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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What Car? team
27 Oct 2015 20:20 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

Our verdict

The Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet wins because it’s more enjoyable to drive, has a bigger boot and is cheaper to buy and run, especially if you’re a company car driver.

While the Range Rover Evoque Convertible offers head-turning looks, a spacious interior and rock-solid resale values, it can’t match the C-Class as an all-rounder. Although the top-heavy handling balance may not matter when you’re cruising, the small boot, firm ride, high company car tax bills and sluggish performance relegate it to second place.

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Range Rover Evoque Convertible vs Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

For Cheaper as a company car; better handling; bigger boot; faster

Against Pokey rear seats; heavier depreciation; firm ride

Verdict Good, although softer suspension would make it better still

Range Rover Evoque Convertible vs Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

For More space inside; holds vlaue well; cheaper to lease; distinctive

Against Sluggish; expensive to tax and fuel; unsettled ride

Verdict Better at transporting four adults, but slow and ponderous

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet C 220 d AMG Line auto

Engine size 2.1-litre diesel

List price £41,575

Target Price £41,066

Power 168bhp @ 3000-4200rpm

Torque 295lb ft @ 1400-2800rpm

0-60mph 8.6sec

Top speed 145mph

Gov't fuel economy 61.4mpg

CO2 emissions 123g/km

Range Rover Evoque Convertible 2.0 TD4 180 HSE Dynamic

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price £47,500

Target Price £47,500

Power 178bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 317lb ft @ 1750rpm

0-60mph 10.9sec

Top speed 121mph

Gov't fuel economy 49.6mpg

CO2 emissions 149g/km