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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque - Driven

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque - Driven

Familiar style meets improved substance

Back in 2012, the Range Rover Evoque was a radical departure. This Land Rover sub-brand made a name for itself with powerful, comfortable SUVs, with big, boxy, classic styling. The “Baby Range Rover” Evoque was a subcompact crossover with a sleek silhouette and tiny windows. It looked like a bold concept car that instead hit the streets. The bet paid off — the Evoque not only brought new customers into the Range Rover fold, but it successfully previewed the brand’s direction. This once-radical face now adorns the Range Rover Velar, Range Rover Sport, and even the flagship original Range Rover.

What the 2012 Evoque didn’t have was perfect luxury-grade substance. It was a head-turning little luxury SUV upholstered in expensive leather, but built from old Ford parts. Buyers who fell in love with the looks had to live with mediocre ride, handling, and acceleration, to say nothing of its cramped cabin and tight outward visibility. And while many buyers happily did so, Land Rover redesigned the Evoque this year to improve its substance without compromising its style.

We recently spent a week in the redesigned 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (apologies for the long name) to evaluate how well the company did. We found it to be improved but still imperfect: loyal owners should have nothing but praise for the changes, and there are enough improvements to bring in some new buyers to the fold. But purely on substance, we’d be hard-pressed to call the Evoque a leader in the cutthroat subcompact luxury SUV segment, particularly at above-average prices that start above $42,650. Let’s discuss why.

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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HST - Driven

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HST - Driven

An outsider’s impression of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport HST

SUVs are the latest trend but that is nothing new to Range Rover. The first Range Rover was introduced in 1970 and the brand has been making premium SUVs for decades so the idea of a luxury SUV is nothing new. Of course, luxury in 1970 and luxury in 2020 are totally different. For 2020, Range Rover sells tons of different variations starting as llow as $37,800 all the way north of $200,000.

We decided to drive the new 2020 Range Rover Sport HST. The HST has black wheels and a black roof and looks to be the sporty alternative to your regular Range Rover. The exterior is perfectly proportioned and looks very aggressive and luxurious at the same time. It still retains the boxy styling with large windows which is great because that translates into more room inside and better visibility.

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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport - Driven

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport - Driven

The automaker has certainly upped the ante with this wholesome package

Despite offering one of the most premium cabins in its SUVs, Land Rover is still not recalled as a luxurious brand. It is, however, synonymous with reliable, tough off-roaders. But, if you have spent some time with any of the latest models, you will realize that the brand has come a long way in terms of spoiling and pampering the customer. It can give the big three Germans a tough fight in this aspect. And the Land Rover Range Rover Sport further strengthens this faith. Just like any other model in its lineup, the Range Rover Sport will definitely age gracefully and blend well with the upcoming new crop of EVs that look like they belong to another planet. But is the Range Rover Sport all about the aesthetics and luxuriousness? We laid our hands on it and our answer is...of course not!

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10 Facts To Prove That The 2019 Range Rover Evoque Is Worth Every Dime

10 Facts To Prove That The 2019 Range Rover Evoque Is Worth Every Dime

These are the must-know facts about the Range Rover Evoque

As one of the most successful Land Rover products of all time, the Range Rover Evoque has just been thoroughly reworked. Despite looking eerily similar to the first generation car, the new Evoque is actually entirely new - based on an all-new platform, with all new exterior and interior looks, and most importantly, with the tech that complements the change and launches the Evoque into the premium stardom of the future better than ever before. As you may know by now, the looks in themselves do not make a car premium.

Heritage, brand recognition, buyer base and, of course, the technology, do that as well. One needs to build on all of these virtues to be considered premium. And, the Range Rover Evoque has it all. Novel approach by its engineers injects a new life into it with the help of the introduction of some amazing features.

I am listing ten must known facts about the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. It’s quite something.

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The Off-Road Tech that makes The 2017 Land Rover Discovery So Good

The Off-Road Tech that makes The 2017 Land Rover Discovery So Good

Combining software & hardware together for glory

It’s no secret Land Rover products are good off-road. The brand has been making a name for itself since 1948, after all. But in modern times, Land Rover has been trading solid axles and ladder frames for unibody construction and independent suspensions with air springs. Land Rover’s latest vehicle is the 2017 Discovery, an all-new take on the classic nameplate that dates back four generations. Now in its fifth, the Discovery adopts the unibody chassis and high-tech gadgetry designed to make it handle rough terrain better than its competition. Well, this week has me behind the wheel of the fifth-generation Disco, and boy does it ever impress.

I’ve already said the Discovery drives like the Range Rover on which it’s based, and I’ll have a full review coming soon, but I wanted to explore the Discovery’s off-road components in detail. The Discovery uses familiar technology found across the board in other Land Rover products. The heart is Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system. It acts as the brain and control center of the vehicle. The driver selects the appropriate terrain and ride height setting, and the computer does the rest. It monitors vehicle progress upwards of 1,000 times a second and modifies differential locks, traction control, and throttle inputs to ensure the vehicle keeps moving. But, there’s more to the Discovery than just a fancy computer program.

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