WHEN you need to make a grand entrance that is uncompromising, stylish and sophisticated, there is only one vehicle you should be piloting, the 2019 Range Rover Vogue HSE 400e PHEV.
Pure class and indulgent luxury is the best way to describe the big Range Rover, which proudly wears the Vogue name. From the beautiful Windsor leather seats to the high-tech dash, you know you have now become part of something that is truly special.
Adorned in Fuji White paint, our Range Rover Vogue featured the black pack contrasting black roof, with sliding panoramic glass, gloss black 21-inch 9-spoke rims, and gloss black body contoured exterior body accents.
And that right there is one of the amazing things about this car. There are more than 30 colors in the range, six roof choices, five wheel options, three different headlight packages, and two brake caliper selections.
The opportunity to customise is well, large, like the Vogue, and its partly that ownership experience that makes the big Range Rover so special. That’s before you even climb inside the roomy and luxurious interior.
In fairness, it probably feels bigger and more comfortable than a lot of family lounge rooms. The front seats feature individual arm rests for the driver and passenger and feel more like recliners than standard car seats.
There is plenty of room in the back for three adults as well, without anyone feeling cramped or having to jostle for space. Proof lies in the fact that during our test period, the Vogue spent a day as a wedding car, with three bridesmaids on board.
Like the vast array of options for the exterior, there are plenty of interior options available too, in your quest to accessorise your Range Rover, starting with 20-way heated and cooled front seats, with power reclining heated rear seats.
Our seats came in double ebony Windsor leather, and were absolutely divine. Like cinema room at home divine. The heating and cooling worked well during testing, and our rear passengers appreciated the capability to recline their seats.
But you have choices, and can pick from some ten leather seat and interior variations, four choices of wood grain finish, and six headliner options. Combine these choices with an abundance of option packs, and you can just about have a one-off Range Rover.
There’s tech features in abundance too, with three vehicle ride heights, and a dual touch touch screen infotainment, with 10-inch screens. It houses controls for climate, navigation, the all-terrain info center, and interior ambient lighting options.
Sound is handled through the premium audio system, and is outstanding, which is what you would come to expect of a vehicle of this caliber. The heated leather steering wheel houses multi-function controls and the head-up display is excellent.
The dash is completely digital and has a nice feature that allows you to monitor distance to the vehicle in front when the adaptive cruise control is engaged. Weighing in at a fraction over 2,500kg, you’d be forgiven for thinking this hefty vehicle is thirsty.
But this is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) remember. Utilising a 90-litre fuel tank, the 2.0-litre motor does exceptionally well, claiming a combined 2.8-litres/100km. In our experience it wasn’t quiet that good but still very impressive.
Performance is stellar as well. Boasting 297kW, the Range Rover HSE 400e PHEV outshines its supercharged V6 sibling (280kW). With a claimed 0–100km/h sprint in just 6.8 seconds, this super-sized SUV has a top speed of 220km/h.
But honestly, that’s not what this car is about. It’s a big SUV that delivers the ultimate in style. The braking works well, body roll is good, and ride and handling are great for what is a very big vehicle.
Charging can be completed at home from a standard power point, but it does take time to get a full charge. You’ll be leaving it overnight. The electric range is around 50km in pure electric mode, but it recharges on the road.
And let’s face it, it helps with fuel economy and power boost for the 2.0-litre motor. Not only that, the big Range Rover is safe too, boasting a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, along with power child locks, ABS, lots of airbags, and height adjustable seat belts.
You’ll also find lane departure warning, a reversing camera, front and rear park assist, emergency braking, and even a first aid kit. It’s touches like that last one, that make the 2019 Range Rover Vogue HSE 400e PHEV quintessentially Range Rover.
These SUVs are iconic, and popular with customers from the Royal family to high profile rappers in America. With pricing starting from just over $210,000 plus on-roads, they truly represent status within society.
Our test vehicle was provided by Jaguar Land Rover Australia. To find out more about the 2019 Range Rover Vogue HSE 400e PHEV, contact your local Range Rover dealer.