2020 Range Rover Evoque P300e plug-in hybrid revealed: price, specs and release date

Range Rover Evoque family SUV goes green, with plug-in hybrid power for a useful electric range and reduced appetite for petrol...

On sale: Late 2020 | Price from: £43,850

The new Range Rover Evoque P300e plug-in hybrid is as good a poster child for electrification as it’s possible for a car to be right now. Not only does it carry our coveted five-star rating – as well as a What Car? Award – it also happens to exist in a class that’s going nowhere but up, as more families choose high-riding SUVs over traditional hatchbacks.

2020 Range Rover Evoque P300e rear

2020 Range Rover Evoque P300e range and engine

With an official range of up to 41 miles between recharges, it’ll take you farther on electric power than rivals such as the Volvo XC40 T5 Recharge and upcoming BMW X1 xDrive25e. If you start in the centre of London, you’ll reach Toddington services on the M1 motorway before you need to charge up again. In other words, you could safely cover the UK’s average daily commute of 18.8 miles twice before you need to plug in again. Topping up the 15kWh battery from 0-80% takes 30 minutes using a 32kW public charging point, or just shy of an hour and a half with a typical home charger. Using a three-pin plug socket will take almost seven hours.

Not that you’re limited to electric power, of course, because this Evoque has a 197bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine to call on as well as its 108bhp electric motor. The P300e is not only the fastest option in the range in terms of acceleration from a standing start – the 0-60mph sprint takes just 6.1sec – but you can also cruise on electric power alone at speeds of up to 84mph. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard.

The P300e is kinder to your bank balance than other Evoques, returning up to 201.8mpg on the official WLTP test cycle. That it emits just 32g/km of CO2 is good news for company car drivers, too; most versions of the P300e qualify for a benefit-in-kind rate of 6% in 2020-2021.

2020 Range Rover Evoque P300e interior

2020 Range Rover Evoque P300e interior

While the P300e is mostly the same as any other Evoque inside – no bad thing, because it’s a very pleasant place to spend time – drivers will notice a new option on the car’s lower touchscreen allowing them to select from Hybrid, EV or Save driving modes. Hybrid is the default, and allows both engine and electric motor to work together, while Save allows you to deploy your stored electric power later in the journey – for example, if your destination is in the middle of a low-emissions zone, such as central London. EV, meanwhile, uses the car’s electric power reserves alone.

Drivers can keep track of the Evoque’s state of charge using Land Rover’s InControl Remote smartphone app. This also allows you to prepare the car for a journey in advance; you can pre-set its interior temperature and schedule recharging to take advantage of an off-peak energy tariff.

2020 Range Rover Evoque P300e rear

2020 Range Rover Evoque P300e price

With a starting price of £43,850, the plug-in hybrid Evoque P300e will cost you substantially more than our current recommended model – the diesel-engined D150 S – and more than its Volvo and BMW rivals, as well as the electric Kia e-Niro. Target Price discounts should narrow the gap before long, however; buyers can currently save up to £2383 on a new Evoque through What Car?’s New Car Buying service.

2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport P300e front

Land Rover Discovery Sport also goes green

Land Rover’s larger SUV, the Discovery Sport, is also now available as a plug-in hybrid. Its seating capacity drops from seven to five if you opt for the greener power choice, but, for those who don’t need to carry a crowd, the plug-in Discovery Sport is again substantially kinder to your fuel and tax bills than other models in the range. It, too, will handle the average daily commute without sipping petrol; it’ll take you up to 38 miles on electricity alone. The Discovery Sport P300e costs from £45,370.

Those hoping for more green Land Rovers shouldn’t have long to wait, either; this plug-in hybrid setup will find its way into the Defender luxury SUV in the not too distant future.

If the idea of more plug-in hybrid Land Rovers has got you thinking about a new family SUV, then you'll want to know which should be on your shortlist. Well, by following the link to the next story at the bottom of this page, we'll tell you just that – and name the ones to avoid.

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