The Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE P400e 2019 is a big hybrid SUV plug-in. A battery drives its 5500 pounds for about 25 miles before switching to a four-cylinder turbo engine, at which point the battery still provides a reserve of electrical energy in acceleration.
The HSE costs a ton, the driver's seat is not suitable for small people and a full charge takes 14 hours or more if you use a 120-volt power. But how many competing vehicles can seriously drive off-road, forcing nearly two meters of water while the occupants are sitting on massage chairs in bold leather … and Does the P400e give you access to high-occupancy vehicle lanes because it's a plug-in?
The plug-in on the road
My P400e test car, in red Firenze with a contrasting black roof, was very fast. In testing, all of my 5,450 pounds were motivated to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. On highways, the air suspension gave the P400e a comfortable ride. Four-wheel drive is standard, with a Terrain Response system and multiple off-road modes. Off-road (dirt, small rocks, no rocks), the air springs can lift the car's frame 10.9 inches above the ground. Most passenger cars and SUVs are between 6 and 8 inches. Adding nearly $ 13,000 in parcels, options and freight, the P400e at $ 79,000 was tested at $ 93,200. You will receive an estimated federal tax credit of $ 7,100.
Push hard on the throttle and the noise of the cabin increases a bit, but it was not hard. The NiMH battery located under the rear cargo floor still retains sufficient capacity to serve as a second turbocharger. And as long as the battery is powered, you can press the EV button to switch to battery-only mode, but the car will return to the combustion / hybrid mode if you want more power or save money for later.
The figures from the EPA have not yet been released. In a full day of driving in the city or suburb or during daily commutes, for example, travel 50 km (40 km). On a pair of 250 miles leading to a full charge, I arrived in my mid-twenties, and even at the end, the electric motor still managed to pass. My best effort while driving with an electric vehicle was 28 miles. Some problems: there was a night load not exceeding a distance of 15 miles, and another where I stopped during a power outage of a utility company because that was a problem. is a proposal that causes the home generator to lose money burning natural gas to charge a battery at a higher cost than burning gasoline in the engine. (Generating a kilowatt hour of electricity at home costs about 40 cents, the local electricity company sells it at 13 cents.)
Excellent driver checks
I was impressed by the driving controls of the adaptive wide-range cruise control system. The buttons are big, readable, and the most important – Resume – is the largest and easiest to find after accidentally pressing the brake and want to resume the autopilot. The dual 10-inch Touch Pro Duo displays in the center stack also work well. There is a learning curve at the end of which some aspects are great: press the rubber board button on the HVAC group to adjust the temperature of the cockpit; press it again to adjust the seat cooling (counter-clockwise) and heating (clockwise). The Meridian audio with an 825-watt amp sounded excellent. Wi-Fi is integrated with telematics.
Possible Disadvantages in the Cabin: Fireside Drivers under 5 years of age, the majority of women, will want to sit in the driver's seat in the showroom to ensure that the seat cushion is not too long . While the first two rows are spacious, the load capacity is correct: 24.8 cubic feet or 56.8 cubic feet with the second row down, 2.7 cubic feet less than the other models because the battery raise the load floor by 1.8 inches.
Technology for a price
My test car had a lot of technology. Part of it is included (the HSE in the standard naming for high specification equipment), such as air suspension. Even for a premium car, driver aids were expensive. Driver assistance, worth 4,000 USD, revolves around a warning system / assistance centering the queue, a system adaptive cruise control, and a warning / braking system in the event of a collision before, which, in the Hondas and Toyota models, are included in the base price. The support package also includes assistance for blind spots (detection is standard), parking assist cameras and panoramic view cameras. Each part worked well. With ACC and track centering enabled, you can let the car drive itself – level 2 automation – with the head lightly on the steering wheel and eyes still facing the road.
My car also had a Vision Assist pack priced at $ 1,385 combining aesthetics (ambient interior lighting), simple technology (high beam) and technology (head-up display). There was also a comfort climate pack of $ 1,635 with a heated steering wheel (for eighty basic price, it should perhaps be included, and sorry for South Florida buyers), a refrigerator in the console Central (now very convenient), a panoramic roof and four-zone HVAC. Nine stand-alone options added $ 5,885, including cooled / heated front / rear seats; quality paint on the body; a separate black finish on the roof ($ 665); and the most reasonable option at $ 135, a 120-volt AC outlet, another should-be-standard.
But if you love the AC adapter, for example, you will not need a luxury car. (That you have the unreasonable notion that every big premium SUV has access to AC power.) You should know that the sales representative will find ten thousand dollars in need. That's how the game is played and, anyway, a premium car dealership serves a nicer Keurig mug. At least Land Rover does not pay you $ 80 a year to rent Apple CarPlay like BMW. It also has Android Auto, as well as USB jacks and a satellite radio.
JLR expands its range
Jaguar-Land Rover strives to strengthen its technological and environmental presence at a time when the imperatives of energy efficiency and air purification are increasingly important around the world. , roughly in the United States. No surprises: the 5,000-pound SUVs do not get 40 mpg, not even 30, without help. The rest of the world is attacking fuel consumption by limiting CO2 emissions, thus contributing to climate change, which is generated in proportion to the amount of gasoline or diesel you burn.
So, the HSE P400e plug-in hybrid Land Rover Range Rover Sport – yes, it's a long name, 39 characters in total. The PHEV (Rechargeable Hybrid Electric Vehicle) gives the company six variants of the Range Rover Sport from 254 hp to 567 hp: two V6 turbo-gasoline engines, two supercharged V8 engines, a turbo-diesel V6, and now the plug-in 398 c. in a hybrid electric vehicle. Land Rover remains one of the last suppliers of diesel vehicles in the United States (about 30 mpg on the highway, more than 650 km).
Which Land Rover is which?
Everyone knows that Land Rover is synonymous with vehicles that cross rocks and streams and are comfortable at polo matches. But why are there six models called Range Rover? Here is an observation guide. First, "Land Rover" is the umbrella brand, the Jaguar-Land Rover USA SUV brand. Range Rover is the prefix term for most models, Land Rover for others.
The vehicle tested here is the PHEV version of the Range Rover Sport, a mid-size SUV measuring 192 inches long; it weighs 4,755 to 5,430 pounds, with the heaviest PHEV of 285 to 695 pounds. The Range Rover Sport is 5 inches shorter than the Range Rover (197 inches) and 13 inches shorter than the Range Rover Long Wheelbase (205 inches). The Range Rover is the pinnacle of luxury and size Land Rover and costs from $ 92,000 to $ 210,000 (for the Range Rover SV Autobiography).
The Land Rover Discovery Sport (181-inch) and Discovery (196-inch, available with two or three rows of seats) models start at about $ 40,000 for Sport with a four-turbo.
The Range Rover Evoque is a compact SUV 172 inches long. it's the stylized with small windows. It will have a city car for young city-dwellers, although it has four-wheel drive. It's long in the tooth, but the second generation (photo) is coming soon as a 2020 model.
The Range Rover Velar is a compact-almost-medium at 189 inches. Velar was released in 2018 and the look says Baby Range Rover. That's two lines / five passengers only, the base engine is a turbo-four, and prices start around $ 50,000.
The return in 2020 of Land Rover Defender models: Defender 90 (170 inches, size similar to Jeep Wrangler by reference), Defender 110 (187 inches) and Defender 130 (201 inches). As for the role of Defender, think serious Off the beaten track, think "Out of Africa" (no matter if the book was published in 1937, three decades before the first Range Rover), think about Ralph Lauren's photography sessions. To be more appropriate in the 21st century, the Range Rover image is training the Red Cross in areas devastated by disasters. In fact, the Red Cross helped LR test the Defender in the United Arab Emirates, a good link between the two.
Should you buy the P400e?
The Range Rover Sport HSE P400e 2019 is currently not very available in the United States, as the demand is so strong elsewhere, with the modest US allocation reserved for media testers, promotions, etc. Availability is improving with the upcoming arrival of the similar 2020 model. Stay a month or two.
When you pay at least $ 80,000, choosing a high-quality vehicle depends as much on your perception of the vehicle's aura as it looks on your driveway, as well as on and off the road. . There is little doubt that the Range Rover Sport is desirable, especially if you get off the road or shoot more than 5,000 pounds. This is the premium off-road benchmark. In some ways, the rarer the vehicle, the more desirable it is. The entire Land Rover line will sell approximately 100,000 vehicles this year in the United States. A comparative handle will be the P400e. As with any Range Rover, the cockpit furnishings are first class. Nobody cut corners.
You can hope that a vehicle worth a hundred thousand dollars will be solid in terms of reliability. This is not the fort of Land Rover. On the safety study of motorized vehicles JD 2019 (VDSA three-year reliability measure, Land Rover ranks 30th out of 31, ahead of only Fiat. It's not a British thing, because Mini, for a long time near the bottom, is now sixth.
Another way to look at reliability: the low-profile 2019 vehicles are reliable compared to the average car of the previous generation. The average three-year-old car has 1.4 reported problems on the VDS while the Land Rovers have 2.2. Plus, if you can afford a Land Rover, it's probably not your only car, and the dealership will give you a loan on arrival when you get to work. But still: among the key competitors, Lexus, Porsche, BMW and Audi are in the top 10 and Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz are above average, while only Lincoln, Cadillac and Volvo are below average. (For the first time in the history of VDS, every German car has been rated above average and the Porsche 911, which is not a mere vehicle, is the most reliable, certified car more reliable than the Toyota Camry or Corolla, for example.)
You may not be able to travel 31 miles on the battery – this is based on the more generous European standards – but 25 is achievable and there is always a battery reserve to improve performance. What does it do when you push the gas. First and second row passengers will all be comfortable and will have ventilated seats. The other Range Rover Sports offer three rows, but not the P400e, and the third row fits snugly in an intermediate SUV.
The contest by the end of the year for large-format compact electrified vehicles includes the $ 80,000 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, the $ 70,000 Lincoln Aviator PHEV, the $ 54,000 and $ 67,000 Volvo XC60s. dollars, the price of 74,000 dollars of the Mercedes-Benz GLC350e and 74,000 dollars. Audi E-tron all electric. BMW will have X3, X5 and X7 plug-ins by 2020. Next, the best-selling EV SUV, the Tesla Model X. The purely electric Jaguar i-Pace model is our reigning Car of the year; It is a compact SUV, much more comfortable in second place than the P400e.
In the United States, some say that climate change is in doubt, but that's not to be doubted: when you drive a plug-in hybrid vehicle, you get a multi-occupant vehicle sticker for the expressway. This could be the reason for the switch to go with this Range Rover.