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There is nothing wrong with convertible SUVs

The basic concept has been around for decades

1y ago

Like it or not, convertible SUVs have been around for way longer than you think. If you cast your mind back to your school history lessons or if you've seen anything to do with WW2 on TV, you'll know that the main non-tank type vehicle was a convertible 4x4...namely the Jeep.

This got me thinking. Why do people love original Jeeps and Land Rover Series 1's but then they hate things like the Range Rover Evoque Convertible and the VW T-Roc Cabriolet. I looked all over for an answer but I couldn't find one...so I gave up.

Image: Land Rover

Image: Land Rover

Well, I gave up until I saw a VW T-Roc Cabriolet in the flesh at the Frankfurt Motor Show the other week. You're bound to disagree with me here but it is a sweet little car. Sure, it looks a bit janky with the roof up and the boot is virtually unusable but, if you're after a fun, stylish and cheapish convertible, the T-Roc Cabriolet is a good option.

And what if you don't want a T-Roc? Well, I'm sure you can find an Evoque Convertible somewhere. It's as practical as the T-Roc (so not at all), but it can actually go off-road, as a normal Evoque would. This means you can grab a vegan-friendly iced frappe in Chelsea in the morning and then on your commute home, you can do a spot of green-lane fun and tackle the muddy stuff in your over-priced convertible.

Image: National Archives (USA)

Image: National Archives (USA)

Ah but I hear you cry, what about the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet? Well, I know I'm trying to be positive about convertible SUVs but the Murano CrossCabriolet is genuinely awful. If you want a terrible car, you can do one better and get a Nissan Skyline Convertible. Yes, they exist, Google it.

But if you're a boomer or slightly weird and want to pretend you're fighting the Germans in WW2, buy an older Jeep Wrangler or a Land Rover Defender. They're still fun cars to own, you can go anywhere with the roof off and if you're an army cosplay enthusiast, they make great props at war shows.

So we're at the conclusion point. Should you buy a convertible SUV? Well, if you're considering the likes of a T-Roc or an Evoque, be sure to look at the convertible options as let's be honest, if you're buying a small SUV, you're just buying it as you have no imagination to buy anything better.



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Comments (33)

  • But Land Rovers and Jeeps are super utilitarian. They are amazing off roaders and we're built to do just that. A T-Roc is a slightly lifted Golf that will probably run off and cry whenever it sees a dirt road. Same for the Evoqe.

    These small "SUV" aren't fun to drive, are just slightly more practical than a hatchback and are totally useless off-road and thus don't even deserve the SUV name...

    By making a car that has nothing going for it except a slight increase in practicality a convertible you take away just that and therefor have an entirely useless car with no right to exist...

    If you want a small, fun, stylish convertible you'd buy a Golf cabriolet and not the bigger, less fun, less stylish and more expensive T-Roc... 🤦‍♂

      1 year ago
    • I see your point but, the Golf Cabrio isn’t made any more, nor is the Beetle Cabrio. Let’s forget about the dreary Eos though

        1 year ago
    • The Evoque is not that bad off-road. It’s a Freelander 2 underneath, and I’ll swear by them. They are bloody hard to get stuck, they’re uncannily good for a unibody with no low range. Sure, the Evoque has slightly worse ground clearance, but...

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        1 year ago
    • 1 year ago
  • 2 of my favourite convertible SUVs.

    The big one can rescue 100 peeps at a time.

      1 year ago
  • If you are blind.

      1 year ago
  • FINALLY. Someone agrees with me! I think with the roof down they all look super cool, and these days, let's be honest here, not many people buy super utilitarian/ offroading vehicles anyway. What they want is a big, safe, luxury SUV. Not that there is anything wrong with super off-road 4x4s. In fact I think they might be just as cool. It's just irritating to see people talk down on these awesome convertibles because they aren't "utilitarian enough".

      1 year ago