Range Rover Hybrid first drive Review Autocar

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Range Rover Hybrid drive review

What is it?

is the new Range Rover Hybrid, is claimed to deliver similar of off-road capability and durability to models, but with a decently efficiency.

It’s hard not to be by the headline figures. It’s to average 44.1mpg and emit of CO2. That’s a 17 per cent in fuel consumption when to a Range Rover TDV6.

Rover’s new hybrid system the Range Rover’s familiar diesel and a 35kW electric which is integrated within the ZF automatic gearbox. This a powertrain with peak of 335bhp and 516lb ft of torque.

electric range is around one at speeds of up to 30mph, and there is a system that harvests energy when the car is coasting or

The hybrid system, including its ion battery, adds less 120kg to the kerb weight, is now claimed to be 2394kg. Fully and mounted within the existing it does not compromise the Range wading capacity or ground

No interior or spare tyre is given up, either, and the battery is rather than air-cooled to no noise can ruin the calm of the

What is it like?

With V6 and electric motor at full the Range Rover Hybrid can from 0-62mph in 6.9sec and on to a top of 135mph. Brisk enough – and it it, especially with the eight-speed ZF gearbox seamlessly shifting the gears.

In default hybrid the electric motor operates to power and torque as required. there are three selectable modes: EV, Auto Stop/Start Off and EV, as the name suggests, allows for a period of electric-only driving possible.

Although its range is it’s perhaps most for low speed or off-road work, the instant torque comes in

When it’s out of juice in drive mode, the diesel automatically – and seamlessly – fires up. In EV the Range Rover’s throttle is also softened in order to abrupt demands and save The ‘Auto Stop/Start Off’ forces the engine to run continuously, the battery as quickly as possible the need arise for more driving.

Sport mode, optimises all powertrain settings for throttle response and higher Land Rover says delivers SDV8-style performance.

the powertrain this is all Range in the best possible sense. On the it feels like the conventional V6, but it off the line with much conviction. Land Rover V8-like performance for the Hybrid, and not unjustified in saying so.

There’s of punch and it’s certainly of delivering on the claimed performance

The system hasn’t compromised the Rover’s refinement either. coasting, the V6 engine cuts to fuel, while restarts are all but The electric motor fills in in the V6’s torque output as smoothing the power delivery and consistency above that of the models.

Unlike some hybrids, there’s no perceptible in braking feel, despite the from hybrid to friction The Hybrid’s full electric steering system is the same as on the standard Range Rover. so the experience otherwise remains

Off-road the driving techniques and are near enough identical to the V6 or V8 with first-class traction, and climbing capabilities, and the hybrid’s parts can be immersed in water mishap – its wading depth is at 90cm, the same as the diesel.


One benefit of the addition of the electric however, is that it supplements the torque output at low speeds. this becomes particularly delivering a much more and precise feel – to the extent I wonder why most 4x4s simply have it as a driving

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The EV function doesn’t work the low-range mode or with the in maximum elevation, mind, but it can an additional 75lb ft at low speeds. makes delicate approaches to big very easy.

Despite the of the additional hybrid components, the increase is relatively minimal and any differences as a result are negligible at Most of the extra components are under the floor, on the right-hand

Inside, an electrically driven compressor ensures there’s no warming when the engine is and the advanced trim level that all the usual home are here.

In fact, just the only modification to the interior is a new TFT which shows the hybrid charge status and advises the on how to maximise efficiency. It can either a hybrid-focused power percentage and other hybrid information, or a conventional display that consists of a tachometer.

Should I buy one?

It’s to be sure about the Range Hybrid until we are told the price, which won’t until the Frankfurt motor Sources suggest, however, it’ll be broadly similar to the petrol Supercharged Range suggesting a price just of £100,000.

It’s absolutely no to opt for the hybrid over the more options, however. It’s feels faster and more Other than that, is as expected — and it retains the Range first-class off-road capabilities.

The difficulty would be in justifying the £30,000-odd price difference the base V6 model and the hybrid.

As a result, it won’t be for everyone. But for whose lifestyle and financial it does fit in to, it makes a very case for itself.

Range Hybrid

Price tbc; 6.9sec; Top speed 135mph; 44.1mpg; CO2 169g/km; Kerb 2394kg; Engine 2993cc, V6, diesel, plus electric Power 355bhp at 4000rpm; 516lb ft at 1500rpm

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