2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Pure Premium review notes03/20/2015
ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM KOZAK: I’ll come right out and say that I just don’t get the Range Rover Evoque. For one, I don’t understand where it fits in the Land Rover family (even as I fully comprehend the market case for it). While Range Rovers have long since ceased to be rugged-but-charming work vehicles with endearing/infuriating “quirks,” most of the brand’s offerings can at least trace their respective lineages to something functional. But not this thing. I also think it’s ugly; the longer I stare at it, the more dated it looks.
Anyway, I figured I’d be upfront with my biases, because my irrational hatred for this car only made my stint behind the wheel that much more frustrating. The problem was I couldn’t really find anything terribly wrong with it, objectively speaking.
First, the motor was not disappointing; that 2.0-liter feels like a stout powerplant, and if anything, I’d want a more gradual throttle tip-in. Tap the throttle, and this thing wants to go. Steering was pleasantly direct.
2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport first drive01/22/2015
What is it?
As one Land Rover official put it, the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport is nothing less than the "most important SUV in five years." Sounds like he's exaggerating -- he's British, after all. Still, when you consider 2014 was a record sales year for Land Rover (51,000 sold in the U.S.), it's clear the new seven-seat-capable Discovery Sport has some weight on its shoulders to keep the momentum going.
2014 Land Rover LR4 HSE review notes07/31/2014
SENIOR MOTORSPORTS EDITOR MAC MORRISON: The LR4 has never been my first choice in the Land Rover range, mostly due to its exterior styling and proportions appearing a little dated to my eyes, but this mild refresh for the 2014 model year LR4 improves it a bit, and our test car's optional $3,500 Black Design Package even made me think it looks sharp, at least from certain angles.
The new 3.0-liter supercharged powertrain gets the job done; the ZF-supplied eight-speed changes up and down fluidly, and it seemed to find the right gear for each situation I found myself in. However, I do wonder how the power reduction would fare once I loaded the LR4 to its high roof with enough supplies to last a week in the GMC Yukon. This Land Rover’s curb weight alone exceeds two and a half tons; if I were a potential purchaser, I’d attempt to have a trailer nearby the dealership so I could load the LR4 up during my test drive, though I’d probably have to figure out a scheme to equip the SUV with a trailer hitch.