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Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023 Review

The Range Rover P440e plug-in hybrid is surely the world’s most all-round capable vehicle, delivering cosseting luxury on-road, go anywhere ability off-road, and up to 69 miles of electric driving range.

  • Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023
  • Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023
  • Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023
  • Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023
  • Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023
  • Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023
  • Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023
  • Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023
  • Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023
  • Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023
  • Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023
  • Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023
  • Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023
  • Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023
  • Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023
  • Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023
Green Car Guide Rating: 9/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:  Range Rover P440e 3.0-litre 6-cylinder 440hp Turbocharged Petrol PHEV
  • Fuel:  Petrol-electric plug-in hybrid
  • Fuel economy combined (WLTP):  323.3 mpg
  • Electric range (WLTP):  69 miles

Summary

  • Luxurious on-road
  • Amazing capability off-road
  • Up to 69 miles of electric driving range
  • Size means lots of space, but not ideal for urban areas

Background

Land Rover has a history of iconic and very capable vehicles ranging from the 1969 Series 2 pictured below to the latest Defender. But it’s the Range Rover that manages to combine luxury with impressive ability off-road, and now it also adds up to 69 miles of all-electric range to its long list of features.

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Design & Engineering

The Range Rover P440e PHEV has a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder 440hp turbocharged petrol engine along with a 38.2kWh battery and a 141hp electric motor, with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

One of the biggest visual exterior changes for this new model is the appearance of the new thin, vertical rear lights. Along with the split rear tailgate that still opens at the bottom to create a seat, this helps to set it apart from the Range Rover Sport, which has horizontal rear lights and a one-piece opening tailgate. Both cars have ‘flush deployable door handles’ that enhance the sleekness of their appearance.

So what are the differences in size between the two cars? The Range Rover is 5,052mm long and 1,870mm high, compared to 4,946mm long and 1,820mm high for the Range Rover Sport. In other words there’s not much difference between the two. There’s a bit more variance in terms of boot space: 818 litres for the Range Rover versus 647 litres for the Range Rover Sport.

Although you can have a Range Rover with seven seats, the PHEV model only has five seats. As well as having their own cabin temperature and heated seat controls, the rear seat occupants also get their own touchscreen in the central armrest to control the seat positions, massage functions, window blinds and lighting.

Up front, the cabin is similar to the Range Rover Sport; it feels very upmarket.

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Range Rover P440e PHEV Driving Experience

The Range Rover P440e PHEV has a small ‘EV’ button in the centre console which gives you the options of Hybrid, EV and Save. If you select EV mode it does a very good job of imitating an all-electric Range Rover, providing zero emissions and virtual silence for up to 69 miles. Thanks to the 141hp electric motor, performance on electric power is good.

If you need to undertake a longer journey, there’s the ‘back-up’ of the 3.0-litre 6-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. This is twice the size of the 1.5-litre 3-cylinder engine in the Range Rover Evoque PHEV. The 3.0-litre unit in the Range Rover is very refined and with 440hp, performance is good. You can select Save for long motorway trips to preserve the battery charge, or select Hybrid for mixed driving, when the car appears to do a good job of choosing between electric and petrol power (ie. it runs on electric at standstill, unlike some PHEVs). The rev counter is the main way for the driver to see if the car is running on electric or on the petrol engine.

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The Range Rover is an incredibly quiet and comfortable way to travel long distances on motorways – no doubt helped by its Active Noise Cancellation. Perhaps what’s more surprising is how the car’s technology keeps the 2,770kg weight in check when driving on B-roads. Adaptive Dynamics is the secret here, monitoring body and steering movements up to 500 times a second and reacting by offering continuously variable damper settings. The result is excellent ride quality and very impressive body control.

There are steering wheel-mounted paddles which allow to you to change gear, but these don’t give you any control over the level of brake regeneration. For fast B-roads you can select ‘S’ using the gear selector, along with Dynamic on the Terrain Response 2 dial, to give the most responsive driving experience.

The Terrain Response 2 system also offers a wide range of options if you need to venture off-road; as well as Dynamic, Eco and Comfort, there’s Grass Gravel Snow, Mud Ruts, Sand, Rock Crawl and Wade. By selecting the vehicle symbol on the touchscreen you can raise the air suspension from 209mm to give 284mm of ground clearance. There’s even a low range option, and the Range Rover can wade in up to 900mm of water. And it has all-wheel steering, which helps to make the very large vehicle more manoeuvrable.

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The result of all this is that the Range Rover is incredibly capable off-road, although the standard fitment tyres on the 22-inch wheels are all-season but not off-road tyres, so you do have to be careful when negotiating rocks (the excellent high definition cameras around the car help with this). And you can even drive off-road in zero-tailpipe emission EV mode – when the Range Rover can still tackle most off-road challenges – in virtual silence.

The Pivi Pro infotainment system, with its large 13.1-inch touchscreen, is fine to use, with most controls being easy to operate, which is unusual – and very welcome – compared to many new cars. And even better, there were no annoying interventions from safety systems such as lane departure warning, which is more unusual, and even the heating and ventilations system worked perfectly well.

The Range Rover also has a Head-up Display and a ClearSight interior rear-view mirror, and if you want lots more controls, these are accessible via a secondary screen, including items such as seat massaging, cameras and driving efficiency data.

The Range Rover P440e PHEV can tow up to 2,500 kg.

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Range Rover P440e PHEV Economy and Emissions

The Range Rover P440e PHEV has an electric driving range of 69 miles, WLTP fuel consumption of up to 323.3mpg, and WLTP CO2 emissions from 20g/km.

The average real-world electric range during a week in January with snow on the ground was 54 miles. The total petrol and electric range was displayed as 423 miles.

On a 200-mile journey, during which the battery was fully used, the average fuel economy was 39.3mpg. Over a week of mixed driving, the average fuel economy was 45.6mpg.

The Range Rover should take around five hours to fully charge using a 7kW AC home charger.

One feature that would be useful is a light in the charging socket.

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Price and Model Range

The Range Rover P440e PHEV costs £127,610. Options included a front centre console refrigerator compartment (£480), privacy glass (£475), a domestic plug socket located at the rear of the front centre console for row two passengers (£120), Secure Tracker Pro (36-month subscription) (£340), resulting in a total price of £129,080. The colour of our test car was Belgravia Green.

The Range Rover plug-in hybrid is available as a P440e or a P510e variant. Other trim levels include SE, available from £99,375, and HSE from £105,675. There’s also a seven‑seat long wheelbase option.

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Conclusion

The Range Rover P440e PHEV is a highly impressive feat of engineering. It’s a luxury saloon on long journeys, yet it also has the ability to tackle mountains if needed, and it can drive up to 69 miles on electric power. The driving experience is excellent, and all car controls seem to work well, with no frustrating touchscreen user experiences, and no annoying interventions from safety systems, which is very rare in today’s cars. It shows the huge progress made since, for example, the Series 2 Land Rover, and how off-road adventures have become so much more comfortable.

However we also need to acknowledge that the Range Rover is big, heavy, not particularly aerodynamic, and it has a petrol engine, so it’s not the most efficient car choice. And it’s not the most affordable car, but those who can afford it should be pleased with the Range Rover P440e PHEV – we just hope that it’s not used on the school run, but that the 4×4 capability is used, because if it’s not, there’s not really much point in buying a car with so much off-road engineering and technology.

The Range Rover P440e PHEV scores a Green Car Guide rating of 9/10.

Car facts and figures Range Rover P440e PHEV 2023 Review

  • Test economy: 45.6 mpg
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 20 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):  £0 (first year)
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2022/23): 5%
  • Price:  £127,610
  • Insurance group:  50
  • Power:  440 hp (Engine)
  • Torque:  620 Nm (Engine)
  • Max speed:  140 mph
  • 0-62 mph:  6.0 seconds
  • Weight:  2,770 kg
  • Towing capacity: 2,500 kg
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor