The Range Rover Evoque convertible that was launched in 2017 is rather unique, so much so that Land Rover is selling this as the world’s first luxury convertible compact SUV. The Evoque convertible is based on the Evoque Coupe, So below the glass line this car appears identical to the Evoque Coupe but the body work behind the front doors has been re-engineered to accommodate the stowed roof mechanism and the upper part of the rear fenders have also been redesigned to deal with the drop-top. Those minor changes apart the convertible is very recognizable as an Evoque, and given the huge appeal the Evoque’s design has, this is not a bad thing at all.
The interior is identical to the standard Evoque models and it does seem to have a lot of design flair. The cabin is very similar to the Evoque coupe, except for the roof, which in this convertible form comes with a self-folding soft top. Land Rover claims that it takes 18 seconds for the fully automated fabric hood to retract – at speeds of up to 48 km/h adding to the practicality. But because of the inherent limitations of a soft top, the road noise is a little more than you might expect from a luxury vehicle in this class. Also, the boot space at 251 litres is rather tiny for a SUV.
The Evoque Convertible comes with a 2.0L 4-cylinder diesel that is available in two states of tune – a lower 148HP, 380Nm guise and a higher 178HP and 430Nm of torque guise. There is also an option of a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol that generates 237HP and 340Nm of torque. A silky-smooth and quick-shifting 9-speed AT is standard on all three engine options. But being 200 kg heavier than the standard Evoque, the performance feels a bit blunted.
The Range Rover Convertible is available in two variants – SE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic. Safety features such as ABS with EBD and braking assist, TCS, ESP, roll stability control, cruise control, dual airbags with side, curtain and knee airbags, rear view camera with parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat anchors all standard across both the models.
|Engine||i4 2L AWD|
|Front Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Rear Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Tire Size||P235/60R18 P235/60R18|
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