If you looking for ultimate luxury in your tow vehicle and you’re willing to put down some serious coin to pay for it then the new 5th generation Range Rover PHEV may be worth considering. Two PHEV versions will be offered with the same 3.0-litre petrol engine but with different amounts of total system output. In terms of EV range both PHEV versions will get an official WLTP rating of 62 miles and can tow a trailer/caravan up to 2,500kg.
Range Rover PHEV (5th Gen) Specs
- Official Towing Capacity – 2,500 kg (P440e & P510e)
- Availability – Late 2022
- Price – Estimated to start from £120,000 (P440e)
- Official MPG – Currently unknown
- Real-World MPG (Fuel Only) – Currently unknown
- Official EV Range – 62 miles
- Real-World EV Range – 43 miles (70% of Official)
- Maximum Charge Rate/Time – 7kW/5 Hours & 50kW DC in under an hour
Range Rover PHEV (5th Gen) HP & Torque
- P440e AWD: 434 HP with 620Nm of torque
- P510e AWD: 503 HP and 700Nm of torque
- Electric Motor provides: 141 HP
Range Rover PHEV (5th Gen) Towing Capabilities
With a typical ICE Range Rover, the towing capacity has pretty much in all cases been 3,500kg. However, when it comes to the PHEVs models of the previous 4th generation and this 5th generation Range Rover these vehicles are limited to a 2,500kg towing capacity.
Is it a disappointment/limitation? Well, I must admit I was hoping for a higher towing capacity from this latest 5th generation Range Rover PHEV as the previous 4th generation could tow 2,500 kg and in that case, the battery was shoehorned into the boot.
This 5th generation Range Rover PHEV is a much better-designed vehicle with the battery in the centre of the chassis. In fact, in 2024 there should be a pure battery-electric (BEV) version of the Range Rover, which I’ll write a separate article on.
At this point, we still don’t know the price of the P440e and P510e but its estimated they will start from around £120,000 which is obviously a decent chunk of change. Is there any competition for the Range Rover PHEVs when it comes to towing capacity/range?
Well, not really when it comes to the level of luxury offered by these 5th generation Rovers. However, when it comes to towing capacity and EV range there are two comparables. The BMW X5 45e and the Mercedes GLE 350e, both of which actually have a better towing capacity at 2,700kg.
EV Range & Real World Application
The Range Rover P440e and P510e have the largest battery I’ve ever heard of being put in a PHEV to date at 38.2kWh (31.8kWh usable). Previously, the largest battery capacity PHEV was the Mercedes GLE 350e at 31 kWh, with the BMW X5 45e coming in at 24kWh.
As a result, the Range Rover PHEVs have an official EV range of 62 miles, which beats the Mercedes GLE 350e at 56 miles and the BMW X5 45e at 54 miles. As I often state in my articles, when towing though, these EV ranges will be very minimal, likely in the 20-mile range.
The point being though, these PHEV tow vehicles have the potential to drive on electric power much of the time when not towing, provided they are plugged in of course. Also provided they offer an EV range above 30 miles to cover most UK commutes which these Range Rover PHEVs do.
As shown via the image above from the linked PDF brochure, Range Rover states that its claim to 75% of daily journies in electric mode is based on the following:
“Assumes charging only at home and based on anonymised ownership data from Range Rover customers”
I find that statement encouraging for two reasons, first, the claim is actually based on data Range Rover has collected, its not just some random marketing figure based on a niche potential owner example. Second, its because its based on ‘charging only at home‘.
The Range Rover PHEVs can DC rapid charge at up to 50kW. However, when it comes to charging etiquette unless you are in the vehicle when its rapid charging and ready to give up the charging bay to a BEV that would desperately need it, I wouldn’t encourage the use of DC rapid charging a PHEV.
Yes, driving on electric energy most of the time should be encouraged, however, we need to avoid PHEV vs BEV owner disputes. BEVs need DC rapid chargers, they are essential to vehicle ownership and use, for a PHEV owner, its a nice option, but its not essential to keep moving.
First Impressions Of The Range Rover 5th Gen PHEV
At this point, the PHEV versions of the 5th generation Range Rover are not available to purchase and there are no motoring journalist reviews I can reference. However, I thought I would add in a video from Harry’s Garage on his first impressions of the specs of the new Range Rover.
Harry owns a 4th generation Range Rover PHEV (P400e) and provides good insight into the improvements that the 5th generation P440e and P510e Range Rover will offer.
My Thoughts On The Range Rover 5th Gen PHEV…
Ever since the first-generation Range Rover, they have been viewed as pretty much the ultimate luxury tow vehicle, and it appears the 5th generation Range Rover will continue that trend for the most part in PHEV and later BEV forms.
As I’ve stated above, its a little disappointing these latest PHEV versions don’t get the full fat 3,500kg towing capacity of other ICE versions, but still, a 2,500 kg towing capacity meets the needs of many people. My thoughts on the cost, well, yeah, its really expensive. Then again, its a new Range Rover, and each new generation has seen a significant jump up in price.