Land Rover's origins date back to the mid-20th century, when an all-terrain vehicle was developed using the then popular Willys Jeep as a base, a vehicle that although it did not prosper, it did found the idea to begin production of the first model a few years later. Land Rover Defender is an evolution of the different versions that were marketed from 1948 as a fully 4x4 option to access the most inaccessible places, being the preferred choice of adventurers and workers; it was a very characteristic car with straight lines and rough appearance, but great maneuverability in difficult terrain.
Range Rover began production in 1970; the brand's entry into global events such as the Camel Trophy made it a great reputation that would eventually make it the undisputed leader in off-road vehicles. Land Rover Discovery would make its debut in 1989, followed years later by the next generation of Discovery and the new Land Rover Freelancer.
Nowadays the SUV trend has led to the brand's approach and softening of its lines, trying to make them appealing to a wider range of users. If you're looking for a used Land or Range Rover, you'll have plenty of options to choose from.
Some of the brand's most popular cars:
Range Rover Evoque
Range Rover Evoque is a compact SUV that symbolises the brand's attempt to approach the growing crossover market. In a very short time the Evoque has become the brand's flagship, not only for the luxury of its interior but also for its minimalist and simple design.
Evoque is very striking, there is no other car quite like it. The interior has evolved little, remaining clean with very few buttons but offering plenty of functionality. Buttons on the steering wheel have been replaced by touch-sensitive controls, which together with the digital instrument panel offers a very modern look and feel with plenty of information.
The infotainment screen is integrated, a move away from the trend of other brands where it stands out from the dashboard. This time it is a screen that moves and pops out electronically. The 2021 models include a 360° camera, while earlier models may have a rear camera. The lower screen is used for the different driving modes and to control the climate control, quite intuitively. As usual, it comes with full connectivity to both Apple and Android smartphones.
There is plenty of space inside and there are USB and 12V inputs for charging mobiles, tablets or any other peripherals. The rear seats are very spacious with good quality materials, fabric and leather seat trim; there is a 12V power socket and air-conditioning outlet. The boot is spacious and offers plenty of practicality at 592 litres, making it one of the largest in its range, narrowly edging out the BMW X2.
The 2.0-litre engine with between 160 and 300 hp and four cylinders provides excellent acceleration. The sequential automatic transmission provides a more agile and dynamic behaviour, although it can also be found with manual transmission in petrol, diesel or hybrid versions, with front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
The most basic model is priced at over €34,000 new, while the most complete option is priced at over €60,000. Depending on the engine type, we can find sequential automatic transmission or four-wheel drive. It's worth looking for a used Range Rover Evoque if you want to save some money.
In terms of size, the car is 4.37 metres long, 1.90 metres wide and 1.64 metres high. Height above the ground is 21 centimetres.
Finally, as alternatives to the Evoque we have the BMW X2, Jaguar F-Pace, Volvo Xc40. Evoque stands out for its comfort and off-road capability.
Range Rover Discovery Sport
Range Rover Discovery Sport is the successor to the popular Freelander, a compact SUV that will delight those looking for a family car with an off-road feel.
The car features sporty styling and LED optics for front and rear lights, as well as 18 to 21-inch wheels depending on the version chosen. The interior has been completely redesigned for the latest versions, with a highly customisable virtual instrument cluster and an integrated infotainment system on a 10.1-inch screen with internet connectivity. Climate control is fully integrated, as is traction control, leaving us with a flawless design.
Soft, synthetic leather trimmed surfaces, heated and even massaging seats, again depending on the version chosen. It's a luxury interior with attention to detail, which can be seen not only in the front but also in the rear seats. The space in the back of the car is ample and the seats are adjustable in inclination and can slide up to 16 centimetres.
The boot can be manually or electrically opened, with a volume of up to 963 litres, with the option of two extra seats and less space. If you want a second hand 7 seater car and you like the Land Rover style, this is your best option.
In terms of engines, it is available with 150 hp, 180 hp and 240 hp diesel engines or 200 or 249 hp petrol engines with a semi-hybrid engine that reduces fuel consumption by up to 6%. Manual gearbox and front-wheel drive are only available on the 150 hp diesel version; on the others the automatic transmission and 4WD are standard. It is an agile and comfortable car, with good driving dynamics that will undoubtedly lead to many adventures.
It can be found new with prices ranging from approximately 40,000 to 60,000 euros, so if we find a good second-hand or semi-new offer we can save a lot of money.
The Volkswagen Tiguan, the SEAT Tarraco or the Kia Sportage are alternatives to the Range Rover Discovery Sport.
Range Rover Velar
Range Rover Velar is a further step forward in the brand's SUV range, offering more luxury and extras in a model that adopts the name by which Land Rover prototypes were known during the 1960s. More space and technology in a car that seems flawless, but let's get to know it better.
Land Rover has been designing SUVs for a long time and with Velar it seems to have taken a big step forward in terms of design. In fact, the looks of this model is one of its strong points, along with the quality of its construction and materials, all of which brings us a luxury SUV that not only dares to drive on asphalt, but will also provide us with an off-road adventure experience; the optional air suspension will allow us to raise the vehicle 25 centimetres off the ground, something we need when we go off-road and into difficult terrain.
Inside, the infotainment screen detaches from the dashboard to offer a better view, something that most other brands lack and which makes a difference. Its 673-litre boot, expandable to 1731 litres after folding down the seats, also sets it apart from other brands with a smaller capacity,
It's a well-rounded vehicle, but we can only point out its high new price, which starts at €60,000. If you can find a used Velar in good condition and with low mileage, this could be a unique opportunity.
Alternatives to the Velar could be the Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC or BMW X3. If you don't mind spending a bit more, the Porsche Macan could be among the options; if you want to spend less, you can try other brands.
Range Rover Sport
Range Rover Sport is a luxury SUV, with a multitude of features that will make driving a pleasure for all the senses. With this model, the brand has opted for a somewhat sportier vehicle, in order to cover a wider market, which has resulted in a truly interesting product.
Priced from €68,000 new, it's not a car for everyone's pocket. If you can afford it, the ideal is to find it in a second-hand dealership that offers guarantees, so you will save a good amount of money and you will also get a car that has been verified. At these prices we can already imagine the quality of its materials and the comfort when sitting behind the wheel; it is a luxury vehicle in which you can feel the care that the brand has put into its construction in which the basic versions already come with a good standard equipment.
With seven seats, it's ideal for large families, although the last two seats seem more child-friendly due to their limited size. Its 784-litre boot is larger than most of its competitors, and occupants in all seats will travel comfortably, including the middle seat.
Range Rover Sport is a very popular car, there are many Range Rover lovers who, if they can afford it, don't hesitate to buy one. If you like it but don't want to spend that much money for a new one, you just have to be patient until you find a bargain used one at a good price.
As alternatives to Range Rover Sport we find the Porsche Cayenne, the Audi Q7, the BMW X5, the Mercedes GLE and the Volvo XC90 among others. If you're looking for something lower in price we can expand to others such as the Volkswagen Tiguan, SEAT Tarraco or the Kia Sportage.