There is nothing wrong with convertible SUVs
The basic concept has been around for decades
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
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)
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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