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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, May 6, 2017
BASED on the three-door hardtop version of
the Evoque, the convertible has had its entire
upper body deleted and replaced by a fabric
It’s gained a lot of weight - about 275
kilograms depending on the model to add the
strength that used to be provided by the sold
roof. For comments on the performance see
Driving later in this road test.
The Evoque is visually attractive in open-top
fashion, though the sides are very tall, reminding
us it’s an SUV, not a sportscar. Roof up, it can
be mistaken for a chop-top in street-machine
parlance - meaning a standard roof that has
been chopped and lowered. There was almost a
gangsta look to our test car with its deep black
paint and a lowset black roof. Love it!
Power for our test car came from a 2.0-litre
turbo-diesel with 132 kW. There’s also a 2.0-litre
turbo-petrol, with 177 kW of power.
Four-wheel drive is through a nine-speed
automatic. There’s a Terrain Response system,
Wade Sensing and All-Terrain Progress Control
that makes the Evoque a convertible for all
seasons and all reasons.
The windscreen frame has been strengthened
for rollover protection. Aluminium bars behind
the back seats pop up in just 90 milliseconds
in an attempt to create a survival space for
occupants. Obviously, what is underneath the
vehicle when it’s upside down will affect the
safety, but rest assures the engineers at Range
Rover have done everything they can to protect
you. Evoque convertible gained a four-star
rating from ANCAP.
Evoque’s fabric roof can be powered down
in 21 seconds, and closed again in 18 seconds,
both operations can be done at speeds up to
50 km/h. In other words you can open or close
the top at a red ight if the weather looks likely
Rear seat legroom is the same as in the
Evoque three-door coupe, but reduced width
in the back due to the roof mechanism means
there are two seats not three.
Headroom with the top closed is the same
as in the five-door wagon. Interestingly, the
convertible has slightly more headroom than
the three-door coupe, more because of the
restyle than the thinner material.
Boot size is not impressive, with only 250
litres, that’s less than half the volume of the
Evoque five-door wagon. The load area’s well
shaped but can be a real struggle to squeeze
bulky items into the letter-box-slit opening.
Smooth-road ride is good, but rougher
surfaces did show up body flex, which comes
as no surprise as the opening of the cockpit
is huge when compared to other convertibles.
Dirt road driving really sets up some tremor
at times. Test for yourself on your private pre-
purchase road test if you are likely to do that
sort or running.
Performance is better than you might expect
from a vehicle that has put on 275 kilograms
when compared to its hardtop brothers. There’s
the inevitable turbo lag, but once that has
passed the diesel’s torque really kicks in and
gets things happening in a satisfactory manner.
Having nine gears to choose from means the
engine can always be getting solid grunt to the
road even when tackling hilly roads.
Fuel consumption from the diesel was
around 16 litres per hundred kilometres during
our initial testing on many miles of sand on
Fraser Island a few months back. That’s high.
On normal roads, with a fair bit of motorway
running during the current week this dropped
to an impressive seven litres. Around town
you’re unlikely to use more than about 10 litres
Cornering on hilly roads isn’t the Evoque’s
forte, with too much understeer for our tastes.
On the other hand the lower centre of gravity
than in the roofed Evoque - all that extra
weight down low and the lightweight roof -
gives it an anchored feel.
If you live on the Gold Coast as we do the
Range Rover Evoque is a no-brainer. The
combination of style and the ability to enjoy
Queensland’s sunshine is irresistible. Not so
irresistible, though is the price of $84,948 for
the entry-level model.
For further information on the Range Rover
range, contact Davison Ford LMCT 6390, corner
of Etiwanda Ave and Fifteenth St, phone 5021
5757 or visit www.davisonmotorgroup.com.au
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