Power, efficiency, and luxury: these were the ingredients chosen to create the perfect Land Rover that would perpetuate its reputation as a premium on- and off-road cruiser. But at the same time as it meets these requirements, the Range Rover Sport Hybrid is designed to tackle emissions and reduce fuel consumption. It does this by utilizing a hybridized 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine generating a combined 398 horsepower, an efficiency-minded eight-speed automatic gearbox, and an electrified 4x4 system. The end result is a luxury plug-in SUV that hits all the targets. Everyday driving is refined and effortless, but the Range Rover Sport aims to impress with adept off-road prowess, too. The interior is the epitome of luxury and comfort, making it an appealing high-end SUV. But it isn't without stiff competition as the Porsche Cayenne, Lincoln Aviator, and Volvo XC90 hybrids are all vying for your attention.
There's a modest number of enhancements that are new for the Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid as it rolls into the 2021 model year. The most noteworthy is the unveiling of the HSE Silver Edition trim, which is essentially an appearance and specification upgrade of the familiar mid-spec HSE model. It features Shadow Atlas styling cues outside and in, as well as distinct 21-inch alloy wheels, and a limited exterior paint palette. The entire lineup receives an improved cabin air ionization setup, Hakuba Silver replaces Indus Silver on the metallic-paint list, and Lantau Bronze is added.
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The Land Rover Range Rover Sport Hybrid is a brilliant offering in the class, with enjoyable acceleration, satisfying handling and performance, adept 4x4 abilities, utilitarian practicality, and decent fuel-economy all at the same time. It can move from 0-60 mph in a claimed 5.9 seconds, is afforded a max towing capacity of 5,511 pounds, and returns combined gas mileage figures of 19 mpg, or 42 MPGe. Safety and reliability reviews for the Range Rover Sport Hybrid are relatively good, too. But a quick review of the segment in which it competes shows where the Range Rover Sport Hybrid SUV falls short. There are simply too many rivals for sale who all do the same thing, and many of them strike a better overall balance of cargo space, luxury, and refinement, all while hitting better economy targets. But, for those who value off-road prowess, this is still a great option, and while we encourage taking some of the more athletic and frugal rivals for a test drive, you won't regret opting for the Range Rover Sport PHEV either.
Land Rover USA presents the new Range Rover Sport Hybrid at a price of $83,000 for the HSE Silver Edition. Though that is a $4,000 upshot in price over last year's base model. Unlike non-hybrid variants with numerous specs available, there are only two here, with buyers who want more needing to stretch for the top-tier Autobiography Dynamic at a cost of $90,000. Those fares are all exclusive of any US tax, registration, and licensing fees as well as the automaker's $1,350 destination and delivery charge.
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