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Today’s letter is indeed great. It comes to use from a reader I’ve named Theodore, who’s asking a question I’ve received no fewer than 40 million times on Twitter in the last few weeks. Theodore says:
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible
What in god’s name was land rover thinking?
and will you buy one new or used...in a few years? with or without a warranty? SE? HSE?
and do you think the hood will bounce and shudder as much as the nissan? could you possibly get a press car and review?
I have spent a lot of time pondering this very question—What in God’s name was Land Rover thinking?—in reference to a LOT of topics. For example: my Range Rover does not have separate lock and unlock buttons for the doors. Just one button that does both things. This is a problem when you have, say, the driver’s door unlocked and the passenger doors locked, which you often do if you’ve just gotten in the car.
So here’s what happens: you’ve come to pick someone up, and they want to get inside, but the three passenger doors are locked. So what you do is, you press the magic lock/unlock button in order to unlock the doors to let the person in. And what happens next? That’s right: the driver’s door locks in order to get in sync with the other doors. You have to press the button a second time to unlock the doors and let your passenger inside. In every single other vehicle ever manufactured, there is both a “lock” and an “unlock” button. But in the Range Rover, well…
What in God’s name was Land Rover thinking?
Of course, this question can be applied to the Evoque Convertible. In fact, it can be applied to the Evoque in general.