First Drive: 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible

– Detroit, Michigan

I took it to Starbucks. Honestly, I couldn’t think of what else to do when the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible (what a mouthful) showed up at the Motor1 office. And while Land Rover will happily show you proof that the topless Evoque is just as capable off road as its other SUVs, I feel like the Starbucks drive-thru is probably a more appropriate test of this car’s capabilities.

The Evoque Convertible is a weird little thing. But I actually think if any vehicle is going to pull off the crossover-cabriolet thing here in the U.S., this is the one. Comparisons to the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet are indeed warranted, but this is different. The Evoque is already the perfect definition of a lifestyle vehicle, driven by fashionable, well-heeled people in fashionable, well-heeled places. If you’re going to go all-in on that luxury/lifestyle choice, go big or go home. Get the Evoque Convertible. It’s actually a lot of fun.

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible: First Drive
2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible: First Drive

 

It’ll carry four adults in reasonable comfort, and you can still ford up a river on the way to the mall, as long as the water doesn’t exceed a depth of 19.6 inches.

The formula here is simple: Take one Evoque Coupe (yeah, those still exist), chop off the roof, and there you have it. Because of that, the Convertible retains all of the standard Evoque’s capability. It’ll carry four adults in reasonable comfort, and you can still ford up a river on the way to the mall, as long as the water doesn’t exceed a depth of 19.6 inches.

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