Evocative: The 2020 Range Rover Evoque First Edition

Front 3/4 view of 2020 Range Rover Evoque First Edition
The 2020 Range Rover Evoque First Edition.
"Evoque". It's a made-up word, like a lot of car names. But in the case of the 2020 Range Rover Evoque, it sounds like a real word---"evoke"---and it matches the meaning of the word it sounds like---evoking luxury unexpected in this size class and all the attributes of the Range Rover brand.

Rear 3/4 view of 2020 Range Rover Evoque

2020 brings the second-generation Evoque---which is even sleeker and smoother than the original, which launched on these shores as a 2012 model.

Engine in 2020 Range Rover Evoque

Under the hood, our 2020 Range Rover Evoque first edition had a two-liter, 246-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, the Evoque gets an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon city, 27 highway, which is very impressive for this class of vehicle.

It also has electric power-assisted steering, Land Rover's Terrain Response 2 with selectable driving and off-road modes and torque vectoring by braking.

Side view of 2020 Range Rover Evoque

$56,850 is the starting price for the 2020 Range Rover Evoque First Edition, and that brings a long list of standard equipment:

  • 20-inch wheels.
  • Premium LED headlights with signature daytime running lights.
  • Auto high beam assist.
  • R-Dynamic exterior pack.
  • Powered tailgate.
  • Fixed panoramic black contrast roof.
  • Rain-sensing front wipers.
  • Rear wiper.
  • Rear privacy glass.
  • Auto-dimming, power-folding heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights.
  • Perimetric Alarm and InControl Protect emergency collision notification.
  • Tire pressure monitoring.
  • ISOFIX system for child safety seats.
  • Electronic traction control.
  • Dynamic stability control.
  • Roll stability control.
  • Emergency braking.
  • Anti-lock braking.
  • Emergency brake assist.
  • Rear view camera.
  • Lane keep assist.
  • Driver condition monitor.
  • Traffic sign recognition.
  • Adaptive speed limiter.
  • 360-degree parking aid.
  • Rear traffic monitor.
  • Clear exit monitor.
  • Park assist.
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop & go.
  • High-speed emergency braking.
  • Blind spot assist.
Interior view of 2020 Range Rover Evoque

Interior view of 2020 Range Rover Evoque

Interior view of 2020 Range Rover Evoque

Interior view of 2020 Range Rover Evoque

Gauge cluster in 2020 Range Rover Evoque

Infotainment screen in 2020 Range Rover Evoque

Also standard:

  • Grained leather seats.
  • Power-adjustable heated front seats with lumbar and memory.
  • 40/20/40 split fold rear seats.
  • Heated leather steering wheel with Atlas bezel.
  • Power adjustable steering column.
  • First Edition carpet mats and illuminated metal treadplates.
  • Bright metal pedals.
  • Two-zone climate control.
  • Configurable ambient interior lighting.
  • ClearSight interior rearview mirror.
  • Keyless entry.
  • Pushbutton start.
  • InControl remote.
  • Touch Pro Duo w/Navigation Pro and Pro Services.
  • 360-watt Meridian sound system.
  • Wi-fi hotspot.
  • SiriusXM All Access Package (three month trial).
  • HD Radio.
  • Bluetooth.
  • USB ports.
  • Apple CarPlay.
  • Android Auto.
  • Interactive driver display.
  • Head-up display.
Front view of 2020 Range Rover Evoque

Rear view of 2020 Range Rover Evoque

In fact, our tester had only three extra-cost options, Adaptive Dynamics ($715), Configurable Dynamics ($355) and an upgrade to 21-inch gloss silver wheels ($300).

So, with $995 destination and delivery charges, the bottom line on the window sticker read $59,215.

Despite its smaller size, the 2020 Range Rover Evoque First Edition feels like a much more expensive machine. It successfully brings the luxury of the big Range Rover down into this size class and makes it a logical alternative for drivers who want the off-road and bad-weather capability and the quality of materials found in the full-size Range Rover in a more compact package.