Land Rover just had its best year of Canadian compact SUV sales ever, and it’s all because of the new Discovery Sport. Today we review this stylish utility in 7-passenger HSE trim, complete with LED…

2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Road Test Review

The Discovery Sport has two very good things going for it. One, it's a much better vehicle than the LR2 it replaced two years ago, and two, it's riding a wave of SUV popularity that shows no end in sight.

The best the LR2 ever did in Canada was 1,054 units in calendar year 2007, but after nearly matching that number over its first seven months of availability in 2015 the Discovery Sport reached 2,354 Canadian buyers in 2016, making it the second most popular nameplate in Land Rover's five-model strong lineup. I'm not by any means knocking the LR2, which was a big step up over the original Freelander, but the Discovery Sport is so much improved it deserves all of its success and more.

For 2017, Land Rover has kept updates to a minimum, but that said they're not of minor importance. Infotainment is critical to many buyers' purchasing decisions, so availability of the British brand's new InControl Touch Pro touchscreen system is important. Its larger 10.2-inch display is Read Full Story
Now that a $240k Bentley SUV is available does the $108k Range Rover still measure up? In most ways yes, especially when fitted with $35.5k optional Autobiography trim that adds leather nearly everywhere,…

2016 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography

As you can likely imagine I'm often asked questions such as, "What's the best supercar you've ever driven?" or "Which company makes the best SUV?" To the former I unequivocally respond "Bugatti Veyron," probably because I've never driven a McLaren F1, but I might still answer likewise. The latter question is getting more difficult after spending time with Bentley's new Bentayga W12, but even then I find myself leaning toward the current Range Rover in full-load Autobiography trim despite being able to buy three for the price of one similarly equipped Bentayga.

Why? I'm a details freak, annoyingly so. Really, I regularly strap on my illuminated double-eye jeweler watch repair magnifying glasses and line up my various new, gently used, and vintage high-frequency manually wound and automatic mechanical and quartz three-hand, chronograph, jump hour, digital, etcetera (no tourbillons yet) watches, before setting each to the atomic clock (ironically sourced from my smartphone), making Read Full Story
Range Rover’s Evoque gets a mild update for 2016, which should help it maintain position as the ritziest subcompact SUV. Subtle styling details aside, it carries forward with a 240-hp 2.0L turbo four,…

2016 Range Rover Evoque HSE Si4 Road Test Review

The Evoque remains the most ideally proportioned and arguably best looking subcompact SUV on the market, and this despite being the oldest design in its class. In fact, there was no subcompact luxury SUV segment in Canada the year before it was introduced in 2011 as a 2012 model, although BMW and its Mini line brought their X1 and Countryman to market earlier that same year.

Four years is a bit long to go without any visual updates, and to many the subtle changes made to this mildly refreshed 2016 Evoque won't be enough to lure them back, a possible reason for the model's declining sales. It was never going to match the X1's numbers, however, this made clear in their first full year of sales when BMW found 4,776 X1 buyers and Land Rover just 1,254 for the Evoque, while even Mini managed to find 1,731 Countryman buyers that year.

Mini, which hasn't changed the Countryman's design one iota since inception, is now lagging the entire segment with just 531 deliveries over Read Full Story
If you want the finest mid-size sport-luxury SUV on the market look no further than the Range Rover Sport, but a lot of fans have been calling for its Euro-market turbo-diesel here in North America. Wait…

2016 Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 Road Test Review

Those that regularly read my scribblings will know I've been requesting JLR to empower its enviable lineup of sport-luxury cars and SUVs with diesel propulsion for almost as long as I've been reviewing them, and yes that time has finally arrived. Meet the 2016 Range Rover Sport HSE Td6, mostly the same SUV as last year, albeit infused with a much more efficient new heart.

I realize that I'm probably not speaking to the Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged or SVR owner already enjoying zero to 100km/h times of 5.3 and 4.7 seconds respectively, unless they feel a newfound calling to delve deeper into the wild green yonder and therefore require much-improved fuel economy to do so. While such thriftiness has its merits off-road, most will appreciate the Sport Td6's impressive 10.6 L/100km city, 8.1 highway and 9.4 combined five-cycle rating even more while attending to their regular daily duties, while its 7.6-second sprint to 100km/h is hardly lacking.

This is a 32-percent Read Full Story
The compact luxury SUV segment is growing quickly and Land Rover’s new Discovery Sport is a solid entry capable of matching and in some ways exceeding standards set by German rivals, starting with interior…

2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Si4 Road Test Review

If you haven't heard, Disco is back in a big way. I wouldn't blame you if you didn't know. Pop music was in a funk for years, and not the kind of funk most of us enjoy, but now there's a new soulful sound that's spinning ultimately contagious dance grooves from yesteryear. The first of such tracks that lured me back was Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams' Get Lucky, followed by plenty of others including Maroon 5's Sugar, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk, and more recently Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop the Feeling, while the new soul mentioned a moment ago, from Drake, The Weeknd, Alessia Cara, Nick Jonas, Sam Smith, et al is mellowing out the moodier moments.

These old meets new musical genres, tracks, songsters and songstresses sound fabulous on the new Disco's standard 10-speaker audio system incidentally, Disco being the catchy nickname fans and owners gave the now classic 1989 through 1998 Land Rover Discovery, plus the Discovery II, 3 and 4 sold in Europe and other Read Full Story