A practical cabrio for all seasons; this was the brief for the Land Rover engineers when they decided to make a cabrio version of the Evoque and open a totally new car segment: the SUV cabrio.
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Thanks to the ski hatch, the 4×4 technology and a wade depth of not less than 50 centimeters you can plough through deep snow on your winter sport vacation, drive with style in summer over the boulevards on the Côte d’Azur or test your offroad driving talents through muddy roads and pools in autumn.
Our test car – the Range Rover Evoque Convertible 2.0 Diesel – showed the same dynamic handling and driving properties as the Evoque and the convertible bodywork showed great stiffness. It passed even the tilt test with flying colors, as both doors and boot lid opened without difficulties with one wheel off the ground. The Evoque Convertible is also totally silent in other respects. The diesel engine is hardly audible, and thanks to the five layer hood one can easily keep a conversation or use your phone on the motorway. Except for the Peugeot 308 Coupé Cabriolet and also the brand new Mazda MX-5 RF we would never let down our long hair but this is very well possible in the Evoque, despite the high seating position. All this up to speeds of 150 km/h and more. Impressive. And that is exactly why we select the Range Rover Evoque Convertible as our WOW* convertible of 2016 and the Mazda MX-5 RF as WOW* convertible 2017.
In the Evoque we felt some sidewind turbulence at the height of our neck. An airscarf, such as Mercedes introduced a few years ago, would be a plus. Something we didn’t need in the Mazda MX-5 RF.
The roof or the Evoque opens in 18 seconds up to speeds of 48 km/h, and closes again in 21 seconds. This is not as fast as other cabriolets, but then the Evoque Convertible is a big fellow.
Inside simple architectural lines combine well with the premium materials. Eyecatcher is the 10,2 inch high definition screen which works very fast as a tablet on which one can swipe, pinch…the fastest in the world of its kind. The navigation system is less quick to upload after starting the engine and this could sometimes really be annoying. One time we drove allready 15 minutes and the navigation still was not working. Stopping the car alongside the road, switching of the engine, step out of the car, lock the doors and vice versa was the only way to get the navigation working. No fun if you are in a hurry. This definitely is an aspect Range Rover has to work at. Last but not least the consumption: despite the rather small tank emptying rather swiftly, we chalked up a test consumption of 6,5 liter. Not bad for a two tonne car.
Oh yes, for a big car like this, the luggage capacity is rather disappointing.
Engine capacity: 1.999 cc
Power: 180 HP
Weight: 1967 kg
Luggage capacity: 251 liter
Average consumption: 5,7 l/100 km.
CO2 emissions: 149 g/km.
Base price: 55.400 Euro.