If you do push on, you really start to feel the mass of the car. A brisk downhill run on a twisty mountain road will soon get the smell of toasty brakes in the air, while fast direction changes can sometimes feel a little ponderous.
Like the diesel, the Evoque Convertible is much happier cruising than charging. Dial back the pace and you start to appreciate the panoramic views offered by the open top that are enhanced by the tall driving position.
It’s at this point that you’d probably wish the suspension was more compliant; it doesn’t take a particularly rough road to have the occupants jostled around. On these surfaces, you might also notice the odd tremor through the structure. It’s certainly not floppy, but it’s certainly not as stiff as solid-roofed Evoques.
As for the interior, adults can squeeze into the rear seats, but only if someone short in stature is up front. Put even a reasonably tall person behind the wheel and leg room all but disappears, although head room isn’t too bad with the hood up.
Even if you do get four adults inside, you won’t have room for much of their luggage. The boot is much smaller than in the fixed-head models, although you do get a ski flap for longer items.
Should I buy one?
If you look at the Evoque Convertible objectively, it’s difficult to make a case for it. At more than £52,000, it’s expensive, not overly practical and, in Si4 guise, thirsty. More than the diesel version, you’ll have to be driving very sedately to get anywhere near the official economy figures.
However, those who are in the market for one aren’t likely to be particularly objective. The head-turning looks and draw of alfresco motoring from a lofty perch will no doubt seal the deal. The fact that it combines its high-quality interior and retractable roof with genuine off-road ability also makes it a pretty unique proposition.
If you are one of those people, we’d recommend saving some cash and going for the diesel. It may not be quite as refined, but the additional torque makes for much more relaxed cruising and far fewer trips to the pumps.
Range Rover Evoque Convertible HSE Dynamic
Location France; On sale Spring; Price £52,400; Engine 4 cyls, 1999cc, turbo, petrol; Power 237bhp at 5800rpm; Torque 251lb ft at 1750rpm; Gearbox 9-spd automatic; Kerb weight 1936kg; Top speed 130mph; 0-62mph 8.6sec; Economy 32.9mpg (combined); CO2/tax band 201g/km, 35%