VW announces new T-Roc Convertible SUV
As SUVs grow ever more popular, companies are keen to explore niches in the market they may not have otherwise. We've had coupe SUVs, seven-seat SUVs, performance SUVs and offroading SUVs. The latest trend, however, could be the convertible SUV, as Volkswagen has announced a drop-top version of its T-Roc compact crossover.
Previewed only in concept form so far, the T-Roc cabriolet will be built in the first half of 2020. Volkswagen says the cabrio will be a 'highly emotional model'. We're not quite sure which emotions the brand wants us to feel, but for some, we suspect 'disgust' will be fairly high up the list.
It's not just Volkswagen that's created some truly heinous convertibles, though. We've rounded up some of the absolute worst...
Range Rover Evoque Convertible
The most recent of the convertible SUVs, the Evoque Convertible is probably the most successful in terms of styling. With the roof up it's not even all that awkward, and with the roof down it's almost handsome – albeit with the caveat that the driver looks somewhat like they're sat in a bathtub.
Citroen C3 Pluriel
Citroen deserved credit for trying something new with the Pluriel, and its endlessly configurable roof could act as a giant sunroof, full convertible, or even a pickup truck. But nobody thought of where customers would put the very bulky and very heavy roof bars if you removed them. Oops.
Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible
... just look at it.
Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
The first modern convertible SUV (if you don't include soft-tops such as the Land Rover Defender), the Murano deserves credit for creating the market segment, but not much else besides. With 'challenging' styling, a poor drive and a floppy chassis, it's probably a good thing we never got it over here.
Renault Megane Convertible
We could quite easily level this criticism at a great number of hatchbacks-turned-convertibles – the Vauxhall Astra Twintop, the Ford Focus CC, the Peugeot 307 CC to name but a few. We've only singled out the Megane because the standard hatchback had such great styling and a tight chassis – which were ruined on the convertible. Shame.