10 things we learned about the Range Rover Evoque Convertible
21 October 2016
Author: Alisdair Suttie
|Key rival:|| Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet|
|Model tested:|| 2.0 TD4 HSE Dynamic Lux|
|Price as tested:|| £51,700|
Has Range Rover hit peak niche with the Evoque Convertible? Al Suttie finds out
1 - Land Rovers of old could be turned into open-tops by removing the roof. The Evoque is somewhat more sophisticated.
2 - The folding fabric roof drops down quickly and neatly to turn the Evoque into a car that's unique in the UK market.
3 - That unique-ness is the key to this car's appeal. If you like cabrios, the Evoque stands head and shoulders above all others.
4 - Not just the height separates the Range Rover from rivals, but the feeling of ease and, even adventure.
5 - The 2.0-litre diesel in our test car was impressively hushed and the Convertible drives well, albeit with some shimmy from the lack of a fixed roof.
6 - From the driver's seat, it's all very normal Evoque fare, which is classy, comfortable and generously equipped in this expensive off-shoot model.
7 - Things are a bit more cramped in the back, but no more so than most other four-seat cabrios.
8 - The front seats can be a faff to slide forward to access the rear bench, but it's a small quibble.
9 - Keen shoppers will find the boot is small due to the folding roof and the opening is more of a letter box.
10 - None of this detracts from the Evoque Convertible's appeal. Is it too niche? No, just quite exclusive.