Range Rover Evoque PHEV review
The Range Rover Evoque P300e isn't the best value or most spacious premium plug-in hybrid SUV, but it's still an appealing choice that'll be cheap to run – especially for company-car drivers
- As luxurious as any Evoque
- Fast charging capability
- Low company-car tax
- Some rivals more practical
- Expensive for private buyers
- Heavier than petrol and diesel models
|Car type||Electric range||Fuel economy||CO2 emissions|
|Plug-in hybrid||34 miles||143mpg||44g/km|
Almost every Land Rover model is now available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, from the Defender to the Range Rover. The Evoque is the smallest offering from the British SUV manufacturer, but the P300e variant rivals the likes of the Audi Q5 TFSI e, BMW X3 xDrive30e, Mercedes GLC 300 e and Volvo XC40 Recharge in the extremely competitive premium plug-in hybrid SUV class.
Buyers in this class are looking for low Benefit-in-Kind company-car tax rates, but don’t want any compromises when it comes to the quality, luxury and technology you associate with SUVs like these.
The Evoque hybrid broadly hits the mark in all these respects; the plug-in hybrid powertrain does make it a little heavier than its mild-hybrid petrol and diesel siblings, but the basic 'mini Range Rover' driving experience is intact. Performance and running costs are both strong, so as long as you can live with the somewhat limited space and versatility inherent to all Evoques, you won't be disappointed with the plug-in hybrid.
The Evoque P300e’s claimed efficiency figures are impressive, with 34 miles of electric range, 44g/km of CO2 emitted and 143mpg average fuel economy. That last number in particular needs to be taken with a pinch of salt, but if you do mostly short journeys and can charge at home to keep the battery topped up, your fuel bills will be minuscule compared to a regular petrol or diesel car.
The Evoque range was recently slimmed down, and now the P300e plug-in hybrid powertrain is only available in higher-spec R-Dynamic S, R-Dynamic SE, R-Dynamic HSE and Autobiography trim models. That does mean prices for the Evoque PHEV start at £45,950, however, no matter which trim you opt for, the Evoque P300e only attracts an 11% BiK tax rate.
It's no better or worse than the standard Evoque for practicality, either, so boot and storage space is good (if not class-leading) and the rear seats are probably a little tight for regular use by adults, but fine for kids or younger teenagers on a long journey.
In summary, we like the plug-in Evoque a lot. Like many plug-in hybrids, it's off-puttingly expensive for private buyers, but it hits the right CO2 and electric-range numbers to make perfect sense for company-car users.
As long as you're not doing regular long-distance motorway runs (in which case, check out the mild-hybrid diesel version), the Range Rover Evoque P300e is an appealing, stylish and luxurious choice. For a more detailed look at the hybrid Evoque, read on for the rest of our in-depth review…
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe Range Rover Evoque P300e isn't the best value or most spacious premium plug-in hybrid SUV, but it's still an appealing choice that'll be cheap to run – especially for company-car drivers
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Range Rover Evoque P300e hybrid returns decent electric range and CO2 emissions, as well as impressive potential fuel economy
- 3Running costs & insuranceFuel and company-car tax bills will be low for the Range Rover Evoque P300e, but insurance and servicing will be similar to other Land Rover models
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Evoque P300e hybrid is no featherweight, but the electrified drivetrain hasn't spoiled its solid and comfortable driving experience
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe same comfort, luxury and technology found elsewhere in the Range Rover line-up are present in the P300e plug-in hybrid
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityOutright practicality has never been an Evoque trump card, but the P300e is no better or worse than other models in the range in this regard
- 7Reliability & safety ratingLand Rover's reliability record isn't the best, but the Evoque P300e hybrid gets all the latest active safety technology – on higher trims, at least