Range Rover Evoque Convertible vs Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Is Range Rover's new open-top SUV a trendsetter or a step too far. We're pitting it it against the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet to find out

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Range Rover Evoque Convertible infotainment screen

What will they cost?

The Range Rover Evoque Convertible costs nearly Β£6000 more to buy outright than the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet. Haggling widens the gap further; the Evoque is so in demand, dealers won’t knock anything off, whereas you should get around Β£500 off the C-Class.

The difference is much smaller if you’re buying on finance. Put down a Β£10,000 deposit on a three-year deal and Mercedes will ask for Β£460 a month whereas Range Rover charges Β£500. Both deals limit you to 12,000 miles a year and require you to pay a big β€˜balloon’ payment at the end of the term if you want to own either car outright.

If you take out a contract hire lease agreement, however, the Evoque is Β£60 a month cheaper.

In contrast, the C-Class’s lower list price and CO2 emissions make it much kinder to company car drivers. A 40% rate taxpayer, choosing the C-Class will sacrifice nearly Β£5000 less of their salary in benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax over three years.

As you’d expect given their lofty price tags, both cars come with plenty of standard equipment. This includes climate control, heated electric front seats, a reversing camera, a DAB radio, sat-nav, adjustable ambient interior lighting and paddle shifters for the automatic gearbox. To this, the Evoque adds leather seats, a premium Meridian audio system and four-wheel drive. The C-Class fights back with LED headlights and an Airscarf that blows warm air around your neck; perfect for sunny winter days.

Neither car has been crash tested by Euro NCAP, although their hard-top siblings both received five stars (out of five) for safety. Both also come with automatic emergency braking as standard.

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