Range Rover review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
With plug-in hybrid technology now available and all-electric power on the horizon, Land Rover has future-proofed its Range Rover luxury SUV
If you’re in the market for a new, fifth-generation Range Rover model then it’s fair to assume that higher fuel costs won’t deter you from making a purchase. Initial orders for the luxury SUV saw an average list price of around £125k, but there will be models specified with bags of extra kit coming in at more than £200k.
Buyers have the choice of petrol or diesel models with mild-hybrid technology, while business users will find the low benefit-in-kind tax rate of the plug-in hybrid model particularly attractive. But there is an all-electric version of the latest Range Rover landing in 2024, which should be the cheapest of the bunch to run by far.
Despite the industry march towards full electrification, diesel power still has some relevance in the big, luxury SUV market. If you’re planning on frequent longer journeys then the oil burner makes financial sense; the D300 model is the cheapest entry point into Range Rover ownership and will return up to 36.7mpg on the WLTP combined cycle, and emits 202g/km of CO2. The D350 produces more power from the same 3.0-litre, six-cylinder diesel engine, but Land Rover claims it'll still return up to 36.6mpg. You’ll struggle not to wince as you fill the 80-litre tank in either version, but at least you should be able to cover more than 600 miles between visits to the forecourt.
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If you prefer to go with petrol power, the P400 uses the same basic engine and mild-hybrid technology as the diesels it sits above. It's not quite as efficient as either oil-burner, returning up to 29.4mpg on the WLTP combined cycle, but CO2 emissions are reduced slightly to 218g/km.
The plug-in hybrid P440e and P510e models offer the best fuel economy on paper - up to 329mpg and 319mpg, respectively – plus CO2 emissions of just 19g/km. While the tax advantages for company car users are sizeable, it’s worth remembering that you’ll need to keep the battery topped up to make the most of the plug-in hybrid efficiency – otherwise things suddenly become much more expensive if you’re relying on the 3.0-litre, six-cylinder petrol engine to haul you around.
Opting for the P530 model means you get a snarling 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine which sounds great, but means fuel economy falls to an average of 24mpg – a figure you’re unlikely to see if you’re eager to flex your right foot.
Electric range, battery and charging
The P440e and P510e use the same 38.2kWh battery and 141bhp electric motor, and offer up to 70 miles of all-electric drive, which should be plenty for most commutes or those using their Range Rover for shorter trips in and around town. There is a dedicated EV driving mode, but Hybrid is the default setting. The plug-in Range Rover also use geofencing technology so they can save battery power to ensure you can run on electric power in low emissions zones. This can be done manually, too, by using the Save setting, deploying energy later on in a journey when it's needed.
Fully recharging the P440e or P510e's battery using a typical 7.4kW home wallbox or public charging point should take around five hours. But, unusually for a plug-in hybrid, the Range Rover PHEVs feature CCS rapid charging and can reach charging speeds of up to 50kW, so a 0 to 80 per cent top-up will take less than an hour if you use a suitably fast charger.
As you might expect with a luxury SUV, insurance premiums are going to be expensive. All Range Rover models are in the top group 50 rating, with our example quote (for a 42-year old living in Banbury, Oxon, with three penalty points) asking for £2,022 to arrange cover.
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The latest Range Rover is predicted to be a strong performer on the used market, with our expert data suggesting that it should hold onto up to 74 per cent of its original value after three years and 36,000 miles. The P440e plug-in hybrid model is the best of the bunch at the moment, with both five and seven-seat versions expected to retain at least 70 per cent after three years of ownership.
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In this review
- 1Range Rover review You’ll need deeper pockets than ever to buy one, but the latest Range Rover is an outstanding luxury SUV
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Range Rover is an exceptional all-rounder, equally at home on or off-road
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costs - currently readingWith plug-in hybrid technology now available and all-electric power on the horizon, Land Rover has future-proofed its Range Rover luxury SUV
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe fifth-generation Range Rover showcases strong design, outstanding levels of luxury and the latest onboard technology
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceIt’s hard to think of a better alternative to the Range Rover when it comes to overall practicality and first-class comfort
- 6Reliability and safetySafety is top notch, but the Range Rover needs to demonstrate its reliability over time