The latest vehicle JLR has updated is the premium Evoque crossover. But, it doesn’t mean the edition for the upcoming season is going to be the same. Well, the base models won’t introduce any major update, but the carmaker is going to refresh the lineup with new trim and a few other details and features. The fresh architecture is underpinning the 2021 Range Rover Evoque, and it makes the crossover more aerodynamic, lighter, and fuel-friendlier. Plus, the vehicle offers more features, especially driver-aid equipment.
Compact crossover also has a hybrid engine for the new season. It is one of the reasons why you should consider the Evoque as one of the best buys in 2021. Plus, there is a fresh design and attractive look no other vehicle is about to offer next season. Finally, the crossover will be more spacious than before, making it competitive against Lexus NX, Acura RDX, and Cadillac XT5.
Why Buy 2021 Range Rover Evoque?
The crossover is all-new. After a year in the market, we can say it is eye-catching and fun to drive. The first impressions are positive, and the attractive price is one of the main reasons for that. Evoque will be the cheapest Range Rover in the market, as well as one of the most affordable luxury compact crossovers. That doesn’t mean designers used cheap materials. On the contrary, the interior is very cool, with a lot of interesting features. Plus, the lifted body can offer you fun times off the road.
…and What Needs To Be Improved?
If we start this paragraph with the same words as the previous one, it could be continued with critics. The all-new model is only a year on the market. Its reliability is still unproven. Also, we don’t know what will be the resale value of the fresh crossover. The new architecture improved the interior, but the 2021 Range Rover Evoque is not offering enough room inside the cabin. Well, you can avoid this by purchasing a larger SUV, such as Range Rover Velar. Finally, the hybrid engine is a cool addition, but most rivals are offering more efficient units. The base petrol engine returns only 23 mpg, which is poor for the compact class.
Trim Levels and Features
The crossover is currently available in three trim levels, but the First Edition is not going to be there in the second year in the market. So, buyers will definitely get a base and R-Dynamic versions of the 2021 Range Rover Evoque. Plus, the company is working on more versions. Fans are asking if this could be the SVR model. We are still trying to find out what is JLR up to.
Standard equipment includes a lot of hi-tech options. For example, the wireless connection will include Bluetooth connectivity, while the base model is offered with navigation. Voice commands and cruise control will make a ride safer. Plus, the premium crossover is offering leather upholstery, while passengers in the front row can adjust seats with power functions.
The exterior is not too impressive since all the cool features are optional. You can get panoramic moonroof or fog lights with the R-Dynamic trim, or purchase them additionally. Besides these upgrades, the higher trim level also offers a special package for the exterior. Copper bonnet louvers and exhaust finishers are drawing attention. The R-Dynamic will also be eye-catching because of its unique dark grille and dark satin accents on bumpers and side vents.
2021 Range Rover Evoque Engines
There are two possible setups for buyers in the US. Both are based on petrol engines. Diesel units are available in other markets.
One thing is common for the entire lineup – a 2.0-liter displacement. In a standard petrol configuration, it is turbocharged and ready to deliver 245 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. An all-wheel drive is a standard across the entire lineup. A nine-speed transmission is forwarding power to wheels. With 23 mpg combined, this is not the most fuel-friendly crossover at dealerships.
The mild-hybrid system won’t help there with the equal gas mileage. The same drivetrain is supplying the power, but the electric motor is boosting the power output. This setup is good for 295 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The same gearbox and drive system are available, and the hybrid model is coming with the R-Design trim level.
A diesel setup is good for 150-180 hp when turbocharged, or 240 horsepower if there is a twin-turbo system. European buyers can also find the 2021 Range Rover Evoque in a lighter P200 variant, with 200 hp and front-wheel drive.
Let’s stick up to the crossovers we will see in the United States. The base version is coming with an unchanged price, which starts just under $44,000. As always, this brand is more expensive than its rivals. For example, one of the most popular vehicles in the segment is Lexus NX, and its price is $37,000. Still, there are more expensive models as well, such as Porsche Macan and BMW X4.