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.
Land Rover introduced the Evoque in 2011, promising a compact Range Rover with offroad capability.
The Evoque Convertible was unveiled last year, adding a droptop to the Evoque coupe and four-door models.
The top folds down in 18 seconds, disappearing behind the rear seats.
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.
At less than 9 cubic feet, you won't fit much in the boot, accessible through a rear hatch.
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.
Drivers can set the Terrain Response Selection dial in the Evoque Convertible for a variety of surfaces, from sand to snow to mud.
The turbocharged 2-liter engine makes 240 horsepower but the throttle suffers from turbo lag.
The cabin of the Evoque Convertible shows off upscale appointments and modern electronics.
Comfortable seats come with door-mounted power adjustment controls for convenience.
The wide, 10.3-inch LCD is subject to glare, due to its upward angle.
The steering wheel includes buttons for setting the adaptive cruise control system, with speed and following distance.
Land Rover maintains traditional analog gauges for tachometer and speed.
A dial selects drive modes for the nine-speed automatic transmission.
The head-up display shows bright orange and green graphics.
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