Range Rover Evoque SE Dynamic TD4 180
James Cleary experimented on the road and evaluated the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible SE Dynamic TD4 180 diesel engine, with specifications, fuel consumption and judgment.
Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should always, like posting that hilarious nude selfie on social media, say yes to a sixth margarine, or invade Russia. in winter.
And that was exactly the thought that appeared when Range Rover released the first photos of the Evoque Convertible. Obviously, Land Rover has the technical expertise to rise above its groundbreaking compact SUV. He can slip the roof off the Houston Astrodome (before lunch). But is it a good idea?
Legendary example of the elimination of inappropriate roofs appeared in mind. Who can forget the Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible, or the gorgeous Nissan Murano Crosscabriolet? What do designers and product planning think … or smoke?
But with the Range Rover Evoque Convertible sprouting at the edge of the marked basket, ‘Wrong efforts to expand the focus on lifestyle’, Jackson rode.
Twelve-year-old Jackson lives next door, and if you need proof that children still like cars, that’s it. Continually scrutinizing every shiny new piece of metal slipping into our driveway, he’s a Lambo fan with a keen eye. And all he could say when he first contacted the Evoque was “It was great”.
Okay, maybe I should pull the input and think again? And when it came out, Jackson was not the only one. Any given idea of the relative value of this car was soon modified by a series of admirers who wanted to know more about their dream transformation.
Is there anything interesting about its design?
Land Rover’s design director, Gerry McGocate, managed a rare feat by bringing a genuine concept car over to the car holder and putting it into production, when his team LRX was once ( more or less unchanged) from the 2008 Detroit exhibition stop to the show floor, like Evoque, 2011.
The car is offered globally in three-door ‘Coupe’ and full five-door configurations, with McG McG taking an earlier air ax to create the Evoque Convertible, appearing here at the end of 2015.
The special nose, front guard and door remain unchanged from the hardtop, but the body from there has been significantly redesigned to match the ‘Z-Fold’ fabric roof. , is structured to hold the silhouette of the coupe when in position.
If you’re looking at this Evoque and somehow thinking, ‘Yes, it’s an SUV, it’s practical’, think again.
The roof is electrically controlled to fold up after 18 seconds and increase in 21 seconds, operating in either direction at speeds up to 50km / h. The soft hood is neatly packed, folded flat into the rear deck area, leaving room for a modest shoe (251 liters). Characteristic tail lights of the Evoque and twin tailpipe setup are also given.
Inside, there are a number of shared Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) parts, with a 10.2-inch color multimedia screen, TFT information screen between key gauges, cupholder, drive controller Spin, even key, seems familiar to any Jag XE owner.
On the other hand, the interior is largely similar to the hardtop with uniform gray materials (leather on the seat) offset by inserting brushed metal through the center of the dash and along the edges of the middle panel. mind, as well as small piano black elements here and there.
How realistic is the space inside?
If you’re looking at this Evoque and somehow thinking, ‘Yes, it’s an SUV, it’s practical’, think again. That may be true for hardtop, but not here.
The fixed roof Evoque is currently only offered in Australia in the form of five doors, with three doors quietly making an exit (after four years on the market) in the second half of 2016.
With the rear seats upright, five doors provide 575 liters of load space, more than twice the volume of the Convertible convertible (251 liters). Drop the middle row of the five doors and you’re looking at 1445 liters, nearly six times the cargo capacity of the drop.
In contrast, we were unable to fit the CarsGuide car into the Convertible’s boot, no matter how we handled it, although you will get a decent sized suitcase and some soft bags there.
There’s an option ($ 520) through the gate to match the skis for a weekend, but the rear seats don’t fold up, so this is definitely a case of day trips instead of road capacity. long.
Losing two doors and roof, you also give up a seat in Convertible, with four positions available.
With the roof, head and legroom in the back (for this 183cm high occupant) surprisingly generous, and from the top down, the head space increased dramatically.
Does it represent good value for price? What features does it come with?
Evoque Convertible is offered in the SE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic variants with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine at each level.
Our SE Dynamic TD4 (diesel) is the starting point at $ 85,433, with a difference of $ 7.5 thousand to the leading HSE Dynamic Si4 (gasoline) at $ 92,800.
That money puts this car upright in the G3’s viewfinder, with the same figure buying some nice flash conversion metal from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. So you want to make sure you are ready to make ‘personal’ choices and say yes to the Evoque Convertible, and say no to the Audi A5 1.8 TFSI Cabriolet, BMW M240i Convertible and Mercedes-Benz C200 Cabriolet.
Despite a strong 1967kg weight loss, this convertible is very interesting to drive.
If you are intending to go down the Evoque SE Dynamic Convertible, standard equipment includes cruise control, sat nav, automatic wiper and headlights, Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, ‘Design package dynamic ‘(body color panel at the bottom of the doors, and dark tiles on the wheel arches, door sills and bumpers), perforated leather tiles, electric front seats with memory settings on both sides, leather-wrapped steering wheel, air-conditioning (with rear air vents), surrounding interior lights, front and rear parking sensors, ‘360-degree park assist’, keyless entry , 5.0-inch LCD color information screen (in the center of the instrument box) and 11-speaker Meridian sound system.
Standard wheels are 18-inch alloy with a free option of 17 seconds, while our vehicles are equipped with the optional ‘5 Split-Spoke’ 20-inch rim ($ 3350) with 245/45 Continental CrossContact rubber.
The only color, from 17 choices, will not cost you more white. Our car’s ‘Firenze Red’ metal finish will bring you back to a negligible $ 1870.