I’ve never been a big fan of plug-in hybrids. I always felt like they were a bit wishy-washy, not quite committing to being fully electric or fully gasoline-powered. But then I got behind the wheel of the Range Rover plug-in hybrid 2023, and I have to say, I’ve been pleasantly surprised.
I’ve been putting this beast through its paces for the past few months, and I have to say, it’s exceeded my expectations. The first thing that struck me was how seamless the transition between electric and gasoline power is. When the battery is fully charged, the Range Rover can run solely on electric power for around 30 miles, which is perfect for short trips around town. But when you need that extra kick, the gasoline engine kicks in without any noticeable jolt or lag.
But let’s talk about the power. This is a Range Rover, after all, so it’s not lacking in that department. The combination of the electric motor and the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine delivers a hefty 398 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. It’s more than enough to get this big SUV moving, and it’s a joy to unleash all that power on the open road.
Of course, being a Range Rover, the interior is top-notch. The seats are plush and comfortable, and the cabin is whisper-quiet, especially when you’re cruising in electric mode. The infotainment system is intuitive and easy to use, and the materials used throughout the interior are of the highest quality. There’s plenty of space for passengers and cargo, making this a great option for long road trips or hauling gear around town.
One of the standout features of the Range Rover plug-in hybrid is its off-road capabilities. This thing can tackle just about any terrain you throw at it, thanks to its all-wheel-drive system and a host of off-road driving modes. Whether you’re traversing rocky trails or plowing through snow, the Range Rover has you covered.
As for fuel economy, the Range Rover plug-in hybrid doesn’t disappoint. I’ve been averaging around 26 mpg in mixed driving, which is impressive for a vehicle of this size and power.
But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. The biggest downside of the plug-in hybrid system is the limited electric range. 30 miles may be enough for some, but for longer journeys, you’ll find yourself relying on gasoline power more often than not. And when the battery is drained, you’re left with a heavier and less efficient SUV than the standard Range Rover.
Overall, the Range Rover plug-in hybrid 2023 has been a pleasant surprise. It’s a competent and luxurious SUV that offers the best of both worlds when it comes to power and efficiency. I never thought I’d say this about a plug-in hybrid, but I’ve really enjoyed my time with the Range Rover. It’s a fantastic option for those who want the power and capability of a traditional SUV with the added benefit of electrification.