on the dash has small typefaces and poor legibility. Critics have also complained that the system is slow and there is a lag time between input and response.

Off-road Chops, On-road Flaws

The Evoque handles more like a compact sports sedan than an SUV. It is agile – steering is exact and responsive. All-wheel drive comes standard and the ride was comfortable with some movement on city streets. The powertrain is underwhelming. Acceleration is touchy with a noticeable lag time when giving it gas. The transmission seemed hesitant and unsure, especially when kicking down into lower gears. Though the clearance is just 8.3 inches, the front and rear overhangs have good approaches and departures for off-roading. You probably won’t buy the Evoque for its off-road chops, though. Your off-roading will probably be confined to supermarket parking berms rather than rutted, rocky rim trails.

This all makes sense in a way. The Evoque is Land Rover’s attempt to woo smaller female drivers. In fact, 62 percent of buyers are women, building a strong demographic appeal for drivers overlooked by many makers. The Evoque is a good choice when style and off-road chops are your top priorities in a vehicle. You might want to look at others in the class if you need some more room and better functionality. Since 1981, EuroCar Service has provided better functionality and reliable honest service for European vehicles. When you are looking for the very best for your Land Rover, Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes, Fiat, MINI, SAAB, Smart car, Volkswagen, or Volvo, we offer highly trained ASE Certified Master mechanics and the latest in automotive technology. Conveniently open Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 5:30, we even provide free shuttle service and loaner cars for our Seattle customers. We are committed to the state-of-the-art methods demanded by owners of the world’s highest-performing vehicles.  Join the EuroCar Service family by scheduling an appointment online or calling at 206-527-8228 today!