Range Rover Sport P400e PHEV Review By Autogefühl: Video

JAN 25 2019 BY MARK KANE 11

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

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11 Comments on "Range Rover Sport P400e PHEV Review By Autogefühl: Video"

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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

So AER is no better than a Pip (Plugin Prius)?

20 EV miles…. useless. Probably only 12 miles in the winter. If you are going to make a PHEV to make it worth the consumer while… please give it a minimum of 50 miles. Ughh

It would be more useful if you could switch to ICE only, save the 13.1 kWh, and use it for camping.

Up to 31 miles in EV mode. But does that take into account all the brake regeneration? It’s about the same as a lot of the Porsche/BMW plug in hybrids on the market.

Needs a larger battery which should be easy to do. Why not?

Automakers will do the bare minimum to get the tax credit and/or comply with mandates, and nothing more.

I don’t k ow how this translates in mpg but the estimated fuel use of 2.8l/100km sounds amazing. Even with double that on aggressive real life driving, is still a big accomplishment for such a huge car.

This is a Euro-compliance car. Has nearly the minimum battery required to get low emissions results.
Also for some other markets like mine, much lower import duty (ICE vehicles: 83%, PHEVs: 30%; BEVs: 10%), irrespective of electric range.
There’s certainly plenty of space to fit a larger battery (it’s nearly 5m long) and it weighs enough as is so adding enough battery for a 35-40mi AER (in EPA terms) would have been no issue.

I’d love a small SUV PHEV with a 30-40 kWh battery and towing.

I’ve been driving one of these since last August and despite some electrical/software issues is a decent drive and yes turns heads when you almost silently pass people. I drive 25-miles to work and 25-miles back charging both ends and can do the whole distance in the summer some days totally electric and in the winter most of the journey in electric averaging 160 MPG summer and 130 MPG winter, although without the aid of electric the petrol combustion engine will not return much better than 32 MPG due to the extra weight of the battery etc. Having has a 2014 3.0L RRS previously the RRS Phev takes some getting used to but is the future, while Land Rover will surely improve the battery, car and so range with time. Cannot fault the technology and luxury of the car.

Hi Dylan, I also have the phev and been driving it since last May. I’m having battery charge issues, now max 21 miles. Have you noticed the same?