As we are the first group of professionals worldwide to drive the brand new Range Rover Evoque Diesel Convertible, hereby a short first driving impression. Short, yes, because we are still in the middle of the launch event taking pictures, making videos and running from left to right talking to engineers, instructors and product managers.
Yes, its true: convertibles are premium, chique and trendy to drive but also are associated with a non-practical aspect. This less positive characteristic now comes to an end thanks to the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible. This brand new car is the pioneer in a new car segment that of the ‘SUV convertible’ that enables you to go skiing in winter, enjoying the sunshine at the Côte d’Azur in summer or go offroading in autumn. As you can expect from a Range Rover the Evoque Convertible has all qualities of a an adventurous 4X4 like eg. 500 mm water wade ability. We tested the car on ice and on an adventurous 4×4 track and it passed all the tests (check out our video at instagram wowtrendmag). Practical to go skiing, oh, yes, the Evoque Convertible has a booth of 251 liter (roof on top or down) and is equipped with a ski hatch.
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+ the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is a very dynamic, stable car, easy to handle and very responsive to the steering
+ even though it is a convertible it has got a very rigid chassis
+ the five layer roof makes the car quite sound proof for a convertible; even at high speed you can easily make phone conversations
+ Silent Common Rail Diesel
+ with the roof down till 90 km/hours you just experience a slight breeze in the car; from 130 km/hours onwards the air flow gets heavier but is still not bothering at the drivers side. On the passenger side we experienced more wind in the front and the back even with the seats at driver’s and passenger side in the same position and at the same height. A very strange aspect which we never experienced before so we definitely need to talk to an engineer tonight. More news about that tomorrow.
+ Passengers in the back can enjoy a lot of leg room, head space is comparable to that in the Evoque
+ the interior is nice with clean architectural lines and finished with high quality soft touch materials
+ the 10,2 inch high definition touch screen is very responsive and works very fast, you can use it as a tablet and swipe or pinch information
+ with the roof down till 90 km/hours you just experience a slight breeze in the car; from 130 km/hours onwards the air flow gets heavier but is still not bothering at the drivers side. On the passenger side however we experienced more wind in the front and at the back even with the seats at driver’s and passenger side in the same position and at the same height. According to one of the engineers it might have to do with a different layout of the car on the right and left side as eg an air intake which is not operative at one side of the car. Our advise: when you’re a passenger in the back, go sit behind the driver.
– an airscarf as Mercedes introduced some years ago would be a real plus in the car to heat neck and shoulders
– our navigation system lost track sometimes starting in the airport. It took some time to connect with our actual position
– till a speed of 48 km/hour you can lower the roof in 18 seconds and close it again in 21 seconds. The latter feels rather long but the Evoque Convertible is a big car and not eg an Audi TT.
– the nine speed automatic transmission sometimes makes a strange jump definitely when the engines needs to develop more revs
Would we buy the Range Rover Evoque Convertible? If we had the money: definitely a yes!