The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible with the standard roof is a great crossover, but the convertible takes the concept from a “what if” to reality; kudos for Land Rover for pushing through with the idea but is it any good to do justice to the crossover genre? When Land Rover showed the rather unique Evoque convertible concept at the 2012 Geneva auto show, the vehicle received mixed reactions as many questioned how is a crossover SUV going to work, as well as to whom is this vehicle for? And a drop top will eliminate the utility in mini SUV.
The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible is the Answer to the Question, “Why?”
Perhaps Land Rover is going for a truly unique experience like how Jeep treats their wranglers with a removable top and folding windshields to expose you to the outdoors as the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible certainly a fresh experience be it in the forest tackling mud and dirt or in the city conversing with almost every passerby that notices your unique ride. The Evoque convertible preserves all that is from the regular Evoque from the shoulder line down. Everything above that is either hidden, gone, or is replaced with a folding top. One thing is for sure, despite the weird feeling of driving a rather tall convertible, Range Rover pulls off the look of the Evoque with great execution. Under the hood is a 2-Liter turbo four-cylinder with 240hp and paired to a 9 speed auto.
The folding top of the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible hides itself in its compartment in just 13 seconds and with the top down, you get a seamless panoramic view of everything be it redwoods in the forest or curious pedestrians gawking at your unusual ride.Rear-seat legroom is about the same as in the standard four-door model, although it’s not as easy to get back there due to the absence of rear doors. For utility; you can forget about any utility in this mini Sports Utility Vehicle it’s simply laughable.
Driving the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible, with all the plush and cush that Land Rover crammed into the comfy cabin, the unceasing turbo lag of the Evoque’s 240-hp turbo four-cylinder, the slurry nine-speed automatic transmission, and the massive 4525-pound curb weight results in a heavy and slow ride that’s a bit too boring even with a lead foot. It’s a shame since the chassis is excellent despite the tall ride; the chassis remained taught and the steering feeling great with excellent overall stability.
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