Range Rover Phev Review

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-Why don't you go for a Range Rover this time?
-Range Rover...No man! 
 Their fuel efficiency rating is very bad
 I can't afford that much fuel
-How good it would have been if they made a hybrid SUV
-Yeah mate! I would be awesome

After some months:

Range Rover: We got your back. Check out our showroom and take your Phev
-Wait...What is Phev?
Range Rover: We heard you and made our first hybrid SUV
-Really?! Take my money right now!

A hybrid SUV from Range Rover! Is that true?

Yes, you read that well. Land Rover finally decided to launch their plug-in hybrid SUV. It will be available for 2019 as the facelift version and they named it the Range Rover Phev. Two types of Phev will be available, the Autobiography (P400e) and the Sport. With that coming, one thing is sure. More people will consider the brand now as for once, they will be able to afford to drive a Range Rover on a daily basis.

So, what exactly is the Range Rover Phev and how it is different from the others? Well, let's take a deeper look at it.

Range Rover Phev Specifications - Top Speed - 0 to 62 mph


So, what are the Phev features?

As we have mentioned above, the hybrid version will be available for the 2019 model year. The model has several upgrades to it. For the Phev, weird to say, but there is a downgrade in power and torque but we can say it is still reasonably fast and comfortable. Ah, and yes, it is still very capable off-road.

The first and most obvious change is the front grille. The new Phev will be using the same updated grille as the Velar. But what is unusual is the fact that the charging port is integrated into the front grille. This was not easy for the manufacturers but somehow they managed to do it. I must admit that not only the Phev looks more futuristic with this but also it gives a clean look.

The second upgrade is at the back, most precisely the Phev is benefiting a new set of taillights and tailpipes. These days, taillights are getting pretty complicated but we must admit it once again, they are quite cool and pleasing to look at. Don't get fooled with the new set of tailpipes. This is a hybrid so the beautiful exhaust sound might be gone or decreased. It can go completely silent if you are driving only on the batteries.

Coming to the Range Rover Phev main feature that differentiates it from its brothers. Yes, the hybrid system. The Phev features a lightweight Ingenium engine along with an electric motor that delivers 102 hp. The duo is combined with a large 13 kWh capacity battery that is charged through the port in the front grille. On a full charge, the Range Rover Phev can go up to 31 miles without any CO2 tailpipe emission. The vehicle is completely silent in EV mode.

The interior is pretty much the same as the Velar, that is the dual-screen in the centre console. The different part is the back, where things get really comfy and luxurious. There is both a short and long wheelbase available for the P400e. But both features rear infotainment system with electronically reclining seats and the centre seat folds to unveil more luxury amenities.

Surprisingly enough, the boot space has been slightly reduced. This is due to the fact that the battery for the hybrid system is located just below the floorboard. But it is still more than you expected. If for any reason, space is not enough, you can still fold down the back seats and get massive boot space. The floor is higher by 44 millimetres and space has come down by 98 litres.

The new Range Rover Phev can fully charge itself in only 14 hours (this depends on your local power supply). You can also set a timing for when your Phev will charge itself. You can also get the help of the intelligent routing system available. The upper touchscreen will display charging points on your route and it will also show you the most efficient routes that you can take. Another amazing feature that the Phev possesses is the intelligent plug-in hybrid display. This will basically allow you to see how efficiently you are driving and it will also show you real-time data on how the electric motor is working with the conventional combustion engine. Pretty cool, right!

What's under the hood?

Under the hood is a 2.0L turbo-petrol engine that combines with the 102 hp electric motor to make a good 404 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Phev is not as powerful as the other Range Rover models but it is still enough power for you to enjoy both on-road and off-road. The Phev will do 0 to 62 mph in 6.4s, which is good for an SUV this big. It can achieve a top speed of 137 mph (220 km/h). The all-wheel-drive SUV uses an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

What it's like to drive?

You can switch between hybrid or completely electric depending upon your choice. You get the same driving feeling as any other Range Rover and in EV mode, it is completely silent. The Phev is as good on city road as it is off-road. There has been no compromise on its off-road capabilities at all. In other words, it is still a mighty Range Rover that bears its name proudly. 

How much would it cost to own?

Well, the Phev is in the same price range as its brothers and we can say that one will be getting a lot of vehicle and tech for the price. The Range Rover Phev starts at around $95,150

There are other Phev models that have not been covered in this review, namely the Range Rover Sport Phev and the Land Rover Plug-In Hybrid. The starting MSRP is $78,300 for both.

Range Rover Phev for sale - Price - MSRP


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7 comments:

  1. So it is less powerful than the gasoline version! What's the point? They need to make a better and faster version for people to buy

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    1. I kinda agree with you but still some people are gonna buy the Phev for fuel efficiency and for reducing CO2

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  2. Really like the little convo at the beginning :) Great article too!

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  3. Love the way you review cars!

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  4. Damn I never knew that existed!

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