Range Rover Evoque Convertible
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible caters to a decidedly more eco-conscious customer base than traditional Range Rover buyers. Even so, the Evoque still possesses the chops to keep up when the road gets rough. Styling is edgy and aggressive, but it’s clearly a Range Rover from front to back, with characteristic styling touches at the headlamps, grille and tail lamps.
A 240-horsepower 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is the only available powerplant, but it’s a capable one, making 251 pound-feet of torque while still achieving 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway — more than anything else in the Range Rover stable. The engine features direct injection, and it’s capable of propelling the Evoque from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds.
A 9-speed automatic is the only available transmission, coupled to a Haldex full-time all-wheel-drive system. Land Rover says the Evoque is designed to be able to ford water up to 19.7 inches deep without hesitation, and ground clearance comes in at 8.7 inches. Land Rover’s Terrain Response system is standard, which automatically provides several settings for different traction situations, ranging from loose gravel to deep snow.
Safety features include anti-lock brakes, an anti-skid system, traction control, side curtain airbags and front-side airbags, with optional safety systems like blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, and a head-up driving display.
Optional adaptive full LED headlights complement the vehicle’s design cues by combining a distinctive look with enhanced light output for better visibility and safety at night. The headlights’ adaptive function enables light beams to be automatically aligned with steering inputs and follow curves in the road.
The Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) have a distinctive signature which also serves as the directional indicator where it flashes amber.
The Evoque is powered by a 246 turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder and comes standard with a nine-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. At our test track, the Evoque delivered a 7.1-second zero-to-60-mph run. Rivals such as the BMW X1and the Volvo XC40 delivered slightly quicker times, but the Land Rover is still competitively lively. On the road, there’s no mistaking the Evoque for a hatchback car as you can with the X1. It feels substantial, and the seat height is SUV-appropriate; it handles corners adequately but won’t satisfy enthusiast drivers in the same way as the BMW or Mercedes-Benz GLA-class.