Range Rover Sport PHEV range, battery and charging

The Range Rover Sport PHEV's official 31-mile electric-only range is impressive, and the battery can be recharged in less than three hours

MPG CO2 Electric range Domestic charge time
91.1mpg 71g/km 30 miles (NEDC) 7 hours 30 mins (2.3kW)

The full-fat Range Rover was Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid and the smaller Sport uses basically the same system. That means a 2.0-litre petrol engine paired with an electric motor, with the end result of 88mpg potential fuel economy.

True, that’s not as impressive as some of the car’s most obvious rivals – both the Audi Q7 e-tron and Volvo XC90 T8 are more economical, for example – but none of them can boast a much longer range on electric power only. And, of course, this is by far the most economical and least polluting model in the Range Rover Sport range. In fact, its 88mpg is more than twice as good as what the best diesel, the SDV6, can manage, and three times better than the figure for the most frugal petrol, the Si4.

Of course, as with any plug-in hybrid, this Sport works best on a diet of short journeys and regular charging, allowing you to run on electric power alone as much as possible. If you spend most of your time on the motorway, a diesel may well work out better. According to Land Rover’s own figures, the PHEV will only average about 26mpg once the battery is depleted and it’s using petrol power only.

Range Rover Sport PHEV range

The Sport has the same powertrain as the larger Range Rover and shares many of the same vital statistics. That means it’ll also go 31 miles on a full charge. As far as plug-in hybrids go, that’s up with the best – just shy of the 34 miles claimed for the Audi Q7 and much better than the Volvo XC90. To drive further with no CO2 emissions, you’d need to get a full-electric car.

Charge time

Like the Range Rover PHEV, the Sport PHEV comes only with a cable for home charging. Using that, it takes seven and a half hours to fully charge the battery from empty. However, if you buy a domestic wallbox and the appropriate (optional) cable, charge time will be just under three hours – the same as from a public fast-charger.

Battery warranty

Again, the Sport follows the pattern established by the Range Rover, which was Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid. The company doesn’t provide separate cover for the hybrid system’s battery or any of the extra components. Instead, the whole thing is covered by the same three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty you get on any Land Rover vehicle.