Range Rover is not a car maker known for its green credentials, says James Mills in The Sunday Times. Greenpeace once branded it a “climate criminal”. But it has been investing in new technologies. Range Rovers are lighter and more fuel-efficient, and now there is this “posh Prius” – a hybrid model that combines a three-litre V6 diesel engine with an electric motor.
The combination slightly improves the car’s fuel efficiency and lowers carbon emissions.
It is considerably heftier than the standard model, which makes it less than thrilling to drive. But the cabin is “positively luxurious” and the rear seats in the long-wheelbase model are “palatial”. The back of this Range Rover limo “really is a supreme way from which to survey the outside world”, says Chas Hallett in What Car.
It is “one of the world’s finest luxury cars”.
Engine: 2,993cc, V6 diesel with electric motor
Power: 335bhp at 4,000rpm
Top speed: 135mph
0-62mph: 6.5 seconds
Fuel: 44.1mpg (combined)