Land Rover released Evoque convertible concept in 2012, after five year next update available with turbocharged four cylinder engine to produce 240 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque pairing with nine speed automatic transmission. With 4225 pounds curb weight it has added 408 pounds over earlier version, being heavy duty it kills acceleration, which can figure with rolling start from 5-60 mph, clock ticks 8.1 seconds for 60 mph from standstill. Beside turbo lag Evoque strength remains in looks and style. Roof consumes 13-18 seconds for opening and closing at 29 mph available with button at console or via liftgate. Discreet additions includes pyrotechnic roll bars behind the rear seats and windshield frame and structural stiffeners. Outward visibility gets better with comfort high seating. Trunk with 9 cubic feet makes cargo space too small. EPA remains 20/28 mpg city/highway rating while we observed 15 mpg fuel economy.
Evoque provides impressive ride, stability and steering feel, with good ground clearance and well sorted chassis. Comes with brilliant pedal feel and strong stopping power, consuming 176 feet to stop from 70 mph. Meridian speaker provides clarity sound in Bluetooth microphone, cabin registered 71 decibels at 70 mph which is quiet good.
Rear seat legroom is same as found in standard model, not easy to get back with absence of rear doors. Padded and stitched leather swathed cabin is going to cost $1300 more. Comes with JLR's infotainment system, 10.2 inch touchscreen, Driver Assistance package($3400) to include self leveling headlamps, head up display, adaptive cruise control, and high speed automated braking. HD radio and satellite radio($750), 20 inch sparkling wheels($1500), Lux package for $2700 includes surround view cameras, parking assistance, road sign recognition, automated emergency braking, 660 watts Meridian speakers and folding rear seat armrest, cool toned Yulong White paint($595).
With convertible more than SUV, we doubt if 2017 Range Rover Evoque will succeed or will fail as Murano Cross Cabriolet.