The Land Rover Discovery Sport Plug-In Hybrid SUV: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Land Rover Discovery Sport Plug-In Hybrid SUV
Price: From € 71.335
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 15 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 60 km
Tailpipe emissions: 38 - 34g (CO2/km)

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The Land Rover Discovery Sport PHEV SUV

Land Rover is an iconic British brand, famed globally for its off-road and four-wheel drive vehicles. Land Rover is owned by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Automotive PLC, a leading luxury vehicle manufacturer with a distinctive reputation of being British and iconic. However the automotive company is now owned by the leading Indian industrial conglomerate, the Tata Group. The blue chip, India headquartered company is a leading player in the automotive sector via its Tata Motors subsidiary based in Mumbai. Tata acquired Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford Motor Company in 2008. JLR continues to conduct its operations from Coventry in the United Kingdom.

The Land Rover Discovery Sport has been a best-selling model for JLR. The luxury SUV was introduced in 2014 to replace the Freelander compact SUV. The Discovery Sport is part of the third generation of SUVs from the British automotive manufacturer. The SUV is now also available as a mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) and a plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV). Land Rover has yet to announce a date for the introduction of the pure electric Discovery Sport.

The conventional combustion engine Discovery Sport family SUV has been popular for a good reason i.e. the enhanced practicality with the seven-seats. However, due to the placement of the onboard EV battery, the Discovery Sport plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, is limited to five-seats. Despite this loss of practicality, the PHEV variant makes up with its increased environmental credentials and better fuel economy, compared to the pure combustion engine variant.

The Discovery Sport plug-in offers an emission-free range up to 60 km (WLTP certified), and incorporates a 15 kWh onboard EV battery. Both the range and EV battery size are typical of EVs of this type, however, the newest PHEVs have started to offer a larger EV battery i.e. more electric range.

Having said that, the claimed 60 km, even adjusted for real-world driving, will be more than sufficient for most daily driving needs. Expect a real-world range closer to 50 km. By leveraging the advantage of the cheaper cost of driving on electric mode (5 -10 cents per km) and improving the overall efficiency of the electric vehicle, families can save substantial money on commuting.

Land Rover claims a fuel economy up to 1.7 l/100km. However, to achieve anything close to this claimed economy, driving on the zero-emission e-mode on a regular basis is imperative. Of course, if you drive mostly on the motorway and need to call on the internal combustion engine (ICE) for most of your driving, the advantage of driving a plug-in hybrid EV is substantially reduced and the cost of motoring increased!

To leverage the benefits of electric driving, having a fully charged EV battery is imperative. The Sport PHEV can be charged up to 32 kW DC charging: 0-80% in 30 minutes. Do keep in mind that not all plug-in electric cars are capable of DC rapid charging. In all probability, on most occasions, the EV will be charged overnight at home (AC charging).

We at e-zoomed recommend the use of a dedicated EV charger for home charging. The single-phase easee EV charger is a good example. The PHEV can be charged up to 80% in just over 2 hours. The plug-in electric SUV incorporates a 7 kW onboard EV charger. We also recommend a ‘topping up’ approach to EV charging. This way, the electric miles can be used more often, and regular topping up of the EV battery is beneficial for the long-term health of the EV battery. Land Rover offers a 6 years or 90,000 km warranty.

In terms of performance, the all-wheel drive Land Rover Discovery Sport P300e PHEV is decent. The EV pairs a 1.5-litre (3-cylinder) petrol combustion engine with an electric motor. Despite the size and weight (2,168 kg) of the EV, acceleration is good: 0-100 km/h in 6.6 seconds and a 209 km/h top speed (maximum power: 309 HP/ torque: 540 Nm). The drive is refined and in e-mode the ride quality is even better and quieter!

The EV has much to offer in terms of practicality. For a start, the five-seat interior cabin is spacious and high quality. There is ample headroom and legroom for all occupants, and the visibility from the vehicle is good. Moreover the driver seat is well positioned, enabling an ‘easy-to-drive’ large family SUV experience. In terms of boot space, the EV offers up to 963 L, which is certainly very generous.

The EV has a good level of standard kit on offer, to include: Pivi Pro with connected navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, 10″ touchscreen, traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed limiter, lane keep assist, rear camera, adaptive cruise control, roll stability control, dynamic stability control, powered tailgate, keyless entry and more.

The PHEV is also suitable for company-car drivers keen on driving environmentally-friendly green cars, given the lower tailpipe emissions for the PHEV (38g CO2/km). For the conventional combustion engine variant, tailpipe emissions are as high as 211g CO2/km. Do keep in mind, the lower the tailpipe emissions, the less polluted is the local air quality, and on EV mode, the tailpipe emissions are zero. Bottom-line, plug-in electric cars are good for the environment and wallet!

Practical and spaciousCheaper family SUV alternatives available
Comfortable drive and good off-road capabilitySeven seats not an option for the PHEV variant
Running on electric mode is cheapLimited electric range


The Land Rover Discovery Sport Plug-In Hybrid (credit:JLR)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body Type:SUV
Engine:Electric/ Petrol
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (4 Options)
R-Dynamic S (from € 71.335)
SE (from € 73.000)
R-Dynamic SE (from € 75.650)
R-Dynamic HSE (from € 80.330)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 15 kWh
Charging:32 kW DC charging: 0%-80%: 30 minutes. Onboard charger: 7 kW AC (0%-100%: 2 hrs 12 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:38 – 34g (CO2/km)
Warranty:6 years or 90,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh€ 2.10
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh€ 2.78
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh€ 2.87
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh€ 3.14
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh€ 3.37
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state-of-charge

Height (mm):1727
Width (mm):2069
Length (mm):4597
Wheelbase (mm):2741
Turning Circle (m):12.3
Boot Space (L):963

P300e AWD Automatic PHEV
EV Battery Capacity:15 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):60 km
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):209.6
Fuel Consumption (l/100km):1.5 -1.7
Charging:32 kW DC charging: 0%-80%: 30 minutes. Onboard charger: 7 kW AC (0%-100%: 2 hrs 12 mins)
Top Speed:209 km/h
0-100 km/h:6.6 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (HP):309
Torque (Nm):540
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):2,168
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Types Of Electric Vehicles

Type Of Electric Vehicle (EV) Description
Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEVs)Mild hybrids use both an internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric motor. These cars are also known as ‘self-charging hybrids’. The vehicle uses regenerative braking (recuperated electric energy) to improve the fuel efficiency and to reduce tailpipe emissions (CO2 g/km). However, mild hybrids cannot be charged by an external power source (i.e. EV charger). The recuperated electric energy is also used to boost the the combustion engine enhancing acceleration. Automotive manufactures (OEMs) like Toyota are one of the pioneers in developing and introducing mild hybrid vehicles. The ubiquitous Toyota Prius mild hybrid is an excellent example. Toyota also helped popularise the use of mild hybrids in the premium segment via its wholly owned Lexus brand.
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) aim to achieve the same objectives like a MHEV i.e. increase fuel efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions. However there is much difference between a PHEV and a MHEV. The PHEV has a larger electric motor and onboard EV battery that is used to assist the internal combustion engine (ICE), but also to propel the vehicle. In a MHEV, the small onboard electric motor does not propel the vehicle. PHEVs come in varied EV battery sizes, but in general, most PHEVs have an EV battery size below 20 kWh. A plug-in electric car is capable of up to 50 km on electric mode. However, some PHEVs are capable of a longer pure electric range. The Volvo XC60 PHEV is a good example of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Moreover, a PHEV EV battery is charged by using an external power source to include, a domestic 3-PIN plug or a dedicated EV charger.
Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)A battery-electric vehicle is more commonly referred to as a pure electric car. The EV is ‘pure’, in that, the vehicle only uses electric power for propulsion i.e. a BEV does not have an internal combustion engine (ICE). It is easy to recognise these zero-tailpipe emission green cars, as these vehicles are silent (except for the artificial noise) and do not have a tailpipe! The pure electric vehicles have a much larger onboard EV battery compared to a PHEV. The EV battery on a BEV can be as large as 120 kWh, though an average is 60 kWh. In any case, most BEVs have an EV battery larger than 30 kWh. BEVs also use regenerative braking to improve the vehicle efficiency and electric range. However, the main source for the EV range is the EV battery, which can only be charged using an external power source, like an EV charger. BEVs can vary in electric range. However the more recent BEVs have a range between 300 to 500 km (WLTP) on a single charge. As an example, the all-electric VW ID.3 has a range up to 540 km.

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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