Range Rover Evoque PHEV review
|Car type||Electric range||Fuel economy||CO2 emissions|
|Plug-in hybrid||34 miles||141mpg||44g/km|
Premium SUVs like Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque are popular choices at the upper end of the company-car market, but the British brand took a little longer than some of its rivals to add a BiK-friendly plug-in hybrid variant to the range. The 'P300e' Evoque eventually arrived in tandem with plug-in versions of the closely related Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Velar.
It's a rival for the likes of the Audi Q5 TFSI e, BMW X3 xDrive30e, Mercedes GLC 300 de and Volvo XC40 Recharge in the increasingly competitive premium plug-in hybrid SUV class, where company-car tax costs are king, but buyers also want no compromise on the quality, luxury and technology that have come to be associated with SUVs like these.
The Evoque hybrid broadly hits that mark; the plug-in hybrid 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 hybrid.
Claimed efficiency figures, as for all plug-in hybrids, are impressive, at 34 miles of electric range, 44g/km of CO2 emitted and 141mpg 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.
In other respects, the Evoque P300e mirrors the qualities of the rest of the range: it boasts the Land Rover brand hallmark of considerable off-road ability and is available in the full spread of S, SE, HSE and Autobiography trim level (although even the entry-level version is far from cheap, coming in at just under £45,000).
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...