Road Test Review: Land Rover Range Rover Sport Dynamic SE Plug-In Hybrid

Independent review by Mike Torpey

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport PHEV

Road Test: Land Rover Range Rover Sport Dynamic SE Plug-In Hybrid

Explore the key features of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport Dynamic SE Plug-In Hybrid in our expert road test review.

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The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a luxurious yet practical SUV packed with top-level features and equipment.


  • Sporty design
  • Efficient powertrain
  • Low emissions
  • Good off-road capabilities
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You would not generally associate a big, powerful luxury SUV with outstanding efficiency and fuel economy.

But for those with the budget to consider a Range Rover Sport, it is not merely possible but pretty much guaranteed.

The latest third generation versions of the stylish and sophisticated off-road model, feature a pair of plug-in hybrids that set new standards for what is an extensive line-up that also includes petrol and diesel models plus the promise of a fully electric model due in 2024.

Powertrains and Performance

The plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) come in two variants for the Range Rover Sport, the P440e and P510e – those numbers correspond to the amount of power available – both of which use a 3.0-litre petrol engine alongside an electric motor.

In the case of our P440e, that means an official fuel return of 334.4mpg in addition to the full electric range of 70 miles.

In reality, while the latter figure is certainly achievable, you are not going to get anywhere near that MPG number – especially if there are regular long journeys on the cards.

But, plug in to a home wallbox for a full charge in five hours, or in 40 minutes to get 80 percent at a public rapid charger, and the P400e is super efficient for everyday driving as most trips can be completed using electric power alone – the petrol engine only kicking in when required.

It is extremely clean too, with CO2 emissions of 19g/km, meaning company car tax is low at just five percent.

With regard to performance, the hybrid powertrain can propel the Sport from 0 to 62mph in 5.8 seconds and on to a potential top speed of 140mph, all achieved in a super smooth and near silent manner while attaining an easy balance between dynamics and comfort.
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And for those who enjoy answering the call of the wild there is the trademark Land Rover tech like all-wheel drive, hill descent control, adaptive damping plus multimode terrain response and a full suite of safety features.

The Range Rover Sport can also wade in depths of up to 900mm, the car’s 3D surround camera featuring Wade Sensing letting the driver know when the water level is approaching the vehicle’s maximum depth.

Design and Practicality

A common query about the Range Rover Sport is how it compares to the regular Range Rover or to the Velar and Evoque models.

Well in all honesty the Sport is probably the ideal model in the line-up in that it is very similar in size to the regular Range Rover, just fractionally shorter, has all the luxury features you would hope for but costs appreciably less.

And while the Velar may have the edge on sleek design it lacks the level of off-road hardware, though both are extremely capable in the rough stuff, and the Evoque is much smaller and more suited to an urban environment.

Equipment and Technology

Apart from looking like a formidable piece of kit, the Sport also boasts top-notch materials all round, plus a plethora of kit.

Acres of interior space, comfortable perforated leather seats, a 13.1-inch touchscreen on the dash featuring Land Rover’s latest Pivi Pro infotainment set-up as well as a digital display behind the steering wheel ensure everything is extremely hi-tech.

That means Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are included, along with built-in sat nav plus a wireless smartphone charger.


The Range Rover Sport in the Dynamic Sport SE trim combines luxury and performance with a sportier design than its rivals.

Expect unique exterior features, a powerful and efficient powertrain, and off-road capabilities with this luxury SUV.