Range Rover Sport PHEV running costs
If you can keep the batteries topped up and rarely travel more than 25 miles at once, the Range Rover Sport PHEV makes a lot of financial sense
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service intervals||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|49-50||3yrs / unlimited miles||1yr / 16,000 miles||From £2,618 / £5,235|
You’ll need more than £70,000 to buy a new Range Rover Sport PHEV, which makes it a little more expensive than direct rivals from Audi, Mercedes and Porsche. But when you compare it to the Range Rover PHEV – which isn’t much bigger – it starts to look almost like good value. If you think a car that costs £70,000 can ever be called good value, that is…
Likewise, you don’t have to look too far to find rivals like the Volvo XC90 that are more economical than the Sport PHEV, which averages up to 87mpg in official tests. But, thanks to its combination of a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor and a battery pack, this P400e can work out as much cheaper to run that other Range Rover Sport models.
The reason we say "can work out…" rather than "will…" is the same as for any plug-in hybrid: the economy you get depends hugely on the kind of driving you do. The Sport works best if you have a fairly short commute and can top up the batteries frequently. The higher your annual mileage and the more time you spend on motorways, the more likely it is that a diesel Range Rover will make more sense.
Still, the electric range of 25 miles isn’t significantly beaten by any of the Sport's rivals, and low CO2 emissions mean this is by far the best Range Rover Sport for company-car drivers. It incurs BiK tax at just 12%, whereas other Sports are more expensive.
Range Rover Sport PHEV insurance group
The plug-in versions of the Range Rover Sport sit in relatively high insurance groups – either group 49 or 50, depending on the trim level – but by the standards of the model, that’s not too bad. After all, most other Range Rover Sports sit in at least group 45.
All Land Rover vehicles, including the Range Rover Sport PHEV, are covered by a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. There’s no extra warranty on the hybrid system’s components, but you can buy an extended warranty when the new-car warranty runs out.This will cover the car until it’s 10 years old or has 100,000 miles on the clock, whichever is sooner. Overall, that level of cover is on a par with what you will find on any of the car’s most obvious rivals.
Whichever engine you choose in your Sport, the service interval is every 16,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes first. However, it’s worth considering taking out a service plan. For a one-off fee (which you can pay up to 90 days after the date of registration), all scheduled servicing for up to five years and 50,000 miles will be covered – but not any wear-and-tear items.The price of the plan varies, depending on the engine, with the cheapest being the 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol, which costs £750. And, while the PHEV's plan is dearer, at £925, it’s still a good-value package.
Most people consider a hybrid not because it’ll save the world, but because it can save them money. That’s true in many ways, but not in terms of road tax. If you want a car that’s exempt from the annual charge, you need something with zero CO2 emissions. As it’s an alternative-fuel car, the Range Rover Sport will cost £140 a year to tax. But because the list price of every model is higher than £40,000, you also have to pay a £325 annual surcharge the first five times you tax it, for a total of £465 a year during that time.
The Range Rover badge is very desirable, even on the used market – and that makes for strong residual values. In fact, the Sport is predicted to hold on to an even higher proportion of its value than the larger Range Rover, which is impressive enough in its own right. After three years and 36,000 miles, the Sport is expected to retain well over half of its value when new.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Range Rover Sport PHEV has many of the strengths of the larger Range Rover PHEV, but is a fair bit cheaper to buy
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Range Rover Sport PHEV's 26-mile electric range is impressive, and the battery can be recharged in less than three hours
- 3Running costs - currently readingIf you can keep the batteries topped up and rarely travel more than 25 miles at once, the Range Rover Sport PHEV makes a lot of financial sense
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Range Rover Sport PHEV is certainly a quick car, but the engine’s whine can be annoying
- 5Interior & comfortThe Range Rover Sport PHEV is every bit as luxurious as you'd expect of a car from the company
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Range Rover Sport PHEV doesn’t demand too many sacrifices in space for its good economy and low running costs
- 7Reliability & safetyWorries about poor reliability seem to be a thing of the past, and we expect good things of the Range Rover Sport PHEV