Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 17 Nov 2017

The Range Rover Evoque is the baby within the RR stable and while this convertible model may have come to market some year back, it still causes a blaze no matter where it’s seen.

With design’s influenced in part by fashion designer Victoria Beckham with the original Evoque, Land Rover certainly set the world of fashionable compact SUV’s alight. With Dayglo Orange paintwork and high-gloss blackened alloy wheels, I think its safe to say that the Evoque Convertible is still setting the world of fashion and style ablaze and ultimately garnering many prying eyes.

The Ordinary Stuff

The Evoque Convertible is only available with 1 engine variant, the engine delivers 177 kW and 340 Nm of torque from its 2.0-litre turbopetrol 4-cylinders. 0 – 100 km/h is claimed by Land Rover in 7-seconds, but to be honest, in this kind of cruiser you really don’t care.

1The drivetrain in the Evoque Convertible is incredibly similar to that found in the Ford Focus RS. Thanks to clever wizardry, the power is successfully sent to the places needed most at all times.

Much like its hard-topped sibling, the Evoque Convertible features a very premium interior. Luxurious leather-wrapped surfaces adorn the cabin space, as do high door-sills and beautiful stereo system. The likes of the optional Tech pack, as fitted to my review vehicle, also features an advanced head-up display (with upcoming road turns), driver assist plus, adaptive LED headlights and adaptive cruise control.

3The convertible version of the Evoque manages to simply package the best elements of luxury appointment, with the best elements of wind-in-your-hair top-down cruising.

4The Not So Ordinary

A luxurious compact SUV usually has a solid roof. With the Evoque Convertible, the engineers were forced to add additional structural rigidity beams and bars throughout the doors and other components of the chassis, in order to compensate for any rigidity lost through losing the hard roof.

While it feels solid and planted on the road, the convertible element of the Evoque does make the vehicle a bit softer and quite as dynamic through the corners. It also adds extra weight and reduces the boot space when compared to that of the hard-topped version. Ultimately there are a few drawbacks of losing the top, it can, however, be outweighed by the benefits of having the top down, depends on how you look at it.

Land Rover Claims a combined fuel economy figure of 8.6-litres per 100 km, I managed roughly between 9.5 – 10.5-litres per 100 km, again attributable to the added weight.

2Despite being topless, the Evoque Convertible holds the Land Rover badge, this means that it still offers some seriously impressive off-road capabilities. It has all-wheel drive and departure angles of 19, 18 and 31 degrees, as well being able to wade through 500-mm deep water, think of it as a luxury “motor yacht” when wading through water crossings.

Verdict

This vehicle is as unique, as it is charming and impressive. It has some drawbacks for sure, but I really do commend Land Rover for taking a successful modern day compact SUV like the Evoque and adding a further touch of special.

SA Price and warranty

R1,031,634

(includes a 3-year/100 000 km warranty and 5-year/100 000 km maintenance plan)

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