Range Rover Evoque Convertible SUV (2016-2019) - Interior & comfort
The Range Rover Evoque Convertible interior is as luxurious and as stylish as the car’s upmarket price tag suggests
From the front seats, there’s no telling the Range Rover Evoque Convertible apart from any other models in the range. That means you get the same sort of luxurious ambiance, plenty of tech and a raised driving position that provides a commanding view of the road.
The seats are comfortable, and although the suspension is slightly firmer than the three- and five-door versions, it’s an all-round comfortable car.
Range Rover Evoque Convertible dashboard
There’s no doubting the Evoque Convertible is anything other than an upmarket model. Most of the surfaces are covered in leather and all of the trim panels, even the plastic ones, have a solid, luxury-car feel.
When you push the start button, a rotary gear-selector dial rises slowly out of the centre console, which gives a real sense of drama. You don’t get that kind of touch in most other cars.
The main difference between the Convertible and other Evoques is the touchscreen. Here, it measures 10.2 inches – 2.2 inches larger than the screen in other models – and is far more responsive.
The roof mechanism is very easy to use and operation involves flicking a switch. The roof can open in 18 seconds and close in 21, and both can be done at speeds of up to 30mph.
Although five trim levels are available in the three and five-door Evoque, the Convertible offers the just two: HSE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic Lux. These are two of the three plushest trims in the range, so it comes as no surprise that the list of standard equipment is long.
Highlights of the HSE Dynamic model include automatic headlamps and wipers, a heated windscreen, 12-way power-adjustable heated leather seats, front and rear parking cameras, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a 380-watt Meridian stereo.
The HSE Dynamic Lux model adds a range of parking-assistance features, including parallel park, perpendicular park and 360-degree park distance control. There’s also traffic-sign recognition, lane-keeping assistance, keyless entry, automatic high beams and a Meridian stereo upgrade that takes output to a colossal 660 watts.
It also features a suite of InControl features, including InControl Protect. This is a smartphone and Apple Watch app that allows you to check your car’s location and fuel level and whether the windows are open, as well as letting you record your journeys. It can also alert breakdown services or emergency services if necessary.
Many of the options available for the HSE Dynamic come as standard on the HSE Dynamic Lux, so by the time you’ve chosen a few features, you may be better off spending an extra £4,000 to get them – plus a few other toys – as standard with the higher-spec model.
Options we’d recommend if you’re set on an HSE Dynamic include a ski hatch (£215), a wind deflector (£270) and blind-spot monitoring with reverse traffic detection (£375).
Adaptive LED headlights come as part of the £1,905 Tech Pack, which also adds keyless entry and a surround camera system, while metallic paint is a rather pricey £640 – you’ll have to spend on these whichever model you choose, as they’re not available as standard at all. The same is true of climate-controlled front seats (£535) and extra adjustment for the front seats (£425 or £1,270 depending on how much movement you’d like).
Some of the more common features are bundled into packs. The Advanced Driver Assistance Pack (£2,275) is a worthwhile addition, as it provides all manner of camera views and kit like lane-departure warning.