My parents once had a Land Rover Discovery. Its most redeeming features were a soft-ish ride and two-tone suede leather seats. Beyond that it blew its engine at 1,500km, chowed more fuel (and was slower) than an oil tanker, rattled like a can ‘o nails and randomly went into limp mode. So – is this newest one any better?
Bekend gestel in 1948, het die Land Rover reeks vroeg naam gemaak as een van die mees ikoniese 4×4 name ter wêreld. Oorspronklik gesien as ‘n simplistiese, maar uitmuntende voertuig vir die veld, het hierdie Britse handelsmerk ontwikkel in ‘n globale leier, wat bykans 8 eksklusiewe voertuie op die Suider-Afrikaanse mark verkoop.
A gigantic new car, lots of information in short paragraphs.
What you need to know: I’m not supposed to write a review on this brand-new, fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery but as a former Landy owner I felt obliged to at least get a sneaky Sprint Review in. That urge intensified after I spent a few hours with this imposing maroon metallic press car.
Die beste 4×4 /SUV kombinasie nog?
Die naam ‘Discovery’ het ‘n sterk persoonlike konnotasie vir my. Nie te lank terug nie het ek as student die TD1 model deur die nat en modderige Cederberge geneem. Tot vandag bly dit een van my gunsteling herinneringe. ‘n Land Rover Discovery, met meer as 350 000km op die enjin, gemaklik op die pad, maar selfs meer op die rowwe grondpad van die Tankwa Karoo.
What you need to know: The Range Rover Evoque actually started life as the LRX concept car from 2008. Completely overwhelmed by the public’s approval, Land Rover simply had to build it; the first Evoques appeared in 2011 and are a huge success for the brand.
So huge, in fact, that now every Landy looks like an Evoque. The car that gave everything else its face was built on the Freelander Mk2 platform so it isn’t really a Range Rover.
Ag no man. Your mother-in-law is coming along on holiday and the kids want to take ALL their toys and sports equipment along. Where are you going to fit all of this?
Perhaps you have already invested in a sizable trailer and decent roof-top box but your car simply can’t handle more luggage. Well, we at NamWheels love to help and have compiled a list of cars with at least 400L of luggage space. Big enough to put your skoonma in the boot.
The good reasons
Rotten luck. Bad karma. Call it what you want but I now believe that cars can also suffer from unbreakable curses; like this poor Land Rover Discovery we tested recently. Don’t worry, it didn’t break down or fall to pieces, it just suffered the same unfortunate fate that befell all previous Discovery’s we tested.
So it’s finally holiday time and you’re off to the coast with your boat to visit the in-laws. Or perhaps your daughter got a new horse for Christmas? In both cases you have our sympathy.
Jokes aside though, here’s our little list of cars that can tow big loads, arranged by number of models and total weight. Please note that we based this list on manufacturer’s figures and advise that you confirm any data with your local retailer.
The modern perfection
What’s this world coming to? At the risk of sounding like the grumpy sod I’m slowly turning into, back when I was young all Landies were slow, noisy and pretty ugly. I know this because my first car was just such a beast and nothing like my latest review victim, Land Rover’s new Range Rover Sport.
Disco vs Disco
It’s not often that I get the chance to compare two vastly differing models in the same range, so I’m grabbing a recent opportunity with both hands to present the top and the basic specification of Land Rover’s Discovery 4 range.