THE FIRST OF ITS KIND
If you look at the high-end luxury SUV segment there are very few PHEV offerings. Volvo has the XC90 T8 and Bentley has the Bentayga but the Volvo doesn’t have the capabilities of the Range Rover and the Bentayga is strictly luxury-focused and costs around $200,000 USD. With that said, the Range Rover is the only true luxury off-road capable PHEV vehicle on the market today.
RANGE & POWER
Most people drive around 30 miles a day for work and other activities which gives the Range Rover an advantage with 31 miles of EV only range. The PHEV P400e combines a 2.0-liter turbo-four with an 85-kW (114-hp) motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. The gasoline engine and electric motor deliver a combined 398 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque which gets it from 0-60 in just 6.4 seconds. Thankfully no CVT here, all power is routed through an 8-speed automatic transmission which I found to be very responsive. However, it’s worth noting the engine and electric system themselves seem to have a bit of a hard time going from one to the other. It wasn’t always a terribly smooth process, in fact at times you could feel the vehicle shutter a bit as it went from gas to electric. Not something you’d expect from a $100,000 Range Rover.
QUICK CHARGING + EFFICIENCY
When you do run out of electric juice not to worry, you can get a full charge in just 2 hours and 45 minutes. Which is about the same time as a nice dinner takes to eat or those pesky conference calls take to complete from the local coffee shop. Plus when driving off a charge, you still get excellent fuel economy which you can expect to be in the mid-20s combined; very good for something this large and heavy.
PLUG-IN HYBRID DISPLAY
Instead of a standard tachometer, you get Range Rovers hybrid interactive reconfigurable drivers display. This feature tells you how efficiently you’re driving and gives you real-time data about how the electric motor is working alongside the conventional engine. You can also have the entire screen become a map or a single dial with information panels on both sides if you prefer.
DRIVER ASSISTANCE TECHNOLOGY
One of my biggest problems with the Range Rover (a general problem across the brand) would be the laggy backup camera. It always seems to have a half second delay which as you can imagine is a big problem. With that in mind, you need to be extra cautious when parking. It does have a whole array of cameras and views (including 360) which is great to have but would be even better if the system could keep up with the movement. Another notable feature would be the distance guided cruise control with stop & go technology. Thankfully this system works without a hitch and it was a pleasure to have during rush hour traffic.
LUXURY THE RANGE ROVER WAY
As to be expected, Range Rover sets a high bar when it comes to interior design and quality. Every surface is covered in soft high-quality leather or wood and boats that uniquely bold Land Rover design. At times you feel as if you’re rolling down the road in a military vehicle (a very luxurious one lol) with tall dual pane windows, a comfy place to rest your elbow (on the window ledge) and a commanding view of the road.
SMART MOVE FOR LAND ROVER:
The Range Rover PHEV is a great platform to build from. It’s robust, efficient and dynamic all great qualities consumers want when purchasing a high-end luxury SUV. While there are a few kinks to workout with the power transition from electric to fuel, it’s still a very smooth vehicle most of the time. We look forward to the next PHEV Range Rover.