Inside the 2019 Range Rover Evoque

Known for its one-of-a-kind styling, the 2019 Range Rover Evoque makes a powerful fashion statement. However, this compact luxury crossover is also remarkably fun to drive. With the arrival of an updated infotainment system, it’s become even more rewarding.

Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the 2019 Range Rover Evoque.

Trims

  • SE: $41,800 (Two-Door Convertible: $52,100)
  • SE Premium: $45,900
  • Landmark: $48,400
  • HSE: $51,100
  • HSE Dynamic: $54,300 (Two-Door Convertible: $57,800)
  • Autobiography: $62,600

Performance Specs

Range Rover equips the new Evoque with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. While the base version produces 237 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque, a stronger variant is available on the HSE Dynamic and Autobiography trims. It’s rated to develop 286 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters comes standard as well.

Expect the 2019 Range Rover Evoque to deliver lively acceleration. A responsive steering system and a sporty suspension also enable this crossover to handle very well. Torque vectoring technology promotes greater stability when driving on twisty roads. Although the Evoque’s ride may feel a bit stiffer than normal, most drivers won’t have any complaints.

Very few crossovers in the segment are as versatile as the new Evoque. It’s a great choice for weekend warriors who love taking off-road adventures. Aside from boasting a standard AWD system, the Evoque also offers an impressive list of rugged technologies. When traveling over rough landscapes, All-Terrain Progress Control keeps you moving at a safe speed by automatically adjusting your throttle. You can also take advantage of the Terrain Response system, which features various driving modes like Mud and Ruts.

Fuel Economy

The 2019 Range Rover Evoque is not bad on gas for a 4WD-equipped luxury vehicle. It’s estimated by the EPA to deliver 22 mpg in town and 29 mpg on the highway. Rated to deliver 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, convertible models are only a tad less efficient. As expected, premium unleaded gasoline is a requirement.

Entertainment Features

There are enough features inside the base Evoque SE to keep most people happy. Its standard InControl Touch infotainment system has been updated for 2019. You’ll enjoy the 8.0-inch touchscreen’s improved layout, which makes it more enjoyable to use. Some of the other notable standard features include an eight-speaker audio system, a backup camera, and navigation.

Some high-end upgrades are available on the more luxurious trims. The larger Touch Pro 10.2-inch infotainment screen is a popular upgrade. Meanwhile, Edmunds praises the available Meridian premium audio system for its rich sound quality. An enclosed subwoofer ensures deep, forceful bass. Wi-Fi is also available for drivers who must stay connected to the Internet.

If you hate the chore of parking, consider getting the Evoque’s available Park Assist system. By controlling your steering, it can automatically guide you in and out of spaces.

Safety

While the NHTSA has yet to give the 2019 Range Rover Evoque a safety rating, it does offer today’s most sought-after safety features. Front and rear parking sensors come standard. You’ll also benefit from emergency brake assist, which optimizes stopping power during panic situations.

Several optional driver-assist technologies are available. When vehicles are quickly approaching in the next lane, the Evoque’s blind-spot monitor will trigger a warning light. If you happen to start feeling sleepy at the wheel, Range Rover’s Driver Condition Monitor will encourage you to take a break. Meanwhile, a surround-view camera enables you to zoom in on parking lot obstacles. Some of the other safety innovations include traffic sign recognition, lane-keep assist, and smart cruise control.

Pros

Exciting Cabriolet (Convertible) Model

No other SUV in the segment offers a convertible body style. A folding soft top enables the Evoque Cabriolet to offer endless fun during the summer. It’s a more practical alternative to a drop-top sports car.

Stunning Exterior Design

If you enjoy standing out from the crowd, the 2019 Range Rover Evoque may prove to be a perfect match. A sleek roof and a sporty stance help the Evoque to become the center of attention. Of course, some people will find the two-door convertible to be even more irresistible. Several breathtaking colors are available, including Moraine Blue and Firenze Red.

Elegant Interior

On the inside, the Evoque is far more luxurious than the typical compact crossover. High-quality leather upholstery and soft-touch doors come standard. Because of the Evoque’s comfy seats, you’ll love taking it on road trips. Upgraded power-adjustable front seats with a massage function are found on the range-topping Autobiography trim.

On and Off-Road Driving Excitement

The 2019 Range Rover Evoque will appeal to a wide range of different drivers. While athletic handling and brisk acceleration make the Evoque engaging to drive on the street, standard off-road goodies enable it to navigate the backcountry.

Cons

Not Much Rear-Seat Space

A sloping roof diminishes the Evoque’s available headroom. Most adults sitting in the rear will also desire more leg room. Furthermore, some people will have a difficult time climbing into the two-door convertible’s backseat.

Final Thoughts

The 2019 Range Rover Evoque is a unique vehicle that doesn’t get lost in the crowd. Versatile driving dynamics give you more reason to consider the new Evoque as your next vehicle. Does it deserve a spot in your driveway?

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