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RANGE ROVER EVOQUE P300E PLUG-IN HYBRID REVIEW

The Range Rover Evoque P300e Plug-in Hybrid offers style, refinement, a comfortable ride and an electric driving range of up to 34 miles.

  • Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV
  • Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV
  • Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV
  • Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV
  • Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV
  • Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV
  • Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV
  • Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV
  • Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV
  • Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV
  • Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV
Green Car Guide Rating: 8/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:    Range Rover Evoque P300e HSE R-Dynamic
  • Fuel:    Petrol-electric plug-in hybrid
  • Fuel economy combined (WLTP):    141 mpg

Summary

  • Stylish Range Rover Evoque design, and up to 34 miles of electric driving capability
  • Very refined…
  • … Despite 3-cylinder, 1.5-litre petrol engine
  • Rear-wheel drive only when in electric mode

BACKGROUND

As soon as the Range Rover Evoque was unveiled, with its concept car looks, we knew it was going to be a sales hit – and it was. However most Evoque models were diesels, and diesel is now out of favour; there’s no all-electric Evoque at the moment, the closest is the P300e Plug-in Hybrid – does this powertrain suit the Evoque?

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DESIGN & ENGINEERING

The Range Rover Evoque has been updated since it first appeared, but it still looks very similar to the original – why would you change it when the original styling was such a success? The (optional) 20-inch alloy wheels on our test car help the Evoque to maintain its ‘Tonka Toy’ SUV looks. The interior – which feels very ‘premium’ – has also benefited from improvements, including an updated infotainment system, and a ‘digital’ ClearSight interior rear view mirror on our test car. There’s also more space inside – however the boot still isn’t huge at 472 litres, and rear legroom could also be more generous. There’s a compartment under the boot floor for charging cables which is really useful.

The Range Rover Evoque P300e has a 200hp 3-cylinder, 1.5-litre petrol engine combined with a new 8-speed automatic transmission, and a 109hp (80kW) electric motor on the rear axle powered by a 15kWh lithium-ion battery. The battery that powers the Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD) is located under the rear seats.

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RANGE ROVER EVOQUE P300E DRIVING EXPERIENCE

Let’s deal with the elephant in the room first. This is a Range Rover with a 3-cylinder, 1.5-litre engine. That doesn’t sound right for a Range Rover. With that engine, surely it doesn’t feel like a Range Rover to drive? Well, actually, and amazingly, the Range Rover Evoque P300e feels very refined and quiet to drive. This is the case when in EV mode of course, but also when using the petrol engine.

The overall driving experience is more ‘comfort’ than ‘sporty’, with excellent ride quality, and slightly over-assisted steering. Weighing in at over two tonnes this is a heavy car so the handling can’t be described as agile.

The 8-speed automatic transmission works well but is again tuned for comfort rather than sport. You can change gear using the steering wheel-mounted paddles.

One thing to be aware of is that when in EV mode only the rear wheels are driven – there’s no all-wheel drive capability. This means that if setting off on a surface of loose gravel you’re likely to experience wheelspin – which is very un-Range Rover-like.

You can of course select all-wheel drive but you’ll have to use the petrol engine (and if you want more power than the electric motor can deliver then, again, you’ll have to use the petrol engine). In order to translate the capability of the 4×4 system to the rough stuff, the Evoque is fitted with Pirelli Scorpion Verde all-season tyres – something that all 4x4s should have.

You can select D or S using the gear selector and there are a range of drive modes, selected via the vehicle button at the bottom of the touchscreen. There’s Eco, Comfort and Dynamic, and a range of Terrain Response off-road modes (Auto Terrain Response, Grass Gravel Snow, Mud Ruts, and Sand). You can also choose Hybrid, EV or Save for the hybrid system.

The interior feels upmarket, with a main central touchscreen, and a second screen below for functions such as heating and ventilation. If you want to change the fan speed for the ventilation then there’s a very small button on the lower screen that you need to press and then twist a dial; it would be better if this button was larger and more obvious.

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RANGE ROVER EVOQUE P300E ECONOMY AND EMISSIONS

The official WLTP combined fuel economy for the Range Rover Evoque P300e plug-in hybrid is 141mpg, with 44g/km CO2 emissions, and an electric range of up to 34 miles.

After a week of mixed driving we averaged between 30-34 miles of electric range when fully charged, 343 miles from both the petrol and electric powertrains, and 48.0mpg.

Although the 3-cylinder, 1.5-litre petrol engine works from a useability point of view, rivals such as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Toyota RAV4 PHEV have larger 2.4 or 2.5-litre petrol engines, and these actually deliver better economy at motorway speeds.

The Range Rover Evoque P300e can be recharged from 0-80 per cent from a 7kW AC domestic wall box in 1 hour 24 minutes. A full charge from a domestic plug socket takes 6 hours 42 minutes. It can also be rapid charged from 0-80 per cent in 30 minutes using a 32KW DC public charger.

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PRICE AND MODEL RANGE

The Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV is available from £52,480 (which is more expensive than the Land Rover Discovery Sport P300e PHEV which starts at £45,370). Our test car had a number of options fitted including Nolita Grey Metallic Paint (£705), Natural Grey Ash Veneer (£195), 20-inch alloys (£340), Privacy Glass (£420), 14-way heated electric front seats and heated rear seats (£330), home charging cable (£300) and Cabin Air Purification system with PM2.5 filter (£335), taking the price as tested to £55,105.

The Range Rover Evoque is available in Evoque, Evoque S, R-Dynamic, R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE, R-Dynamic HSE, HST and Autobiography specifications and has a 13 percent Benefit in Kind rate in 2021/22.

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Conclusion

The Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV feels very refined, comfortable and upmarket. It therefore feels like a Range Rover. This is despite only having a 3-cylinder, 1.5-litre petrol engine. However this relatively small engine in such a heavy car does mean that the fuel economy at motorway speeds on the petrol engine isn’t great. And another issue is that you can’t glide around silently on electric power and also have the traction of all-wheel drive.

Our standard advice for plug-in hybrid buyers remains: PHEVs are designed for people who will primarily drive the car on electric power, ie. journeys of around 30 miles or less between charges – with occasional longer journeys. If you drive a two-tonne PHEV SUV up and down the nation’s motorways without charging it, you’re likely to be very disappointed with the fuel economy, and the emissions will be nowhere near the official figure.

The Range Rover Evoque P300e PHEV gains a Green Car Guide rating of 8 out of 10.

Car facts and figures RANGE ROVER EVOQUE P300E PLUG-IN HYBRID REVIEW

  • Test economy: 46.5 mpg
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 44 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):    £0 first year
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2021/22): 13%
  • Price:    From £52,480
  • Insurance group:    TBC
  • Power:    309 PS
  • Torque:    540 Nm
  • Max speed:    132 mph
  • 0-62 mph:    6.1 seconds
  • Weight:    2157 kg
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor