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If you've been considering stepping up to a Range Rover, the compact Evoque is a great place to start.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The all-new 2020 Range Rover Evoque looks great, drives well and is suited for both city driving and off-road exploring, naturally.

Land Rover is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its successful Evoque compact crossover SUV with a complete redesign. The Evoque has sold more than 772,000 vehicles since its 2010 introduction, and the new redesign has made the smallest Range Rover better than ever.

The new Evoque is based on a completely new platform designed to accommodate hybrid batteries and systems. It's part of Land Rover's commitment to electrification that begins with the 2020 model year. The Evoque will be available with a traditional turbocharged engine rated at 246 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, or with a tuned-up version of the same engine plus a mild hybrid system, rated at 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The electric motor in the hybrid system works only at low speeds to help the Evoque get moving.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Land Rover engineers have used technology to simplify the cabin, placing many standard functions into two touchscreens called the InControl Touch Duo system.

Inside, Land Rover's engineers have used technology to simplify the cabin, placing many standard functions into two touchscreens called the InControl Touch Duo system. The top screen handles audio and navigation, while the lower screen handles AWD modes, climate controls, and vehicle settings. The lower screen also includes two innovative dial controls that change functions depending on the settings you're working with.

The interior of the new Evoque is worthy of the Range Rover badge. It's comfortable, quiet, spacious, and luxurious. Land Rover is offering a range of eco-friendly interior materials in addition to leather. Buyers may choose Kvadrat, which is a Danish material composed of durable wool blend and Dinamica synthetic suede material made from recycled plastic bottles, or a Eucalyptus fiber-based textile. The overall effect of the interior enhances the feeling of space in the Evoque, from the wide, unbroken horizontal lines of the dash to the expansive panoramic glass roof, passengers get a light and pleasant cabin.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The interior of the new Evoque is worthy of the Range Rover badge. It's comfortable, quiet, spacious, and luxurious.

On the road, the new Evoque is a consistently strong performer. The 9-speed transmission shifts quickly, and when you keep the engine and transmission active you'll enjoy sports car performance. If you have been coasting or cruising, there can be some throttle lag, but just flip the gear shifter into sport mode to take care of that.

Off-road is where you'll really be surprised by the new Evoque. It may look like an urban SUV, but Land Rover made sure that the Evoque can handle the hills. It's got features like All Terrain Progress Control, sand, gravel, and mud driving modes, and hill descent control to get you where you're going.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The Evoque has an impressive amunt of storage space behind the rear seats, which fold down for even more room.

Pricing for the 2020 Range Rover Evoque starts at $43,645 including all required fees. The mild hybrid starts at $47,595. If you've been considering stepping up to a Range Rover, the Evoque is a great place to start.

2020 Range Rover Evoque

Base price: $43,645

Price as tested: $47,595

Type: Compact crossover SUV

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (246/296 hp, 269/295 lbs-ft)

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

EPA estimated mileage: 20/27

Overall length: 172.1 inches

Curb weight: 4,075 pounds

Final assembly: Halewood, England

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The Evoque will take you on outdoor adventures in style and comfort.

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