2020 Range Rover Evoque P250 R-Dynamic S – FULL VIDEO REVIEW
Range Rover Evoque has raised the bar in the premium SUV market. Now, the others can only try to play catchup.
Full details of our test car PAT 20MY RR EVOQUE P250 R-DYNAMIC S EDH56A SALZA2AX3LH001282 INDUS SILVER
Evoque’s body is all-new, with only the door hinges being carried over from the old model.
The gorgeous body?:
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Evoque been smooth off slightly, with sexier LED headlights, and slimmer, larger, 3D tail lights. Standard 18” wheels have been optioned up to 20” too. They look huge set against such a low-slung body.
Even the door handles are clever. With smart entry buttons, they sit flush with the body until the car is unlocked. They glide out, in a superbly engineered ballet, but only when needed. This keeps the side profile free of clutter in a way only those with OCD will fully appreciate.
The Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA) allows flexible drivetrains, as well as this sexy body design.
Evoque’s main feature is the low-swept roof. It makes rear view somewhat awkward from the driver’s seat, so Range Rover shoved a camera in, at the base of the shark fin aerial on the roof. It displays a wide-angle view on the rear-view mirror. The whole mirror becomes a monitor, as if there weren’t already enough LCD screens in the cabin.
The genius doesn’t stop there, oh no. 360° view cameras are optional, and as part of that pack, Evoque gains the ability to make the entire front of the car disappear, as if by magic. You can clearly see exactly where the wheels are, as if the wheels alone were rolling along the track.
Evoque’s rear hatch can be powered as an option, with a further option of a kick-to-open function.
Aluminium is used liberally throughout the structure and body panels, and along with ultra-high-strength steel, makes the body very strong and relatively light (from 1862kg). Laser welding is used in roof joints, and all panel gaps have been reduced by 42%.
There are too many engine/trim/option packs to mention, so check out the specification list HERE.
Is the Evoque Cabin both Luxurious and cosy?
The cabin design is top drawer. It is a sanctuary, a place to be calm, even in the most appalling traffic.
Materials have a no-expense-spared ethos. Up to 85% of Evoque can be recovered, recycled, or reused.
Instead of using vast numbers of cows to festoon the cabin in gratuitous, overt, luxury, Range Rover designers turned to the Scandies. Buyers can choose Kvadrat – a high-quality material that combines a durable wool blend paired with a technical Dinamica® suedecloth, made from 53, 0.5cl, recycled plastic bottles per vehicle.
In addition, a clutch of canny customers will have the option of a new Eucalyptus textile produced from natural fibres that when grown, uses significantly less water than traditional materials and features alongside a new lightweight performance material not derived from animals.
Seats have 10-way power adjustment, but I’d like heating and cooling included. In fact, it wouldn’t kill Land Rover to cut down on the packs, and include more for the standard price.
Nonetheless, Evoque’s cabin is deliciously cosy, and very quiet.
Those unusual fabrics and other materials, make the luxury less in-your-face. There is no highly polished wood on every possible surface. In fact, highly polished trim is a curse in bright sunlight, so I am pleased it has been consigned to the bin. Instead, trim is either lightly polished, or matte.
LCD screens compliment the optional HUD, and the driver dials have a large LCD between them, for even more data. You can option a fully digital dash on some Range Rovers, and I’d like to see that standard on all cars, period.
There is a neat cubby hole behind the floating screen on the centre console for phones and such-like.
Space, which at first seems limited, is in fact, plentiful. 4 adults of 6’ will be accommodated comfortably. Rear seats fold down 40/20/40, but the plump cushions prevent them from being completely flat.
A glass roof has a neat roller shade, something no glass roof should be without.
Evoque On the Road:
The i4 Ingenium Evoque engine is a peach. The range includes a couple of hybrid, diesel and petrol options. There is a new 9-speed automatic too. It has a pistol lever in place of the lovely, but wretched, pop-up dial. 183kw/365Nm is put down the all 4 wheels via the clever AWD system.
7.5 seconds to 100kph is reasonable, but a light foot is needed if your fuel bills are to be kept down. The claimed 8.1L/100k was way below what we achieved.
Admittedly, COVID 19 kept our testing local, so we didn’t have the highway runs we would normally do, but needs must.
Steering is incredibly light at parking speeds, and is automated to get into tight parks if needed. Normally this system is easy to use, but no matter what we did, we couldn’t get it to work.
Evoque is chockers full of gadgets, even if many are optional.
We’ve included the full list HERE 20MY_Range Rover Evoque_Spec Guide_190719_tcm296-742549
By far, the best thing is the clever rear-view mirror. This optional extra has a camera at the base of the shark fin on the roof. It displays in the rear-view mirror which is activated by tilting the whole mirror unit as you used to do with the old day/night mirrors. It affords excellent vision in what is otherwise a compromised car. The roofline dips dramatically making the rear window tiny. Throw+ in a couple of headrests, and it is like looking through a toilet roll.
But, at the end of the day, owning a car is about how you feel in it when you’re driving it. Evoque is responsive. Corners are a doddle. As you steer through them, the plucky little 4 cylinder has enough pole to power you out the other side. It isn’t a sport car, and is a much nicer experience when driven leisurely.
Importantly, the cabin is spookily quiet at any speed. The ride is superb. In fact, Evoque is damned-near perfect.
What’s my conclusion?
With Apple CarPlay/Android Auto standard, Range Rover has kicked the ball into the top paddock. It is brilliant to drive, lovely to ride in, and has an air of exclusivity.
If only more of the option packs were standard, especially for this price, I’d be completely happy. I would own this car. I want it, a lot. The i4 183kw petrol engine is my pick. I’d take the top model with all the options. The difficulty then is that you might well be able to afford the much larger Velar for the same money.
If that is the only problem, happy days.
|20MY Range Rover Evoque P250 R-Dynamic S|
MAX POWER (KW)
MAX TORQUE (NM)
MAX SPEED (KPH)
|1,997cc i4 Petrol
183 @ 5,500rpm
365 @ 1,200-1,500rpm
Up to 1,800
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