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Beginnings of model
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is the world’s first premium compact convertible SUV.
It follows in the illustrious footsteps of the Evoque: a vehicle which effortlessly established itself as a model synonymous with stylish city life. The marque’s new convertible model represents Land Rover’s attempts to further increase its versatility and appeal, while still staying true to the brand’s routes by being equipped to deal with all terrains.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, describes the car as “a unique combination of design leadership and world-class engineering that adds another dimension to the Range Rover Evoque name, further enhancing its desirability and appeal”. A description as accurate as it is flattering to the car’s design and form.
Receiving a positive response at its reveal at the November 2015 LA Motor Show and tested via exclusive access to the 26 mile Crossrail tunnels in London, this is a car already making a stir, long before its release in 2016 (in time for summer). It seems fitting that the new car from a brand so intrinsically linked with adventure and exploration was tested in complete privacy in the uncharted Crossrail tunnels beneath London.
Vantage Leasing would be proud to arrange a Range Rover Evoque Convertible lease for you, and to put you behind the wheel of a vehicle tailored to your needs and budget. We have reserved build slots to ensure that your vehicle will be build accorting to your tastes and ready as quickly as possible.
What is like to drive the Range Rover Evoque Convertible?
The iconic striking, muscular and tapered design simultaneously intrigues and reassures a prospective driver that the drive will be an experience to cherish and remember. The fact that you’re climbing into a convertible – traditionally associated with Miami coastlines rather than rugged offroads – shouldn’t put you off: this is a model that can handle itself on all terrains.
The Terrain Response and optional All-Terrain Progress Control systems ensure the car is stable and will handle well on a variety of challenging terrains and weather conditions. There are four Terrain Response settings to ensure optimum performance: General Driving, Grass / Gravel / Snow, Mud & Ruts, and Sand.
A range of other innovative features enhance the vehicle’s performance in a variety of contexts:
Wade Sensing detects depth of water: the car can drive safely through water up to 50cm.
Torque Vectoring monitors the vehicle while it is turning and distributes the torque between wheels to improve grip on the road.
Adaptive Cruise Control maintains fixed distance from car in front even if it changes speed, including in traffic jams, allowing you to relax and enjoy the driving experience.
Optional All-Terrain Progress Control operates like cruise control between speeds of 1 and 18mph, and is designed to allow the driver to concentrate more on pathfinding than maintaining speed in off-road conditions.
Optional Active Driveline can switch automatically between 2 and 4 wheel drive as necessary, increasing the car’s fuel efficiency and taking place within an incredible 300 milliseconds.
The 2 litre, four-cylinder engines are available in both diesel and petrol; the diesel model has 180hp, and petrol 240hp. All petrol models have 6 speed automatic transmission, while diesel have 9 speed automatic transmission. All are 4WD.
The convertible is slightly longer, wider and heavier than non-convertible models.
Evoque Convertible Fuel economy
Other Evoque models drew concern from drivers because of the discrepancy between their stated and actual fuel consumption. Land Rover have announced average fuel economy figures of 49.6mpg for the Convertible; slightly lower than the Evoque’s advertised figures but hopefully more honest. CO2 figures are advertised at 149g/km.
Let’s start with the slick roof that distinguishes the Convertible from other Evoque models available. The fabric roof opens at the press of a button, located in the centre console, while traveling up to 30mph. It takes 18 seconds to open or close, is lined to reduce road noise and is insulated to reduce temperature loss. In short, it’s not going to leave you cut short in unforeseen weather conditions!
Comfort is ensured by heated front seats, independently controlled, which can be upgraded to full climate control and massage chairs for a truly comfortable drive. Driver comfort can be further improved by an optional wind deflector system which reducing gusts from the rear of the cabin: this is easily stored and easy to deploy.
You can choose from 13 exterior colours to ensure a vehicle that fits your tastes and style, and 10 colours of interior mood lighting, which can be changed at any time from within the vehicle, combine to give you a nuanced and relaxing drive.
For when driving itself isn’t entertainment enough the InfoTainment system, operated by a 10.2 inch touch-screen and with customisable home page, will step in. Its intuitive utility is achieved through voice and gesture control, and its 380W sound system with great definition of sound will do justice to your favourite tunes.
The Evoque Convertible truly is a vehicle of the modern age. InControl Remote Premium, a smartphone app, allows you to check fuel levels, track journeys, find the car on a map, and lock/unlock it from anywhere with a phone connection. The car itself can be turned into a 3G hotspot when you fit a SIM card by making use of its antenna: up to eight separate devices can be connected this network.
A Head Up Display (HUD), formerly a feature of sci-fi shows only, shows data like speed, gear selection and navigation directions directly onto the windscreen. This can be toggled on and off according to the driver’s preferences. If combined with the optional Traffic Sign Recognition feature, live speed limits for the current route can be shown on the screen too.
A wealth of optional features further increase the vehicle’s appeal:
Adaptive full LED headlamps to complement the vehicle’s striking design with enhanced light output.
Oxford leather interior for a more distinctive and classy feel
An 825W sound system to offer unrivalled sound quality.
Servicing for the diesel model occurs at intervals of 21,000 miles or two years, whichever comes first. For petrol models this is 16,000 miles or one year, the same as previous Evoque models.
Reviewers note that “none of the Evoque’s off-road prowess has been lost in the conversion to convertible” which bodes well for the car’s reliability, Evoque being a model that consistently performed well.
Initial test drives also suggest that the car holds itself phenomenally well on challenging terrain, with none of the “rattles or creaks” that might be expected. This implies good structural rigidity, leading to better handling, safety and reliability.
Four spacious seats mean that the Evoque Convertible is a comfortable ride for 2+2 families making their way around town, or groups of adults heading off to explore remote wildernesses. Similarly the load space (251 litres) will be suitable for families transporting bags and practical bits, or adults transporting tents and outdoor gear. The load space remains the same whether roof up or down too, so no need to pack tactically if you plan on having the roof down!
Whatever your intended use, the Evoque Convertible has some means of compensating. Testament to this claim are optional tow bars, ski bags, bike racks, iPad holders and much more. To find out what extras are available, give us a call and we can assist you in putting together your perfect vehicle.
Some of the features show just how much thought the Land Rover engineers have put into the design of the vehicle – their foresight will save you time and hassle. Our favourite example is the feature that detects whether or not you have enough fuel for a journey, and will automatically alert you and direct you to a petrol station if not. You can also compare fuel prices of local stations and state your preferred stops.
Another fine example is Touch Pro’s navigation system, which pairs with smartphone app so you can plan and sync routes from outside your vehicle: when you’ve parked up the app gives public transport and walking directions to get the rest of the way.
Intelligent route planning remembers where you live and work and gives you relevant information on traffic and disruptions automatically, updating your arrival time accordingly. If you’re running late, the car can update friends and relatives on your behalf too. When you arrive, 360 degree street view on the car’s monitor can be used to double-check you’ve arrived in the right place: arguments over maps and destinations become a thing of the past.
Some drivers feel concerned about safety in a convertible, especially when the roof is made of soft fabric or opened. Deployable Rollover Protection Bars are the perfect piece of engineering to waylay this concern: they deploy automatically in rollover scenario to protect the driver and passengers from injury, but are hidden flush with the vehicle when not in use.
In the case of emergency, the SOS Emergency Call feature sends your location to emergency services upon deployment of the vehicle’s airbags, and puts you in touch with them. A similar system is in place for breakdowns (wherein vehicle diagnostics and location are sent to the relevant recipients) and in the case of theft (InControl Secure tracks movement and provides this information to the police to assist in the vehicle’s return).
The Evoque Convertible has three systems to increase safety on hills: Hill Descent Control maintains constant speed and assists with braking while descending by applying brakes separately to each wheel; Hill Start Assist helps starts on upwards hill; Gradient Release Control prevents the car accelerating too much on a hill, ensuring the driver remains in confident control of the vehicle.
Other features will help put your mind at rest:
Blind Spot Monitoring, Reverse Traffic Detection to let driver know when vehicle approaches with audio and visual warnings.
Sensors also assist with entering and exiting parking spaces: vehicle can automatically reverse into the space
Adaptive Cruise Control, mentioned earlier, works in parallel with Autonomous Emergency Braking, which warns the driver of imminent collision, and automatically deploys the brakes to avoid this if the driver does not respond in time. This works up to 50mph.
Driver Condition Monitor assists in detecting drowsiness in the driver and, if detected, will display a message warning the driver to take a rest break.
Optional Lane Keeping Assist uses camera to see lane markings, and automatically counter-steer the vehicle if indicators are not active.
Simultaneously carrying the torch of the Range Rover Evoque and blazing its own trail, the Evoque Convertible promises to be a pleasure to drive, and a beautiful and refined piece of engineering. From a company as established and treasured as Land Rover, though, what else did we expect?
Myriad features and customisable options allow you to create a car that perfectly matches your intended uses: whether you plan on ferrying kids to and from school and hitting the supermarkets, or charging off-road into uncharted and exciting terrain, you won’t be left hanging.
Vantage Leasing are here to help you get behind the wheel of a Range Rover Evoque Convertible as quickly as possible. Our expert team are happy to discuss our competitive lease deals and answer any questions you may have. Get in touch today.