Range Rover’s entry into the sparse SUV-convertible market brings all the gusto one would expect from the brand, but it must overcome the quirky aesthetic that has made other crossover attempts mere punchlines.
Besides Jeep, carmakers have yet to design a topless SUV that doesn’t look, well, weird. The Evoque is definitely distinctive, but it may need to rely on its performance to have the staying power other would-be rugged convertibles lacked.
The 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbodiesel four-cylinder packs plenty of giddy-up for drivers who want to blur past onlookers before they can get a good look at the unusual body styling.
Inside, the Evoque sports all make and manner of convenience technology. It’s Bluetooth ready with 3G connectivity and a 10.2-inch touchscreen for climate, audio, telephone, and satellite navigation.
Best of all, it can wade through almost 20 inches of water and scale a 45-degree gradient, in case you ever want to take this midlife-mobile on safari.
The Evoque gets an impressive 30 miles per gallon and starts at $50,000. It goes on sale in the spring of 2016 in over 170 markets worldwide.
Range Rover Evoque 2017 Specs
- Engine: 2.0L turbocharged I-4
- Transmission: 9-speed
- Power: 240 horsepower
- Torque: 250 foot-pounds
- 0-60: 7.1 seconds
- Max speed: 135 miles per hour
- Fuel economy: 21-MPG city, 30-MPG highway