Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible performance
The four-wheel drive Evoque Convertible weighs in at nearly two tonnes, and naturally that blunts both performance and handling. We recorded a 0-60mph time of around 10.5sec for the 2.0-litre diesel, so it isn't slow, but it is pedestrian enough to require plenty of planning when overtaking on a single carriageway. The 2.0-litre petrol is significantly faster, but needs working hard to deliver its performance. It does have significant off-road ability should it be needed.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible ride & handling
The Evoque suffers from very little of the flex and shake that some convertibles suffer from. Yes, there’s the odd shimmy on very rough surfaces, but it’s better than many rivals out there. Even so, the ride is quite firm at low speeds, thanks in part to the big wheels. You can feel the additional weight when cornering quickly; there’s plenty of body lean, and the Evoque Convertible doesn’t feel overly keen to change direction quickly. A BMW 4 Series Convertible is far more agile.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible refinement
Both the engines available in the Evoque convertible come with a nine-speed automatic gearbox. It’s a bit slow-witted, so there’s a slight delay when accelerating from a standstill. Once rolling it shifts smoothly, though. The hood can be opened or closed at up to 30mph, and with it up, it does a good job of keeping things quiet in the cabin. Fitting the flimsy optional wind deflector blocks off the rear seats, but it does noticeably reduce buffeting when the roof is down.