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Long touted as one of the best luxury cars in the world, the Range Rover lineage spans around 40 years. In 1970, Land Rover felt there was a need for comfortable SUV that still had off roading capability. Despite the current Land Rover Range Rover today, the original Land Rover Range Rover was not intended to be a luxury vehicle. It was an SUV designed to appeal to the masses, or rather in British speak, to the industrial population. Over the times, the Range Rover has evolved into an expensive and luxurious vehicle while still retaining its off road prowess. The Range Rover nameplate also spawned the popular Range Rover Sport and the Evoque. This third generation that you see here was developed by BMW despite being under Ford ownership. In 2005, the Range Rover was updated with new engines and improved controls. Continue reading
The E Class ancestry goes all the way back to the mid 1930s, but it was not until 1993 that the E Class nomenclature was adopted. Previously, the E was used to denote the engine size (Example: 230E). Technically, the E Class came to life in 1996 during the W210 generation (1996-2003). The E Class is to Mercedes-Benz what the Camry is to Toyota. It pushed Mercedes-Benz into the upper market, and it finally had a formidable competitor to the BMW 5 Series. This was the generation in which specific E Class design traits would develop such as the quad head lights (four separate headlights) and singular taillights. As the years passed by, the E Class continued to grow in size and importance. Until recently, the E Class was Mercedes-Benz’s best selling model. Now in its third generation, it was refreshed for the 2014 model year with exterior and mechanical tweaks.
A few years ago, the luxury car sector was shaken up by the introduction of Mercedes Benz’s CLS. It gave meaning to the body type “four door coupe” as it boasted a sloping roof line and sharper looks. The success of the CLS has attracted the attention of BMW and Audi. BMW struck back with its 2012 6 Series Gran Coupe and Audi did so with its 2012 A7. Based off the Audi A6, the A7 flaunted sharper styling as well as higher prices. Much to Mercedes Benz’s chagrin, the Audi A7 achieved success. It was Automobile‘s “2012 Automobile of the Year”, International Car of the Year in 2012, AutoWeek’s Best of the Best/Car for 2012, and Esquire’s 2011 Esquire Car of the Year. Competing with rivals from Mercedes Benz and BMW, the A7 incorporates typical Audi virtues while giving prospective buyers an attractive alternative to the Audi A6. Continue reading
Determined to defeat the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C class as the king of compact luxury cars, the Audi A4 was redesigned in 2009. Understated styling and excellent quality is what separated the A4 from the aforementioned BMW and Mercedes. Whereas the BMW was sporty and the Mercedes luxurious, the A4 struggled to find a balance. Previous generations were too hard riding and noisy and not sporty enough which can be attributed to its front wheel drive (or front wheel drive based AWD) layout. In 2009, Audi was determined to take down its rivals. Flaunting modern styling and newly updated powertrains, the latest Audi A4 was Audi’s contender in the compact luxury foray. Continue reading
Long touted as the best compact luxury car to drive, the BMW 3 Series was redesigned in 1999 (E46 generation). Succeeding the E36 generation (1990-2000), the BMW 3 Series made strides in comfort and refinement while honing its driving dynamics. How did I stumble upon this BMW? It all started with my friend. She got an “old” BMW, but did not know which it was. As a lover of old German cars, I jumped at the chance to review it. She said, “Okay, but it has to be really fast”. I then found out that the BMW was a 2001 330i, and the time frame was only 15 minutes. 15 minutes! And the car is not even washed. Can you really evaluate a car in 15 minutes? Only one way to find out.