WHAT LAND ROVER SHOULD YOU BUY?
The Land Rover is a popular car mainly because of its abilities to traverse different parts of the world. Whether it’s conquering the sand dunes in Dubai or scaling the Great Wall of China, Land Rover brings unmistakable style, performance and reliability to the road. Over its six decades of existence, the British automaker has made a name for itself with several notable models.
With some of the best off-roaders, the Land Rover was one of the first cars to grace several parts of the world. The luxurious models have added to its popularity amongst celebrities including the Queen of England who is known to tour her estates in a Land Rover. So we look at some of the best Land Rover models that the automaker has produced during the last illustrious 60 years.
1987 Range Rover
The luxury 4×4 market that we see today was literally created based on the 1987 Range Rover. This car set the pace for luxury 4x4s with its great amenities and off-road abilities when it debuted at the Los Angeles auto show in 1987. Powered by a 3.5L V8 engine that produced 150hp and a 195 lb ft torque, this car was designed after the 1948 Land Rover that Maurice Wilks created to mimic the Jeep. Land Rover combined luxury and practicality in the Range Rover and even though the Range Rover had little fuel efficiency points it was still a darling amongst buyers.
1993 Land Rover Defender 110
The Land Rover Defender is yet another classic but what makes the 110 stand out from the rest was the 110-inch wheelbase coupled with its stylish looks. The Defender 110 was powered with a 3.9 L V8 engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. The 1993 model had five doors which would later be switched for the two-door and 90-inch wheelbase. Albeit the Land Rover Defender 110 still remains timeless because of its performance and classy interior and exteriors.
Land Rover Discovery Series 2
The Land Rover Discovery Series 2 was a creative production that combined the utilitarian features of the Defender with the classy looks of the Range Rover. Land Rover advertised this creation as a family vehicle and alleged that it had made more than 700 modifications to create this car. Amongst these changes included a raised roof with a rack on top and alpine windows. It also increased the rear overhang to reduce the vehicle’s off-road capabilities that were previously popular in the Range Rover and the Defender. In addition, Land Rover also increased the head room and leg room in the Discovery Series for more comfort. However, Land Rover these features interfered with the hip and shoulder spaces of this car, making it less comfortable than it had anticipated. Despite these concerns, the Land Rover Discovery Series 2 still performed extremely well in the SUV category and Land Rover went ahead to modify the issues discussed above in later models.
The 1995 Range Rover Classic
The 1995 Range Rover Classic was very similar to the 1993 model, save for a few modifications. For one, it had a less boxy look and a bigger rear. It also increased the wheelbase from the 1993 100-inch to 108-inch and this created a more spacious interior with more space between the front and rear seats. Additionally the interior of the 1995 Range Rover also received a few more upgrades including a new dashboard coupled with more modernized controls for the driver and standard airbags for both the passengers and drivers. However, Land Rover, did not add any cargo space to this car despite the more protruding rear. Land Rover continued to upgrade subse quent Range Rovers in later years.
The Range Rover Sport
Just as the name suggests, the Range Rover Sport is a sportier version of its older sibling, the Range Rover. Land Rover changed its utilitarian off-road hype with this sportier and high-performance SUV by installing a 5L V8 engine that produced 375hp, making the Range Rover Sport the fastest and the smallest of all its productions when it debuted in 2005. As if this was not enough, Land Rover modified the Sport Supercharged to include the more powerful 5.0L V8 engine that produces 510hp and a 461 lb-ft of torque.
Land Rover LR2
This model succeeded the Freelander and Land Rover used it to create a more powerful ride with an appealing and spacious interior. Even though it lacked the two-speed transfer case and low ground clearance, it had the Land Rover Terrain Response System and a more powerful engine. Land Rover chose to boost the LR2 by including the 3.2L inline six all aluminum engine that had been developed by Volvo. At 230 hp and 234 lb-ft of torque this SUV was an outright performer.
Land Rover LR4
The Land Rover LR4 replaced the Discovery Series and has proved its worth year after year. Even though the 5.0L V8 engine created major hype when it was incorporated into the LR4 in 2010, it has since been replaced by the 3.0L V6 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission, delivering 340hp, down from 375 hp. The reduced engine size might not have achieved the targeted fuel economy but coupled with a classy interior and cool tech and safety features, the LR4 is still a force to reckon with and gives the Grand Cherokee stiff competition.