Range Rover Evoque P300e plug-in hybrid: prices, spec and on-sale date
Land Rover has introduced a plug-in hybrid version of the Range Rover Evoque alongside a similarly electrified Discovery Sport variant. Both wear the P300e badge and share the same 308bhp petrol-electric drivetrain.
Prices start at £43,850, with the P300e available in S, SE and HSE specification, in either standard or R-Dynamic guise. As one of the smallest premium SUVs with plug-in hybrid power, the Evoque P300e will go up against the likes of the MINI Countryman PHEV, Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 and the forthcoming BMW X2 xDrive25e.
The Range Rover Evoque is smaller and lighter than its Discovery Sport sibling and so makes better use of the drivetrain: it’s marginally more efficient and has a slight performance advantage. Land Rover quotes fuel economy of up to 201.8mpg (versus the Discovery Sport’s 175.5mpg) and CO2 emissions of 32g/km – slightly better than its sibling’s 36g/km.
The Evoque P300e uses a brand-new 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine paired with a 15kWh battery mounted under the rear seats. The internal-combustion engine acts on the front wheels, with an electric motor driving the rear axle. That combination means Land Rover’s trademark four-wheel drive remains, albeit not in the usual manner. The car decouples the rear motor at speeds of over 84mph to improve efficiency, or can run entirely on electric power from the rear axle for up to 41 miles. A new eight-speed automatic transmission handles power from the engine.
Three driving modes will allow the Evoque to be set up for the situation at hand, like most other plug-in models. Hybrid mode is the car’s default setting and automatically selects the power source depending on road conditions, battery charge levels and data from the car’s sat nav. Electric running is facilitated by EV mode, while Save mode instructs the system to keep battery charge in reserve should it be needed at the end of a longer journey.
The battery, Land Rover claims, can be charged from 0–80% in one hour and 24 minutes from a 7kW wallbox or in 30 minutes from a 32kW supply where available. You’ll need to plug in overnight to get a full charge using the included Type 2 three-pin cable, which takes six hours and 42 minutes.