£46,450 - £53,135 Price range
41 - 42 MPG
When the Range Rover Evoque was launched back in 2011, its combination of concept car looks and a premium feel brought something new to the small SUV class. Now, though, there are plenty of rivals including the Porsche Macan, BMW X4 and Lexus NX.
This brings something new to the market, though. It’s the Evoque Convertible – the only car of its kind currently on sale. Designed to broaden the SUV’s kudos with the kind of young up-and-comers that the standard car targets. Central to its appeal is a roof that drops in 18 seconds at speeds of up to 30mph.
The Convertible can be had with Land Rover’s new generation 178hp diesel engine while, for more pace, there’s a 237hp petrol engine. There’s also the option to specify a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
Losing the roof comes with its disadvantages – practicality has taken a serious knock, performance has been blunted thanks to 277kg of chassis strengthening and Land Rover charges a £5,000 premium over the standard model. That car’s sharp handling characteristics are also dulled slightly, but standard four-wheel drive means the Convertible impresses off-road.
Land Rover only offers the Evoque in high-end trims, so all models come with xenon headlights, a Meridian stereo, leather upholstery, sat-nav and huge 20-inch alloy wheels.
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Few people thought the Evoque could successfully capture the premium feel of its larger (and far more expensive siblings) on the inside. But that’s exactly what it did and, more than five years on, it still feels special inside thanks to lots of soft-touch plastics and expensive metal trims.
The infotainment system had come in for criticism, but the Convertible is all-new sporting a 10.2-inch screen and slicker graphics. It’s more reactive than the old unit, too – and a lot easier to use if still not quite as user friendly as systems with a rotary controller.
Range Rover Evoque Convertible passenger space
Unless you look over your shoulder, you’d be hard pushed to spot you’re sitting in a Convertible Evoque rather than its hard-top sister. There’s plenty of room for tall adults and a wide range of adjustment means it’s easy to get a perfect driving position.
In the back, the car’s transformation is easier to spot. Foot room has been eaten into (thanks to a strengthening beam that runs across the width of the chassis) and knee room is also quite tight – to the point where adults will feel crushed on longer journeys. To make way for the roof’s folding mechanism, the car does without a middle seat and using the wind deflector puts the back out of bounds entirely.
Range Rover Evoque Convertible boot space
Luggage space has also been compromised considerably. The standard car’s big opening is gone and in its place you’ll find a smaller hatch that opens to reveal a load capacity that’s shrunk from 420 to a supermini-like 251 litres.
Cutting off the metal roof means the Evoque Convertible loses the rigidity of the standard car, but Land Rover has tried to engineer round this by stiffening up the suspension. It feels a little harder than the standard car (which itself rides very well) but its steering feels direct and, despite the significant weight increase, there’s only a little more body lean. With no permanent roof to keep things solid, the Convertible suffers from scuttle shake (where you feel the windscreen flexing independent of the body) on bumpy roads and feels less precise than the regular car as a result.
All models come with a nine-speed automatic gearbox that’s fitted with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. Reviewers report it felt hesitant to change up in the pre-production test cars of the car’s launch, but we would expect this issue to be ironed out before it goes on sale.
While the Convertible’s folding fabric roof certainly has its compromises, interior refinement is not one of them. Wind noise – the bane of any convertible – is said to be no worse than in the regular car. That’s thanks to the roof’s five-layer design and polyacrylic construction, which shuts out noise and heat.
In cars like the Evoque, performance plays second fiddle to looking good but, it must be said, the Evoque is pretty slow for the price.
Power comes from the all-new ‘Ingenium’ 178hp 2.0-litre diesel engine that’s also fitted to the Jaguar XE and Discovery Sport. In this application, it gets from 0-62mph in a leisurely 10.3 seconds – more than a second slower than the hardtop.
Running costs also go up. The regular Evoque can return fuel economy of 57.6mpg and emits 129g/km of CO2 but, in the Convertible, that drops to 49.6mpg and CO2 rises to 149g/km.
If you want more performance, you can always opt for the 2.0-litre petrol. It gets from 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds, but most people will be put off by its sky-high running costs – fuel economy sits at a measly 32.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 201g/km.
You can expect the Evoque Convertible to be pretty safe because it’s based on the regular Evoque which scored five stars when it was crash tested by Euro NCAP in 2011. To the regular car’s compliment of airbags, stability and traction control, the Convertible adds a rollover protection system that keeps passengers safe should the car tip over.
The Drive Assistance Pack is also worth a mention. Costing £2,385, it adds lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, auto park, a blind-spot monitoring system, 360-degree camera and auto-dipping headlights.
Land Rover only offers the Evoque Convertible in two high-end trims – HSE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic Lux – to help maintain a sense of exclusivity. As a result, neither model is short on equipment with the entry-level Dynamic coming complete with leather seats, sat-nav and automatic emergency braking.
Range Rover Evoque Convertible HSE Dynamic Lux
Dig deep in your pockets for the HSE Dynamic Lux model and the extra outlay buys you a more powerful stereo (also from Meridian), keyless entry and the all-important wind deflector.
In many ways the new Evoque Convertible is what many people feared the standard model would be – a style focussed model that shares few characteristics with a true Range Rover. It’ll doubtless appeal to those looking for kerbside credibility in fashionable areas of London, but most other people will find the huge price, blunted performance and excessive running costs nearly impossible to ignore. For them a BMW 4 Series convertible makes a lot more sense and is irrefutably a better car.