30 Minutes With: The 2019 Range Rover HSE P400e

Front view of 2019 Range Rover HSE P400e
The 2019 Range Rover HSE P400e.
Publisher's note: Normally, the cars you read about here at TireKicker are loaned to us by the press fleets of the various manufacturers for several days. Seven is typical.  Occasionally, we'll get a longer period of time, and sometimes it'll only be three or four days.  Our "30 Minutes With" series features cars we spent half an hour driving during the just-concluded Western Automotive Journalists Media Day in Monterey, California.

Needless to say, these are quick drives and brief impressions that we hope to be able to flesh out with a full review of the vehicle at some point in the near future.

Media Days is a driving program, with journalists taking cars from the staging area at Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley over Laureles Grade and back or off-road on the acclaimed Land Rover Experience on the grounds of Quail Lodge.

My eighth drive of the day was the 2019 Range Rover HSE P400e.

Rear 7/8 view of 2019 Range Rover HSE P400e
2019 Range Rover HSE P400e.
The 2019 Range Rover HSE P400e is a blend of the expected and the unexpected.  It is absolutely a Range Rover---a luxury vehicle that is also a rugged SUV and somehow makes no compromises to achieve both. 

The surprise comes in the P400e designation.  This Range Rover is a plug-in hybrid.

There's a lot going on here, but the short version is this:  You can go up to 31 miles on electric power alone before the 2019 Range Rover HSE P400e switches over to a combination of a 296-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder and a 114-horsepower electric motor.   Combined output is 398 horsepower and 472 pounds per foot of torque which makes the P400e feel like it has a massive engine under the hood.

Theoretically (your mileage may vary), you could live 15 and a half miles from work, leave home with a full charge, not use a drop of gas nor emit a particle of pollution in your roundtrip commute, charge at home at night and repeat the cycle indefinitely.  Double that if you can charge at work.    And if you do use up the charge and slip into hybrid mode, the EPA estimates you'll see 28 miles per gallon on the highway, 24 in the city.  Again, your mileage may vary, but those are some very nice numbers for a vehicle of the Range Rover's size class.

Base price for the 2019 Range Rover HSE P400e is $95,590 and that brings with it a lot of standard equipment:

  • All-wheel drive with twin-speed transfer box.
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission with gearshift paddles.
  • Electric power-assisted steering.
  • Terrain Response System with selectable driving and off-road modes.
  • Hill launch assist.
  • Low traction launch.
  • Trailer stability assist.
  • Air suspension with automatic access height and adaptive dynamics.
  • 20-inch alloy wheels with spare tire.
  • Perimetric alarm and InControl Protect emergency collision notification.
  • Tire pressure monitoring.
  • Rear ISOFIX system for child seats.
  • Dynamic stability control, electronic traction control and roll stability control.
  • Emergency brake assist, anti-lock braking.
  • Cruise control.
  • Rear view camera.
  • Lane departure warning.
  • Emergency braking
  • Park Pack (360-degree parking aid, rear traffic monitor and clear exit monitor).
  • Drive Pack (Driver condition monitor, blind spot monitor with closing vehicle sensing, traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed limiter).
  • Premium LED headlights with signature daytime running lights.
  • Soft door close.
  • Satin body-colored accents.
  • Powered gesture tailgate.
  • Sliding panoramic roof with power gesture blind.
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers.
  • Rear wiper.
  • Rear privacy glass.
  • Auto-dimming, heated, power-folding memory door mirrors with approach lights.
  • Perforated Windsor Leather seats.
  • Power and heated front seats with memory.
  • 60/40 split fold rear seat with power recline.
  • Power adjustable heated leather steering wheel.
  • Carpeted floor mats.
  • Three-zone climate control.
  • Ambient interior lighting.
  • Auto-dimming interior rearview mirror.
  • Keyless entry and pushbutton start.
  • Ten-inch Touch Pro Duo system with Navigation Pro and Pro Services.
  • Meridian Surround Sound system.
  • Wi-fi hotspot.
  • SiriusXM All Access Package with three-month trial period.
  • HDRadio.
  • Bluetooth.
  • USB ports.
  • Interactive driver display.
Interior view of 2019 Range Rover HSE P400e
2019 Range Rover HSE P400e interior.
The test vehicle also had extra-cost optional equipment:

  • Driver Assist Pack (Blind spot assist, 360-degree surround camera, adaptive cruise control with steering assist, high-speed emergency braking, lane-keep assist and park assist): $4,000.
  • 21-inch 7-split-spoke "Style 7001" wheels with Light Silver Diamond Turned finish: $2,855.
  • Shadow Exterior Pack (Shadow Atlas hood and tailgate finisher, grill mesh, inner surround, front bumper accent, side vent, door handle surrounds and tailgate finisher): $1,090.
  • Vision Assist Pack (Auto high-beam assist, front fog lights, configurable ambient interior lighting and head-up display): $1,785.
  • Front center console with refrigerator compartment: $715.
  • 20-way heated/cooled front seats with power recline and heated/cooled rear seats: $610.
  • Four-zone climate control: $410.
  • Cabin air ionization: $100
  • 110-volt power outlets (one in second row, one in cargo area): $135.

With $1,295 destination and delivery, the as-tested price was $108.945.

Still.  Range Rover luxury, Range Rover off-road capability and the mix of sustainability and flexibility that only a plug-in hybrid can deliver.  That's a compelling package and why we think the 2019 Range Rover HSE P400e is a remarkable vehicle.