Review: Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible (2016 – 2019)

Rating:

Is guaranteed to turn heads wherever you go. Good to drive on and off road. Plush interior.

There are much better soft-tops for £50k. Tiny boot. Very little room for passengers in the back. Engine oil contamination from DPF regens after short runs.

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Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible (2016 – 2019): At A Glance

Given the popularity of the Range Rover Evoque, it’s perhaps understandable that Land Rover has looked to capitalise on its success by adding a stylish soft-top to the range. However, while the Evoque Convertible is striking to look at and genuinely good to drive, its novelty value is outweighed by some serious shortcomings.

The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is based on the three-door coupe, but commands a considerable premium to buy new, with prices starting close to £50,000. Everyday practicality is limited, compared to the hard-top Evoque, with poor levels of head and legroom in the back. The boot is also narrow and small, which means it will struggle to accommodate anything larger than a flight bag.  

The engine range consists of one petrol and one diesel, with the latter providing the best balance between performance and economy. Both of the four-cylinder engines drive well, with lots of torque and low levels of noise reaching the cabin. Unfortunately the nine-speed automatic gearbox is the weak link in the package, with its doddering nature resulting in forced gear changes that unsettle the rhythm of the engine.

The 2.0-litre TD4 boasts 180PS and will cover 0-62mph in less than 10 seconds, while the advertised 49.6mpg means trips between fuel stops should be relatively long. The 2.0 Si4 petrol with 240PS improves performance further and covers 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds – but isn't very efficient, with a claimed 32.8mpg. 

The Convertible weighs over 400kg more than the coupe, but carries the extra weight rather well, with similar handling traits to its metal-topped twin, with nicely weighting steering and excellent body control. The additional weight is evident under heavy braking, with the front pitching forward a little more than the standard Evoque, but generally the Evoque Convertible is a comfortable cruiser. 

Ride quality is impressive, with pot holes and rutted B roads ironed out by the supple suspension, but things quickly get blustery in the cabin once you drop the roof. However, at lower speeds, on a warm day, the Evoque Convertible is a nice place to gently while away the miles around town. Operating the roof is straightforward, with the electric mechanism taking around around 20 seconds to lower the fabric roof, up to speeds of 30mph.

Not everyone will be taken by the Evoque Convertible's design. But the soft-top Range Rover certainly fulfils its niche as being the only premium soft-top SUV you can buy. That said, the Evoque Convertible doesn't really excel in any particular area, which means it feels very short on quality against its cabrio rivals.

Range Rover Evoque Convertible Road Test

What does a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible (2016 – 2019) cost?

List Price from £31,615
Buy new from £29,197
Contract hire from £268.01 per month

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible (2016 – 2019): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4370 mm
Width 2085 mm
Height 1609 mm
Wheelbase 2660 mm

Full specifications

At launch, the Evoque Convertible is limited to HSE trim levels, which means starting prices are high. On the plus side you do get lots of equipment as standard, with xenon headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels, navigation and full leather trim. The Convertible also gets a roll-over protection device, with two aluminium bars popping up to protect the occupants in the event of an accident. 

The fabric roof is all-electric and takes roughly 20 seconds to be lowered or raised. Operating the system is easy, with the flick of a switch, but the sound proofing isn’t very good, with lots of noise breaking into the cabin with the roof in place. Wind and road noise are both also high on the motorway. 

With the roof down, the Evoque is a pleasant place to spend a sunny day, but things get blustery once you exceed 40mph – especially in the back. A wind deflector is available as an option, which improves things marginally, but there is no hiding the fact that the Evoque's tall and wide body feels ill-suited to its role as a soft-top.

The seats in the front are comfortable though, with 12-way electric adjustment and lots of head and shoulder space. Things are a little more cramped in the back, which means tall passengers might find it uncomfortable over long journeys. Headroom is also limited with the roof in place, which gives the Evoque Convertible a 2+2 feel, rather than a genuine four seater.

The boot has been cut to accommodate the folding roof and only offers 251 litres, compared to the tin-top’s 420. Getting anything bulky in to the boot is virtually impossible, owing to the narrow opening, and the rear seats can’t be folded either, although a ski hatch is available as a paid-for option.

Land Rover’s infotainment options are a lot better than they were in the early Evoque. The Convertible gets a bright and colourful 10.2-inch touchscreen, which features a screen coating that makes it easy to read in direct sunlight when the roof is down. Navigation is also fitted as standard, along with handsfree smartphone integration.

Standard Equipment from launch:

HSE Dynamic comes with 20-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights with LED signature and powerwash, black bonnet louvres, front fog lights, leather seats with 12-way electric adjustment in the front, powered fabric roof, deployable roll over protection device, climate control, ambient interior lighting, automatic high beam assist, InControl Touch Pro navigation, 10.2-inch touchscreen and terrain assist with driving modes for mud, snow, gravel or sand, hill decent control, wade sensing. 

HSE Dynamic Lux adds keyless entry, wind deflector, ski hatch with rear seat centre arm rest, surround camera system with towing assist, park assist with parallel parking, parking exit and perpendicular park, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring and lane assist. 

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What's the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible (2016 – 2019) like to drive?

The Evoque Convertible is available with either a petrol or diesel engine – but only those who cover low mileages will want the 2.0 Si4. The four-cylinder petrol has 240PS and performs well enough with low noise and smooth power delivery, but its advertised 32.8mpg isn’t particularly efficient for a soft-top. Even a BMW 430i Convertible – with 252PS – will exceed 40mpg. 

The 2.0-litre TD4 is the engine most buyers will go for and, with 180PS, it packs more than enough performance for your average crossover driver. The 0-62mph sprint takes less than 10 seconds and, with 340Nm of torque on tap, there is plenty of low-gear pull for joining motorways or scampering away from busy junctions.   

Despite weighing close to half a tonne more than the tin-top Evoque, the Convertible handles well, with a low centre of gravity that prevents it from wobbling around corners or pitching heavily over pot holes or speed bumps. Admittedly, the weight feels a little more obvious under heavy braking, but few drivers will really notice the difference between the two cars.

Things are spoiled a little by the automatic gearbox. The nine-speed ‘box works well for the most part, with smooth changes, but it is prone to a few dithering moments with rushed up and down changes. It also struggles with busy urban roads and traffic lights, with the driver having to wait two or three seconds for the gearbox to switch from park to first. This means the potential to frustrate other drivers is high, as you stop at the lights, engage park and then wait for an age after selecting first, as the gearbox ponders its next move. 

The Evoque does redeem itself when it comes to parking. All models get a rearview camera as standard, but the huge windscreen and wide door mirrors provide excellent all-round visibility. Models in HSE Dynamic Lux trim also get park assist, which provides steering help for parallel and bay parking. 

Being a Land Rover, the Evoque Convertible gets the full English when it comes to off-road tech. Even though few will ever venture off the tarmac, you can optimise the engine, gearbox and transmissions to tackle wet grass, gravel, snow or heavy mud. There is also wade sensing for crossing streams and hill decent control to tackling steep off-road hills. Four-wheel drive is also standard across the range. 

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
2.0 SD4 Automatic 46 mpg 8.0 s 164 g/km
2.0 Si4 Automatic 35 mpg 8.1 s 185 g/km
2.0 TD4 Automatic 42–43 mpg 10.3 s 149 g/km
2.0i Si4 Automatic 33 mpg - 201 g/km

Real MPG average for a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible (2016 – 2019)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

77%

Real MPG

25–25 mpg

MPGs submitted

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