The luxury SUV with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain
The Range Rover Sport P400e is one of the two plug-in hybrid Land Rovers on the market (the second is the slightly bigger Range Rover P400e, equipped with the same battery and drivetrain). It's, of course, all-wheel drive and ready for off-road driving.
The car was recently tested by the Autogefühl in its usual full-length format, which brings detailed insight on the exterior, interior and driving experience.
The Range Rover Sport P400e is envisioned for those who can recharge at home or work, and their daily commute fits into the all-electric range of about 20 miles (32 km). Some could be motivated to opt for the PHEV because local company tax breaks will make it cheaper compared to diesel. Anyways, the savings on fuel alone probably would not be enough to convince anyone to go for the plug-in over the diesel.
One of the nice things that the driver would notice right from the beginning is silence when starting (in all-electric mode), which is pretty cool when you experience it in such a big vehicle. Range Rover Sport also offers a great upright - command - seating position. There are, of course, some drawbacks, as the plug-in hybrid components consumes some part of trunk capacity and the infotainment isn't very responsive (we already heard that several times in the case of various Jaguar Land Rover cars).
Range Rover P400e specs:
- 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds); 6.3 seconds in case of Range Rover Sport
- up to 31 miles (51 km) of all-electric range (NEDC, think ~20 miles/32 km real world/EPA)
- 13.1 kWh battery
- 296hp (217kW) 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with a 85kW electric motor. Combined system output: 398hp (292kW), 640 Nm of torque
- permanent four-wheel drive system
- top speed of 137mph (220km/h)
- charging takes 2 hours 45 minutes at home using a dedicated 32 amp wall box (7 kW)
- battery is covered by an eight-year, 100,000-mile, 70% state of health warranty