Land Rover are going green...ish

It is a fact of driving life that manufacturers are having to think more and more about the planet.

When hybrid technology first came onto the scene, it lived almost exclusively in the hatchback segment but, as time, technology and need has progressed, the time was always going to come where bigger cars needed to join the mixed power party.

Land Rover Defender Hybrid
The new Defender has been given the hybrid treatment

When thinking of big, thirsty cars, it is hard not to think of the Land Rover range.

The Jaguar Land Rover group have been flirting with hybrid technology and full electric cars for a while. The Jaguar I-Pace burst onto the scene in 2018 and was the groups first foray into the plug in world of motoring.

Electric Jaguar I-Pace
The Jaguar I-Pace was the JLR groups first all electric car

Ever since then, we've wondered, how the base of that tech will make its way into the bigger, Land Rovers and Range Rovers?

Luckily we haven't had to wait long for that question to find an answer

How did JLR go hybrid?

In 2018 we saw the introduction of the P400e option on a number of the Land Rover model range.

The 2.0 litre petrol, 4- cylinder block under the hood was mated with an 85kw e-motor powered by a battery that lives underneath the boot.

With a range of 30 miles running on just the juice from the rear mounted power unit, it does make city driving that little bit better for the environment. The real benefit comes when the traditional motor and the battery work in sync to deliver a much improved fuel efficient driving experience.

Allegedly up to 101 mpg....

Is it worth it?

Admittedly, the range you get from the battery doesn't exactly set any records and if you are expecting to get 101 mpg you need your head checked.

The real win comes from the tax you'd pay for choosing a Range Rover or Land Rover as your company car.

A Range Rover Sport HSE dynamic 3.0 litre will kick you in your tax bills for 37%....a P400e Phev....18%.

And the P400e has about 100hp more than the 3.0 litre diesel. Just saying.

I'm not ready for a new hybrid

Not ready for the world of hybrids? Don't worry, there are still Land Rover options to choose from.

Here are three of our current favourites on Yoauto.

Range Rover Sport

Check out this lovely example from De Stefano in Bromley. You can get a near enough brand new Range Rover Sport HSE SDV6 with only 150 miles on the clock for £64,950.

Range Rover Velar

Don't want a the big Sport or classic Range Rover? Then the Velar could be for you. Check out this 2017 Velar HSE D300 from Mastercars.For £44,995 you can get yourself this sleek, fashionable and desirable Range Rover.

Land Rover Defender...the original one

Want to go old skool with your choice? We've got you covered. This 2014 Land Rover Defender 90 2.2 TDCI can be yours for just £38,500.

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