The Land Rover Range Rover Velar is electrifying with an unprecedented P400e hybrid version. Always as comfortable and refined, the English SUV wants to take care of its carbon footprint and its use. Is the mission successful?
It may have escaped you, but the Range Rover Velar went through the tuning box last year. Do not blame yourself if you missed the information, it was done anonymously and only discerning eyes will notice. Very little cosmetic retouching.
Except fornew steering wheel, new gearbox control and new Pivi Pro infotainment system, no change. It must be said that the British idol SUV released in 2017 did not need to modify its very successful line, in the middle of its two brothers, a good announcer of the good districts of the Evoque and the more muscular but equally refined Range Rover Sport.
Most of the changes have been made under its hood, the Velar has begun its moult with partial electrification. Understand this that is now available in the plug-in hybrid version of the P400e. Logical since the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport have already started this change a few years ago.
Disappointing power line
So the mechanics are exactly the same as that of the brand’s big SUVs. The 300 hp 2.0 4-cylinder petrol engine is paired with a 143 hp electric motor for a combined output of 404 hp and 650 Nm of torque.all are sent to 4 wheels via an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.
To move without using a single drop of fuel, the Velar P400e depends 17.1 kWh battery placed under the boot floor. What cuts down on the amount of loading (503 liters) average for a car of this size (length 4.79 m and height 2.04 m). The same thing with the rear housing, it certainly hasn’t changed, but still it is disappointing in relation to its large size.
Anyway, back to our electrons. All electrical frequencies are advertised in hours 53 kilometers in the WLTP cycle. In reality, it will be necessary to rely on it 40 kilometers long. To improve this average value, it will be absolutely necessary to avoid fast routes and be as gentle as possible with the right pedal. Because no energy recovery function is availableonly three modes of operation can be selected: EV (electric), Hybrid and Save (to recharge while driving).
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In all-electric mode, the Velar moves around the city with complete peace of mind, taking advantage of it Its full soundproofing and padded comfort. As soon as the low speed increases, the 404 horses accelerate 2.233 kg the beautiful English child up to 100 km/h in just 5.4 seconds, then re-launching powerfully thanks to 640Nm of torque hybrid mechanics.
But as usual with this type of car, hybrid driving does Blow up fuel consumption: 9 liters per 100 kilometers on a mixed course. So the recommendation is always the same, the Velar P400e should be recharged as much as possible. For this, it is important to calculate 30 minutes to recover 80% of batteries thanks to a charging power of up to 32 kW.
Sold out €82,300 (around €104,00 for our full R Dynamic test version), the Range Rover Velar P400e is therefore not eligible for the ecological bonus. On the other hand, it will be exemption from future weight penalty which will come into force on January 1, 2023 for SUVs and 4X4s weighing more than 1,800 kg as its electric range exceeds 50 km.
|Tested model: Land Rover Range Rover Velar P400e R Dynamic HSE|
|Dimensions L x W x H||4.797 / 2.041 / 1.683m|
|The base of the wheels||2.874 m|
|Minimum / maximum trunk volume||503 / 1.335 liters|
|Unloaded weight||2.233 kg|
|Engine transfer||4-cylinder Turbo, gasoline – 1,997 cc + electric motor|
|Motor power||300 hp (petrol engine) and 143 hp (electric motor) = 404 hp combined|
|Combined torque||640 Nm between 1,500 and 4,400 rpm|
|0 to 100 km/h||5.4s|
|High speed||209 km / h|
|Independence||53 km in the WLTP cycle (40 km tested)|
|Price||From 82,300 euros (104,000 € our test version)|