I had the pleasure of trying the Range Rover Velar P400E and I’m going to share my experience with you as well as the many advantages it has. Hoping that this will allow you to know more about electric cars. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. I will try others in the next few weeks to Tesla Mag.
Introducing the Range Rover Velar P400E, plug-in hybrid
It’s quite confusing to discover a hybrid model from the brand known for its luxurious SUVs with British charm. The brand offers here a very aesthetic SUV model and symbol of the British giant. We were thus able to observe a restyling which will greatly appeal to drivers wishing to combine the elegance of a Range with a better carbon footprint.
Range Rover offers us a 404hp hybrid model made up of a 105kW electric motor and four 2L petrol cylinders that combine with a converter to run the vehicle’s engine.
The model we tried was black called Santorini Black, with a paint quality that is clearly superior to many models on the market.
Interior comfort can be felt from the outside. And I think that’s what appeals to Range Rover. For an SUV, all the parameters are there to drive in excellent conditions. The luxury of this Velar is rather discreet thanks to fully integrated handles and more rounded angles.
The Velar is spacious both front and rear and the vehicle has a 3-part folding rear seat. The trunk is also important even if the battery amputates it a little with a volume of 503 to 552 L and a useful volume of 1,335 to 1,358 L.
It is an imposing model which certainly takes up space in the city but which offers a panel of driving aids with a reversing camera, hill start aids and an electronic traction control system.
We also have at our disposal driving systems worthy of an SUV with four different modes for all types of terrain and weather.
In addition, there is a sliding panoramic roof, which is certainly not negligible in summer!
The aesthetics of the car
The car is imposing but is perfectly manageable and completely silent in electric mode. It has rims that accentuate its elegance while absorbing its weight. The front is somewhat reminiscent of the Rolls Royce model, revealing the famous Jaguar logo and the back is curved but very stylistic, letting the front dominate the car thanks to its lucky driver!
There are two spaces to recharge the battery that you open manually on one side and on the other for gasoline that you activate from the car.
When you enter this vehicle, you notice the English touch of Range Rover with a leather interior and stitching as well as a quilted effect on the front seats and the logo to recall ultra luxury. The panoramic roof overhangs our head and offers us a particular view of Paris.
There are plenty of storage spaces and an induction charger as well as USB sockets and a small aesthetic touch that I particularly appreciated: the Velar logo shining in blue at the foot of the driver’s and passenger’s doors. There are also aluminum veneers on the top of the doors here and there which create a sports car effect as a reminder of the models offered by the brand.
The dashboard is very wide and the three-spoke steering wheel is quite high which allows better adjustment than on low cars, for the controls we have everything within easy reach. Thus, from the steering wheel, you can control the driving assistants, the telephone and observe the vehicle’s charge level in the cockpit as well as a map of the surrounding streets. The car is extremely well soundproofed, we made calls and the sound was perfect.
At the wheel, the seats are comfortable and driving comfort is also linked to the adaptive suspensions which manage and absorb the various road obstacles effectively. Although with its batteries, this P400e vehicle is heavier, yet it is incredibly agile. We have an excellent Meridian Hi-Fi system and also a CarPlay thanks to a fairly large touch screen which makes the dashboard easier to use because the space it takes up only leaves space for the essential buttons, ie air conditioning and seat reclining.
This touch pad is extremely easy to access and allows us to find the terminals on our way and to connect directly to our phone by plugging it into the USB port.
The cables are long enough not to have any problems during recharging, so we have a cable embedded in the trunk. It takes 45 minutes to refuel at a fast charging terminal with current delivering 32kW and 2 hours at a small 7.4kW terminal. However, you will always have the petrol tank for long distances.
The charging cable is located in the double bottom of the boot, which saves space.
We did not venture among the mountains or the more winding places to test its full power but in general you can achieve 46km in full electric as well as a function of a Save mode which will allow you to recharge the battery of your vehicle using the combustion engine.
The model that we have presented to you is available on the market at the price of €77,700
This price can vary depending on the options you choose and it is a good compromise to choose green and still sporty driving in a very spacious and state-of-the-art space.
The Range Rover Velar gets a sporty-looking HST model for 2023, with an exclusive Arroios Gray paint option and unique 21-inch black wheels. The HST model will sit at the top of the Velar trim scale and will only be offered with the 395 horsepower version of the turbocharged and supercharged inline-six engine. An adjustable air suspension and adaptive damping system are also standard.