Despite being all new, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque feels — for good and ill — wholly familiar. It’s roughly the same shape as before, though the lines have been smoothed and cleaned up, giving it a scaled-down Range Rover Velar feel. The interior, too, is taken straight from the Velar, along with the handsome but finicky infotainment system. One of the biggest changes comes under the hood. The Evoque is the first Land Rover product to get the company’s new 48-volt mild hybrid system.
Unfortunately, our Evoque First Edition wasn’t equipped with the new powertrain, making do with Jaguar Land Rover’s 246-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. Power is sent to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic. A base Evoque starts at $43,695, but if you want the one-year-only First Edition model, you’re going to be shelling out at least $57,845.
But there are so many little things that annoy me that are also related to the design, starting with that gorgeous glass roof. It lets in loads of light and is unbroken by seams. But it also doesn’t open or vent, so you only get the sensation of airiness without, you know, air. Fortunately, a Land Rover representative told us there will be an opening variation available later
And one last ergonomic gripe, the power seat memory buttons are angled and facing your knees. They fit the shape of the door quite nicely, and actually aren’t too hard to see or press. But multiple times my knee bumped into one of the buttons without me realizing until the seat suddenly began moving while I was driving. According to a Land Rover representative, this is an issue that is being resolved on the production models, whereas this was a pre-production test vehicle.