Jaguar Land Rover Australia is introducing its most affordable plug-in hybrid yet, but it won’t slip under the $100,000 barrier.
The 2023 Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic HSE P300e PHEV is priced at $105,060 before on-road costs, and is available to order now.
UPDATE, 19/08/2022 – Land Rover raised the before on-road asking prices of the Evoque by between $2338 and $3059 as part of a wider range price rise.
“When necessary, our retail pricing is adjusted to reflect the increased levels of costs from suppliers, shipping, and exchange rates,” said a Jaguar Land Rover Australia spokesperson.
Land Rover has also detailed pricing for the rest of the Evoque range. Conspicuous in their absence are the P200 petrol and D200 diesel variants, with both powertrains axed for 2023.
The Evoque P300e mates a 147kW 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, related to the company’s Ingenium four-cylinder engines, with a 15kWh lithium-ion battery and an 80kW electric motor.
Total system outputs are 227kW of power and 540Nm of torque, with 62km of electric range under the stricter WLTP standard.
The P300e uses an eight-speed automatic transmission unlike the rest of the range, which use a nine-speed auto. Like the rest of the range, it’s all-wheel drive.
Claimed combined cycle fuel economy for the Evoque P300e is 2.0L/100km, with CO2 emissions of 43g/km.
Land Rover claims it’ll charge at a DC charger at up to 32kW, though you can also plug it into a 7kW AC domestic wall box.
Plugged into a 50kW or 100kW DC charger, it’ll take 30 minutes to go from 0 to 80 per cent, while with a 7kW AC wall box it’ll take 2hrs 12mins.
As with many other PHEVs, you can activate a pure EV mode or a Save mode, the latter of which prioritises use of the engine to maintain your level of battery charge.
You can use a smartphone app to monitor the car’s charge status or pre-condition the battery and cabin temperature.
It’s quite a bit heavier than the rest of the range. Land Rover quotes an unladen weight of 2157kg, compared with 1862kg for the P250.
Despite this, it does the 0-100km/h dash in a claimed 6.4 seconds.
This compares with 7.6 seconds for the Evoque P250, currently the fastest model, which has a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 184kW and 365Nm.
The Evoque P300e’s electric motor decouples at speeds over 135km/h. The battery is located below the rear seats, but Land Rover says a 6mm-thick steel undertray protects it so as to maintain the Evoque’s level of off-road ability.
The same powertrain is available in the related Land Rover Discovery Sport in other markets, however there are no plans to introduce this model here yet.
The Evoque P300e will be available exclusively in range-topping R-Dynamic HSE guise, unlike the PHEV versions of the current Range Rover Sport and outgoing Range Rover which are only available in base SE and Vogue guises, respectively.
Plug-in hybrid sales remain low in Australia but they’re growing. That applies to the number of options as well, particularly in the luxury SUV segments.
The Evoque PHEV is quite a bit pricier than the Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid, priced at $66,990 before on-road costs.
The XC40 was the third best-selling PHEV from a premium brand in 2021, with its 288 sales putting it behind Volvo’s own XC60 Recharge and the Mercedes-Benz GLC300e, of which 308 units were sold of each.
According to sales data supplied by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, 3372 PHEVs found buyers in 2021. That was up 99.4 per cent year-on-year, but still represented just 0.3 per cent of the total new car market.
Land Rover is doubling the number of plug-in hybrid models it offers in 2022.
In addition to a redesigned Range Rover, the new Evoque P300e is being joined by plug-in hybrid versions of the Range Rover Velar and Land Rover Defender. Orders for these models open in the second and third quarters of this year.
- 2023 Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic SE P250: $80,390 (+$2338)
- 2023 Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic HSE P250: $85,180 (+$2481)
- 2023 Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic HSE P300e PHEV: $105,060 (+$3059)
All prices exclude on-road costs.
The 2023 Range Rover Evoque P250 uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 184kW of power and 365Nm of torque, mated with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The P300e mates a 147kW 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with a 15kWh lithium-ion battery, an 80kW electric motor, and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Total system outputs are 227kW of power and 540Nm of torque.
All Evoques are all-wheel drive.
The 2023 Range Rover Evoque uses 8.1L/100km on the combined cycle in the P250. An ADR figure isn’t available yet for the plug-in hybrid, but UK data puts it at 2.0L/100km.
The P300e has a claimed electric range of 62km on the stricter WLTP cycle.
The 2023 Range Rover Evoque measures 4371mm long, 1649mm tall, and 1996mm wide (2100mm including the mirrors). It spans a 2681mm wheelbase.
Boot space measures 591L, expanding to 1383L with the second row folded.
The 2023 Range Rover Evoque is covered by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty with five years of roadside assistance.
Land Rover offers a servicing plan to cover the Evoque P250 for five years or 102,000km. This costs $1950.
Service prices aren’t available yet for the P300e.
The Range Rover Evoque has a five-star rating from ANCAP, based on testing conducted in 2019.
It received an adult occupant protection score of 94 per cent, a child occupant protection score of 89 per cent, a vulnerable road user protection score of 72 per cent, and a safety assist score of 73 per cent.
Standard safety equipment includes:
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Lane-keep assist
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed limiter
- Safe exit warning
- Driver attention monitoring
- Adaptive cruise control
- Reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors
- Front, front-side and curtain airbags
The R-Dynamic SE comes standard with the following equipment:
- 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Paddle shifters
- Heated, power-folding exterior mirrors
- Dual-zone climate control
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Wireless phone charging
- Keyless entry and start
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Automatic LED headlights
- Automatic high-beam
- Power tailgate
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- 12-way power driver seat with memory
- 10-way power passenger seat
- DuoLeather upholstery
- 12-speaker 400W Meridian sound system
- All Terrain Progress Control
- Terrain Response 2
You can add the Dynamic Handling Pack (Configurable Dynamics, adaptive suspension) for $2270, or a $2500 Technology Pack that includes a head-up display, digital instrument cluster, Touch Pro Duo and ClearSight digital rear-view mirror.
The R-Dynamic HSE adds:
- Matrix LED headlights
- Extended Leather Upgrade
- 14-way power front seats with driver memory
- Touch Pro Duo
- 14-speaker 650W Meridian sound system
A $1360 Convenience Pack, available on both models, adds a hands-free power tailgate, power-adjustable steering column, and Activity Key.
Standalone options include:
- Heated steering wheel: $690
- Power-adjustable steering column: $380
- Privacy glass: $690
- Front fog lights: $330
- Hands-free power tailgate: $170
- ClearSight digital rear-view mirror: $1230
- Premium cabin lighting: $497
- Dual-zone climate control with second row vents and temperature control: $1000
- Tyre pressure monitoring: $580
- Activity Key: $750
- Surround-view camera with ClearSight Ground View: $500
- DAB radio: $400
- Head-up display: $1300
- Digital instrument cluster: $650
- Fixed panoramic roof: $2100
- Sliding panoramic roof: $2300
As is typical of a Jaguar Land Rover product, there are further options and accessories available including myriad seating configurations, trim options and wheel designs.
Additionally, standard features on higher grades are almost always available as options on lower grades.
We recommend consulting the Land Rover website for more information.
Fuji White is the only solid paint finish, with two premium metallic finishes (Carpathian Grey and Silicon Silver) costing $540 and a range of metallic finishes available as no-cost options. The palette comprises:
- Santorini Black
- Firenze Red
- Seoul Pearl Silver
- Nolita Grey
- Eiger Grey
- Portofino Blue
- Lantau Bronze
- Ostuni Pearl White