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Range Rover Evoque Convertible: Love it or hate it?

Putting a soft-top on a four-seater presents a design challenge, and it only gets tougher when that four-seater sits at SUV height.

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Land Rover introduced the Evoque in 2011, promising a compact Range Rover with offroad capability.

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The Evoque Convertible was unveiled last year, adding a droptop to the Evoque coupe and four-door models.

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The top folds down in 18 seconds, disappearing behind the rear seats.

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Land Rover offers an accessory that serves as a luggage cover over the rear seat and a midcabin windscreen, preventing turbulence for front-seat passengers.

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At less than 9 cubic feet, you won't fit much in the boot, accessible through a rear hatch.

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Along with its convertible top, the Evoque includes Land Rover's suite of off-roading gear, including locking differential and descent control. However, a fixed suspension limits articulation.

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Drivers can set the Terrain Response Selection dial in the Evoque Convertible for a variety of surfaces, from sand to snow to mud.

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The turbocharged 2-liter engine makes 240 horsepower but the throttle suffers from turbo lag.

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The cabin of the Evoque Convertible shows off upscale appointments and modern electronics.

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Comfortable seats come with door-mounted power adjustment controls for convenience.

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The wide, 10.3-inch LCD is subject to glare, due to its upward angle.

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The steering wheel includes buttons for setting the adaptive cruise control system, with speed and following distance.

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Land Rover maintains traditional analog gauges for tachometer and speed.

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A dial selects drive modes for the nine-speed automatic transmission.

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The head-up display shows bright orange and green graphics.

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