Speedmonkey Range Rover Hybrid First Drive Review

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Matt Hubbard reviews the Range Rover Hybrid has both a 3 litre diesel and electric motor.

The new Range Hybrid was revealed earlier year and will be in Land dealers in 2014.

Being a it has two motors. In this case are a 3 litre SDV6 and a 35kW motor. Together they 335bhp and 516 lb ft of torque.

The electric and inverter sit in the engine bay — the Rover was designed with a system in mind — and the battery is located in the floor of the all chassis. The entire hybrid weighs 120kg.

So far so good. The only difference you in the cabin is an EV button next to the settings and some extra in the electronic rev counter.

On the road the car has of oomph. It does 0-60mph in 6.9 and has a top speed of 135mph. The standard Rover is a quiet car, and so is the

The vast amount of torque is all through the rev range and gears. It pulls well, and feels like an TDV8 than — which it should the outputs of the hybrid system are to the TDV8.

You don’t feel the weight in corners — because of the battery’s low centre of The Range Rover rolls than the Sport through but the Hybrid is no more of a roly than its diesel brethren.

The hybrid system is integrated the drivetrain so well that you not know it was a hybrid. In most or electric cars, the system when not using the throttle. means that if you back off the it feels as though the brakes are applied.

This doesn’t in the Range Rover — actually it does but you don’t it happening.

The electric motor in tandem with the diesel to its combined 335bhp. If you don’t the EV button the diesel engine is on, unless you come to a complete The battery is charged during and braking, and that energy is whilst the accelerator is pressed so powerplants are in use.

But if you do press the EV button you can drive at up to for 1 mile on the electric motor

In reality I found that the engine kicked in at 20mph, or hard acceleration. It’s an odd sensation — moving silently in a Range Rover. But also quite pleasant and satisfying.

I recorded a video of me to keep it in EV mode alone.

The Range Rover Hybrid 98,000, which is 11k more a TDV6 Autobiography and 3.5k than a TDV8 Autobiography.

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The is more economical than the and performs almost as well as the which does 0-60mph in 6.5 — 0.4 seconds faster the hybrid.

Its USP is the fact it combines the frugality and the TDV8’s performance but it does cost more both. The combined fuel and tax will repay some of but, to be honest, when is paying nearly 100k for a car not really going to quibble the odd thousand here or there.

In Land Rover will to sell a lot more TDV6s and than hybrids, but its a worthwhile to the model line up — not because as emissions regulations get more stringent then will become more and their prices will down.

The Range Rover Hybrid like any other Range costs more to buy but costs to run. For the moment it’s of an expensive novelty but one that’s up by some serious engineering. If you are at a top spec TDV8, or even a 5 supercharged petrol you should consider the Hybrid.

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Engine: 3.0 V6 plus 35kW electric

Transmission: 8-speed ZF automatic

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