LAND ROVER

LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER ESTATE SPECIAL EDITION 2.0 P400e Westminster Black 4dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.8s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

If you like the idea of owning a Range Rover but find the thought of running one to be slightly at odds with the kind of corporate responsibility statement you want to make, then this P400e petrol/electric Plug-in hybrid version could be just about perfect for you. It offers a combined power output of 404hp, a claimed all-electric driving range of 25 miles and an official fuel consumption figure better than a Toyota Prius. It's hard not to be intrigued.

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If you like the idea of owning a Range Rover but find the thought of running one to be slightly at odds with the kind of corporate responsibility statement you want to make, then this P400e petrol/electric Plug-in hybrid version could be just about perfect for you. It offers a combined power output of 404hp, a claimed all-electric driving range of 25 miles and an official fuel consumption figure better than a Toyota Prius. It's hard not to be intrigued.

Background

The Range Rover pioneered the rarified Super-Luxury large SUV segment, but it no longer has it to itself, following fresh class arrivals in recent years from Bentley, Lamborghini and Mercedes. In response, Land Rover significantly updated this iconic model for the 2018 year with an all-new interior, extra safety and infotainment technology and, perhaps most importantly, the option of the Plug-in petrol/electric powertrain that we're going to test here. As a result, this flagship Range Rover model line can claim a lighter eco-footprint, a properly limousine-like rear cabin and performance that can even approach that of a high performance luxury saloon. And yes, it'll be even better if you're setting off across the Serengeti or exploring the Amazon. It'll be, more than ever, one of a kind. As we're about to discover...

Driving Experience

On the move in a Range Rover, luxury, comfort, refinement, craftsmanship and outright performance all fuse together as part of this car's imperious progress, whether that be on-turf or on-tarmac. All the available powertrains offer exemplary refinement, but should you select one that adds in electrified assistance, then as you might imagine, this car is particularly quiet. We're referring specifically to the petrol/electric hybrid engine used in the P400e variant we've chosen to test here. This version may only have four cylinders, but it boasts a combined power output of 404PS, a claimed WLTP-rated all-electric driving range of 25 miles and running cost figures that are better than a Toyota Prius. This version employs a 300hp version of JLR's familiar 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine working in concert with an 85kW electric motor powered by a 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery. Yes, as previously mentioned, it's a four cylinder powertrain but if fellow Range Rover owners scoff at that, you might want to remind them that this supposedly eco-minded variant develops a 640Nm torque figure that out-strips the base version of the supercharged 5.0-litre petrol V8. Sixty from rest is dispatched in just 6.4s - quicker even than the top D300 diesel - and the top speed is higher than you'd get from a black pump-fuelled model too, at 137mph. All of which should provide sufficient reassurance, should you need it, than in choosing this P400e model, you're not being fobbed off with an engine more suited to an Evoque. Which is just as well, given that this particular derivative weighs over two and a half tonnes - over 300kgs more than the base TDV6 diesel version.

Design and Build

This is every inch a Range Rover. You'd know it as such even without a glance at the elegant badge work. Which is as it should be. Gerry McGovern's design team committed early on to protect the visual characteristics that have always made this car what it is: the wrap-around clamshell bonnet; the deep glass area; the low waist and straight side feature line with no wedge or step up in side styling; the close wheel arch cuts; and the two-piece tailgate. Seated commandingly up-front amongst the beautiful leathers, polished metal, deep pile carpet and glossy surfacing, you'll find yourself in a cabin that looks as classy and cosseting as ever. It features clean, elegant controls, wider re-designed leather seats and the new-era 'Touch Pro Duo' infotainment system we first saw on the Velar, complete with its two high-definition 10-inch central touchscreens. Anything this Panasonic-developed set-up can't tell you will almost certainly be covered off by the digitally customisable 12.3-inch so-called 'Interactive Driver Display' you view through the imposing four-spoke stitched multi-function steering wheel. In the rear, there's over a metre of leg-stretching room - and you can extend that by a further 186mm if you go for the long wheelbase body style. And though the boot can't offer the option of extra fold-out chairs, it offers a huge 909-litre capacity.

Market and Model

There's a premium of about £7,000 to go from the base D300 diesel Range Rover to one with this P400e Plug-in hybrid petrol/electric powertrain, which means starting prices for the base 'Vogue'-spec model beginning from around £90,000. Bear in mind that the same engineering can also be found in a Range Rover Sport P400e model costing around £73,000. 'Vogue', 'Westminster', 'Vogue SE', 'Autobiography' and 'Range Rover Fifty' trim levels are also available for Range Rover buyers, the latter two options available with the lengthened long wheelbase bodystyle. Here, the price could be anything up to around £170,000. It's hard to find really direct rivals. The base 'Vogue' P400e model costs just over £20,000 more than large-segment Plug-in hybrid SUVs like Audi's Q7 e-tron, Porsche's Cayenne E-Hybrid and Volvo's XC90 T8 Twin Engine, but cars like those aren't really from the same class as this one and are more directly targeted by the P400e Plug-in Hybrid version of the Range Rover Sport (which prices from just over £70,000). You've to turn to the Bentley Bentayga for a truer rival - that car can be ordered with Plug-in Hybrid tech, but at prices that would only make sense if you were to be considering a P400e Range Rover in top 'SVAutobiography' trim.

Cost of Ownership

The P400e model's sophisticated drivetrain combination produces an eye-catching set of figures - 84.8mpg on the combined cycle, 75g/km of CO2 (based on the WLTP test) and an all-electric 31-mile journeying range, should you select the provided 'EV' driving mode which locks the vehicle down into milk float mobility. The stats in question are, as with most Plug-in hybrids, straight out of fairy land. In our time with this car, we probably averaged about 25mpg and sometimes struggled to ease the all-electric range much beyond double figures, even with quite conservative driving. The key thing though, is that the government believes them, hence a set of Plug-in hybrid incentive figures that for some buyers, will make compelling reading. Your first year of vehicle excise duty - what used to be called 'road tax' - will be much lower compared to the closest-performing diesel Range Rover. More importantly, there's a big potential monthly BIK tax saving given that this car sits in the 20% bracket - as opposed to the 37% bracket for the next-cleanest D300 diesel model. Charging takes as little as 2 hours 45 minutes if you have the appropriate garage wallbox and on the move, there's a 'Save' option that'll allow you to save battery charge for town driving.

Summary

In its much improved current form, the Range Rover finally has a cabin with technology befitting its exalted price tag, being better connected, safer and even more luxurious. The main change here though, has been the introduction of the optional Plug-in Hybrid powertrain we've been trying here. It won't work for everyone but the right kind of buyer will find the running cost savings that come with this engine to be utterly compelling. Much has changed then but, thank goodness, at the same time, nothing here is really different. Drive this car through a river, drive it to the opera: it's as happy either way, beautifully built, gorgeously finished and - with the right engine - astonishingly quick. True, this Range Rover is never quite going to be all things to all people, but it has perhaps moved as close to fulfilling that remit as any modern car is ever likely to get. Makes you proud to be British doesn't it.

  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Heated rear window
  • Privacy glass
  • Door/quarter lights in toughened plate glass
  • Power front/rear windows with global close
  • Acoustic windscreen
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Electric windows with one touch open/close and anti trap
  • Heated windscreen includes heated washer jets

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Roll stability control
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Low traction launch
  • Hill launch assist
  • Hill descent control
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Electronic traction control

  • Carpet mats

  • Adaptive dynamics
  • Electronic air suspension
  • Terrain Response 2 Auto
  • Automatic access height

  • Apple car play
  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth mobile phone connection
  • Voice control system

  • Lane departure warning system
  • Rear camera wash
  • Electric power assisted steering (EPAS)

  • Powered gesture tailgate/boot lid
  • Push button starter

  • Service interval indicator
  • Trip computer
  • Navigation pro system with 10" touch screen, app interface and media storage
  • Interactive Driver display instrument cluster
  • Dynamic route guidance
  • Rotary shifter
  • Touch pro duo system

  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Power fold, auto-dimming, heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights

  • Digital Audio Broadcast radio-DAB
  • Digital TV
  • Meridian 825W surround sound system
  • USB socket
  • InControl app

  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Side repeater indicators in mirror
  • Sliding Panoramic roof includes gesture sunblind and auto sunblind
  • Integrated twin tailpipes
  • Illuminated metal tread plates with brand name script
  • Front and rear recovery eyes
  • No badges
  • P400e badge

  • Headlamp power wash
  • Rear fog lights
  • Centre high mounted stop light
  • Automatic self levelling headlights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • LED tail lights
  • LED rear lamps
  • Follow me home headlights

  • Front and rear cupholders
  • Perforated Windsor leather upholstery
  • Black gearshift paddles
  • Suede cloth headlining
  • Soft close doors
  • Loadspace cover
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Through load facility
  • 12V power point in luggage area
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 12V power sockets
  • Centre console with storage and armrest
  • Driver and passenger front seat armrests
  • Front and rear grab handles
  • Easy boot loading
  • Luggage tie down in loadspace
  • Electrically adjustable steering column
  • Bright metal pedals
  • Customer configurable single point entry

  • Loadspace light
  • Configurable Ambient interior lighting
  • Luggage compartment lighting

  • Black exterior pack - Range Rover

  • Customer configurable autolock
  • Front airbags with passenger seat occupant detector
  • Emergency braking
  • Power operated child locks
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Curtain airbags
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Auto lock system when vehicle in motion
  • Driver/front passenger head+thorax airbag
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Front side airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts

  • Front headrests
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Folding rear seats
  • Rear ISOFIX

  • Intrusion sensor and alarm
  • Keyless entry
  • Remote central locking
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Immobiliser

  • Trailer stability assist
  • Electrical towing preparation

  • All Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • 8 speed automatic transmission
  • Twin speed transfer box

  • Twin blade sunvisors with Illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 21" 9 Spoke gloss black finish alloy wheels - Style 9001

  • Tyre repair system

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 450
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 7
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 165
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 7
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 13.1
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 39
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min: 41
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max: 39
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 25
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 24
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 25

  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 83

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • CC: 1997
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 3.3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 3.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min: 85.1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max: 75.7

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Westminster Black
  • Coin Description: P400e
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Special Edition: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: 81757
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 21000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 400
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Power - KW: 297
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 472
  • Engine Torque - NM: 640
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 404
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.8
  • Top Speed: 137
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 65.3

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 21" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: 9 SPOKE - STYLE 9001
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Length: 5000
  • Width: 2073
  • Wheelbase: 2922
  • Width (including mirrors): 2220
  • Height: 1869
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 802
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 708
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2502
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3210
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 90
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1843
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.3

  • Solar attenuating windscreen: £220

  • Grey anodised brake calipers with Land Rover script: Included
  • Black brake calipers: £305

  • Personal customer handover experience: £1,295

  • Blind spot assist: £0
  • Blind spot monitoring: £0
  • Wade Sensing: £275
  • Park Assist - Parallel Park/Parking Exit/Perpendicular park: £0
  • Lane keep assist: £0
  • Rear view camera: Included
  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included
  • Adaptive cruise control: £1,620
  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter: £0
  • Adaptive cruise control with steering assist: £0
  • Front and rear parking aid: Included
  • Rear traffic monitor: £0
  • 360 degree surround camera: £755
  • 360 degree parking aid: £0

  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener): £220

  • Head up Display: £1,080
  • Clear exit monitor: £0
  • Driver condition monitor: £0

  • Satin straight walnut veneer: £760
  • Kalahari veneer trim: £385
  • Shadow walnut veneer: £385
  • Grand black veneer: Included

  • Home charging cable: £300
  • Public charging cable: Included

  • No CD/DVD player: Included
  • No Rear seat entertainment: Included
  • 10" Rear seat entertainment system: £2,700
  • CD/DVD player: £0

  • Solid paint: £0
  • Body coloured roof: Included
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Premium metallic paint: £865
  • Contrast Roof - Narvik Black: £950
  • SVO special effect gloss finish paint: £6,240
  • SVO special effect satin finish paint: £8,790
  • SVO ultra metallic gloss finish paint: £4,590
  • SVO ultra metallic satin finish paint: £7,140

  • Pixel laser LED headlights with signature DRL: £1,670
  • Pixel LED headlights with signature DRL: £625
  • Matrix LED headlights with signature DRL: Included

  • Cabin pre-conditioning with remote control: £1,275
  • Four zone climate control: £980
  • Cabin air ionisation with PM2.5 filter: £205
  • Three zone climate control: Included

  • Front centre console cooler compartment: Included
  • Domestic plug socket: £105
  • Front centre console refrigerator compartment: £245
  • Leather steering wheel: Included
  • Wood leather steering wheel: £505

  • No smoker package: Included
  • Entertainment pack - Range Rover Vogue/Vogue SE/Autobiography: £2,805
  • Drive pack - Range Rover: £520
  • Drive pack pro - Range Rover: £2,190
  • Hot climate pack - Range Rover: £1,210
  • Park pack - Range Rover: £480
  • Park pro pack - Range Rover: £1,420
  • First and second row smoker's pack - Range Rover: £75
  • Driver assist pack - Range Rover Vogue: £4,160

  • Metallic - Byron Blue: £0
  • Metallic - Portofino blue: £0
  • Metallic - Santorini black: £0
  • Metallic - Eiger grey: £0

  • Solid - Fuji white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Carpathian grey: £865
  • Premium metallic - Silicon silver: £865
  • SVO special effect gloss - Spectral Blue: £6,240
  • SVO special effect gloss - Spectral British Racing Green: £6,240
  • SVO seffect gloss - Spectral Racing Red: £6,240
  • SVO ultra metallic satin - Borealis Black: £7,140
  • SVO ultra metallic satin - Ligurian Black: £7,140
  • SVO ultra metallic satin - Mescalito Black: £7,140
  • SVO ultra metallic satin - Bosphorous Grey: £7,140
  • SVO ultra metallic satin - Windward Grey: £7,140
  • SVO ultra metallic satin - Balmoral Blue: £7,140
  • SVO ultra metallic satin - Verbier Silver: £7,140
  • SVO ultra metallic satin - British Racing Green: £7,140
  • SVO ultra metallic satin - Scafell Grey: £7,140
  • SVO ultra metallic satin - Rio Gold: £7,140
  • SVO ultra metallic satin - Madagascar Orange: £7,140
  • SVO ultra metallic satin - Flux: £7,140
  • SVO ultra metallic satin - Desire: £7,140
  • SVO ultra metallic satin - Velocity: £7,140
  • SVO ultra metallic satin - Ethereal: £7,140
  • SVO ultra metallic gloss - Borealis Black: £4,590
  • SVO ultra metallic gloss - Ligurian Black: £4,590
  • SVO ultra metallic gloss - Mescalito Black: £4,590
  • SVO ultra metallic gloss - Bosphorous Grey: £4,590
  • SVO ultra metallic gloss - Windward Grey: £4,590
  • SVO ultra metallic gloss - Balmoral Blue: £4,590
  • SVO ultra metallic gloss - Verbier Silver: £4,590
  • SVO ultra metallic gloss - British Racing Green: £4,590
  • SVO ultra metallic gloss - Scafell Grey: £4,590
  • SVO ultra metallic gloss - Rio Gold: £4,590
  • SVO ultra metallic gloss - Madagascar Orange: £4,590
  • SVO ultra metallic gloss - Flux: £4,590
  • SVO ultra metallic gloss - Desire: £4,590
  • SVO ultra metallic gloss - Velocity: £4,590
  • SVO ultra metallic gloss - Ethereal: £4,590
  • SVO special effect gloss - Valloire White: £6,240
  • SVO special effect gloss - Meribel White: £6,240
  • SVO special effect satin - Valloire White: £8,790
  • SVO special effect satin - Meribel White: £8,790
  • SVO special effect satin - Spectral Racing Red: £8,790
  • SVO special effect satin - Spectral Blue: £8,790
  • SVO special effect satin - Spectral British Racing Green: £8,790

  • First aid kit: £40
  • High speed emergency braking: £0

  • 20 way heated and cooled front seats with power recline heat and cooled rear seats: £1,040
  • 20 way heated and cooled front seats with power recline heated rear seats: £520
  • 20 way heated front seats with power recline heated rear seats: Included
  • 22 way heated and cooled massage front seats with power recline heated and cooled rear seats: £2,330

  • Activity key: £315

  • Advanced tow assist: £185

  • Active rear locking differential: £500

  • Perforated Windsor Leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colourway, Ivory headlining: £0
  • Perforated Windsor Leather - Almond, Espresso/Almond colour way, Ivory headlining: £0
  • Perforated Windsor Leather - Espresso, Espresso/Almond colour way, Ivory headlining: £0
  • Perforated Windsor Leather - Ivory, Espresso/Ivory colour way, Ivory headlining: £0
  • Perforated Windsor Leather - Espresso, Espresso/Ivory colour way, Ivory headlining: £0
  • Perforated Windsor Leather - Ivory, Ebony/Ivory colour way, Ivory headlining: £0
  • Perforated Windsor Leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ivory colourway, Ivory headlining: £0
  • Perforated Windsor Leather - Ivory, Navy/Ivory colourway, Ivory headlining: £0
  • Perforated Windsor Leather - Navy, Navy/Ivory colourway, Ivory headlining: £0
  • Perforated Windsor Leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colourway, Cirrus headlining: £0
  • Perforated Windsor Leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colourway, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Perforated Windsor Leather - Ivory, Ebony/Ivory colour way, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Perforated Windsor Leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ivory colourway, Ebony headlining: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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