2015 Land Rover Ranger Rover hybrid review filed by Joel Helmes.
Right, I’m going to start this car review off on a negative note, I figure if we get the three little complaints out of the way first then we can get on with talking positively about the 2015 Range Rover Vogue SE Hybrid.
So here they come, the three things I would change about this Range Rover.
Firstly, like all models in the Jaguar Land Rover line-up, the Vogue SE Hybrid will not allow you to keep the recirculated air setting on the climate control system. Each time you restart the engine it goes back to ‘fresh’ and there’s a timer that switches you back to this setting after five minutes or so.
I know I go on about this all the time but please car let me make up my own mind!
Alright, small gripe number two. The chrome on the Range Rover centre console is (not surprisingly) very reflective and this means that on a hot day you get the sun bouncing straight back on your face and into your eyes.
Lastly, the tyres. Now, this vehicle has an unbelievably amazing suspension set-up – I hate to think how many millions of dollars were invested in developing and fine-tuning the auto-levelling/air electronic suspension.
But then, despite all this, Range Rover goes ahead (no doubt for only aesthetic purposes) and fits low-profile 45 Series tyres to the alloy rims! That means you feel every crack and bump in the road, even with the suspension doing its best to give you a soft, supple and luxurious ride.
Right, we have got the complaints out of the way. Now let’s have a look at the many reasons why the 2015 Range Rover Vogue SE Hybrid is one of the best vehicles getting about today.
Firstly, the seats – amazing! Heated and cooled and with a massage function too, the amount of electronic adjustment is extraordinary, they aren’t just comfortable, you literally don’t want to get out of them!
Rear seat occupants get two video screens and you can even watch two different programs on each, including live TV! Oh and the front passenger doesn’t miss out either, no way! The front passenger can happily watch a TV show or DVD on the main infotainment screen, all while the driver can see only the standard control screen, brilliant!
You might say the infotainment controls are a little ‘clunky’, true, though it isn’t a hard system to get to know and commands like phone synching are extremely easy.
It’s not all about luxury though, the Range Rover Hybrid is also a brilliant car to drive and with ridiculously low fuel consumption (I average just over 9.0L/100kms), what a vehicle this is.
Think you’re going to miss out on power and torque with the hybrid? No way! Try 215kW and 600Nm!
I think you get the picture with this vehicle so I will leave it there and you can enjoy the photographs.
If you’re in the market for a premium luxury SUV and have some dollars to spend, (the optional extras will hit your budget hard!) then the Range Rover Hybrid isn’t just a vehicle to test drive, it’s a vehicle to cherish.
NUTS and BOLTS - 2015 Range Rover Vogue SE Hybrid
Engine: 3.0 litre V6 diesel/hybrid producing 225kW and 600Nm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Not tested
Origin: United Kingdom
Price: from $226,900