Review: Range Rover Evoque Dynamic Convertible

An all-terrain SUV convertible sounds pretty impressive on its own. Add in that it is Range Rover’s first ever convertible and it has already gotten our attention.

An all-terrain SUV convertible sounds pretty impressive on its own. Add in that it is Range Rover’s first ever convertible and it has already gotten our attention.

Land Rover’s powerful SUV line is as strong as it is luxurious, making this Evoque all the more intriguing to try. With a four-cylinder engine, it is not the toughest of the line, but it’s enough to ensure a smooth and effortless drive practical for all seasons and terrains. We are not going to lie, the first thought that came to our minds when we hopped into the Evoque was “this is a woman’s car.”

While it retains the signature rounded look on the outside, its exterior is more eye-catching and somewhat futuristic, with the crisply defined roof and sleek rear bodywork standing out more.

However, there is something feminine about it. Perhaps this is due to its smaller size, both on the outside and inside. The cabin space is tight, despite the interiors being ultra-comfortable and indeed, high-end. In comparison to other SUVs of its size, the Evoque felt very stable.

Nonetheless, it has two deployable aluminum roll-over bars (hidden in the rear bodywork) that set up within 0.09 seconds to create survival space for occupants. Its top speed is 194km/h as well, which is quite assuring, making it a worthy car for a younger family member. The brakes are, as per usual with Range Rover, quite solid and receptive.

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Driving it during strong winds and rain that hit Dubai this weekend, we can attest it is very much a capable all-terrain convertible, equipped with advanced technologies such as Terrain Response system, Wade Sensing and All-Terrain Progress Control.

Benefits include the ability to drive through water to a depth of 500mm, when the Wade Sensing system informs the driver of the water depth with a visual display on the vehicle's 10.2-inch touchscreen. The driver can see both the current depth of the water along with how much deeper the car can safely wade.

Overall, while the Evoque Convertible is not the fastest or strongest SUV out there, we thought it a worthy opponent and great match for someone who’s looking for a lightweight, high-class, sporty and effortless drive. And may we add: gentlemen, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And the Evoque comes in red too.

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