Why Is the 2020 Range Rover Evoque So Unreliable?

Ranger Rovers isn’t known for its reliability, but there haven’t been too many problems so far with most of the 2020 models. The Range Rover Evoque, on the other hand, has several recalls that vary in severity, but are they several enough to explain why they have some of the worst ratings for reliability according to Consumer Reports? And, if the Evoque is so unreliable, why do consumers continue to buy them over and over again?

Recalls, recalls, and more recalls

So far, for the 2020 model year, the Range Rover Evoque is under three recalls, which doesn’t seem like a lot for an older car but is a lot for a brand new one. Starting at the least serious is the recall for the headliner, which can fail and hinder driver visibility, potentially leading to a crash. Headliner might not sound like a big deal, but it is far from the worst problem.

Range Rover Evoque P200 S crossover SUV on display at Brussels Expo
The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

Next up is the recall for windshield wipers, which can potentially cause more problems with driver visibility. Issues with the windshield wipers cause them to fail, which could reduce visibility in the rain. The last and most serious recall involves the structure of the car. When the side curtain airbag deploys, a piece of metal from the headliner detaches and can become dangerous, increasing the passengers’ risk of injury in case of a crash.

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These three recalls don’t seem severe enough to completely tank the Evoque reliability score, but that is because there are other factors at play. The Evoque has a history of reliability problems and consumers claim to need constant repairs and maintenance, leaving their Range Rover stuck in the shop far too many times than they would like for buying a brand new SUV.

It doesn’t offer reliability, but it does offer…

The Range Rover Evoque might not be the most reliable option on the road, but there has to be a reason people continue to buy them anyways. Overall the styling of the Evoque is modest yet modern, with clean lines and an oversimplified yet quality interior. They don’t offer an impressive driving experience, and they aren’t necessarily the most comfortable rides, yet they seem to have a fan club all of their own.

2020 Range Rover Evoque interior
2020 Range Rover Evoque interior | Land Rover

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The Range Rover Evoque might not be the most reliable option in the lineup. Even after several recalls are handled, the cars don’t have a great history of reliability, and owners should anticipate more expensive repairs down the road. Regardless of any problems, the Evoque is still a great SUV that’s stylish and modern and can make an excellent vehicle for someone willing to pay the high-repair costs.