Land Rover SUV – the P400e is a plug-in hybrid with a good electric range which totally changed impression of “less green model”
The Range Rover petrol-electric powertrain that produces a combined 404hp. That’s produced from a 2.0 litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine, which works alongside an 85 kW electric motor. Power from either powertrain or both is put through an eight-sped automatic gearbox to all four wheels. With a hefty 640 Nm of torque available from the system, the Range Rover P400e can complete the 0-62mph sprint in 6.8 seconds.
The P400e PHEV models have new lighting at the front, and changes a few styling details mean the Range Rover looks just about the same as before, but a tiny bit sharper.
The square-ish styling means there is lots of space inside for all. In the back, space is luxurious, and for those really picky about leg-room in the rear, there are long-wheelbase versions available too.
Changes are more noticeable in the cabin
The biggest change here is the use of Land Rover’s latest infotainment system, which uses the InControl Touch Pro Duo system. InControl Touch are first seen on the Range Rover Velar. This sees two widescreen touchscreens stacked one on top of the other, the upper one a normal sat-nav/media etc system, and the lower one controlling elements. Other controls include the dials set into the lower screen that change what elements they effect depending on screen or option.
The Range Rover P400e is the greenest model in the Range Rover line-up, and joint greenest in the Land Rover range alongside the identically powered Range Rover Sport P400e. The ability to cover a decent number of miles on electric power only means the P400e can be extremely green over shorter journeys.
Regenerative braking is pitched well in terms of trade-off between regen strength and coasting. There are options for the driver to select electric mode, save the battery’s charge, or let the car balance power in hybrid mode. To charge, the Range Rover is fitted with a 7.2 KW on-board charger for faster topping up than many PHEVs. This will charge the 13.1 kWh battery in less than three hours when connected to a fast charge point, and is plugged in to the inlet sited behind the right-hand section of the car’s grille.
- Model tested: Range Rover P400e Vogue SE
- Body-style: Large SUV
- Engine / CO2: 2.0 litre petrol engine and electric motor / 72 g/km
- Trim grades: Vogue, Vogue SE, Autobiography – LWB: Autobiography and SVAutobiography
- P400e on-road price: from £86,965. Price as tested £93,465
- Warranty: Three year / unlimited mileage