Why I would buy it
Smashing road presense, high quality cabin, unparalled top-down driving experience
Why I would avoid it
Not really a practical buy, stiff low speed ride
The Evoque Convertible is a rather special car. With its fabric roof up, it’s quiet and composed like any other luxury car but the moment you put the roof down, it turns into a classy boulevard cruiser, rolling top down through the streets and reaping attention of onlookers as you crawl through traffic. It’s basically what convertibles do. There’s something quite mystic about driving them but the truth is, they are not the most practical of cars. The Evoque Convertible, however, is different – It’s not a low-slung roadster or a mammoth luxury barge that will have its work cut-out on our roads.
On the contrary, it stands tall, looks absolutely smashing, has beefy tyres and electronic wizardry to get you through the rough stuff.
It’s the only convertible luxury SUV in India and the fact that it can handle our roads makes it the only convertible that isn’t ridiculous. We have earlier reviewed the standard four-door Evoque (you can read about it here) and found it to be quite impressive but somewhat compromised in terms of space and road presence. In the case of this convertible version, it’s like being in an entirely different car altogether.
Firstly, there’s the look. Although the front-end remains the same as the standard Evoque, the convertible gets a deeper, more sculpted bumper with bigger air intakes. That said, the bodywork behind the front door has been redesigned to accommodate the stowed roof mechanism. Naturally, you get frameless doors (to maintain that clean profile), restyled rear fenders and an entirely new tailgate. Coming back to the main highlight, the fabric roof (made by Webasto) looks neat when it’s up and somewhat retains the proportions of the standard Evoque. Meanwhile, the Z-fold mechanism allows it to fold flush into the deck lid in around 18 seconds. Like most modern convertibles, the 251-litre boot capacity is thankfully retained whether the roof is up or down. All in all, the Evoque Convertible looks smashing despite the unusually high deck (for a convertible), and is easily the most distinctive SUV on the road today.