VOLVO

VOLVO XC60 ESTATE 2.0 T6 Recharge PHEV Expression 5dr AWD Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5.9s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

The top Recharge T8 plug-in hybrid version of Volvo's XC60 mid-sized premium SUV combines turbocharging, supercharging and electrification for potentially astonishing efficiency returns, despite this Swedish crossover's huge power output. There's a significant price to pay for this technology and you'll need to tailor your motoring life to suit what this car can offer but if you can deal with these caveats, then this is a potentially very likeable package, especially in this improved form.

THE SMARTER UTILITY VEHICLE

Volvo's XC60 is at its cleverest - and priciest - in Recharge T8 Plug-in hybrid form. Jonathan Crouch looks at the revised version

Ten Second Review

The top Recharge T8 plug-in hybrid version of Volvo's XC60 mid-sized premium SUV combines turbocharging, supercharging and electrification for potentially astonishing efficiency returns, despite this Swedish crossover's huge power output. There's a significant price to pay for this technology and you'll need to tailor your motoring life to suit what this car can offer but if you can deal with these caveats, then this is a potentially very likeable package, especially in this improved form.

Background

Quite a few brands have only recently jumped aboard the plug-in hybrid bandwagon but Volvo has long planned for it. The company's current petrol and diesel cars are all based around a single 2.0-litre four cylinder engine block unveiled by Volvo's then R&D Chief Peter Mertens way back in 2011. It was a configuration fundamentally designed around the requirements for plug-in tech and as a result, Volvo was quickly able to launch plug-in electrified versions of all its larger models, including the XC60 mid-sized SUV we feature here. Since then, plug-in variants of rival Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC rival SUVs have also hit the market. Can this XC60 Recharge Plug-in hybrid still appeal in that company? Let's find out, now that this car's been embellished with extra media and safety technology.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet of the Recharge Plug-in hybrid AWD XC60 models, you'll find a 2.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine which is mated to an 87hp electric motor sited on the back axle. The main powerplant comes in three levels of output: 253hp for the base Recharge T6, 303hp for the Recharge T8 and 318hp for the top Recharge T8 'Polestar Engineered' version. In each case, the set-up is aided by a 25bhp starter motor/generator that pitches in from time to time to smooth any gaps in torque delivery between the two main power sources. It's all enough to deliver a set of stats that it's rather hard to get your head around. In the case of the standard T8 variant that most XC60 Plug-in hybrid customers choose, an enormous 407bhp combined power output offsets the extra weight of all these mechanicals, so 62mph from rest can still be dispatched in just 5.3 on the way to 140mph. Yet there's also the potential for the kind of fuel and CO2 readings that theoretically could equal those of a frugal supermini. Which of those two extremes you reach in an XC60 T8 will depend on your choice between the five driving settings that owners of all XC60 Plug-in hybrid models are offered. Ultimate speed is delivered by a 'Power' mode that sees both petrol and electric units permanently working together. Alternatively, there are four other drive choices: a 'Hybrid' setting that sees the two engines cutting in and out as necessary: an 'AWD' mode that gives you permanent 4x4 traction: plus a 'Pure electric' setting that only uses the battery power and can take you up to 28 miles (more than most people's daily commuting distance) on a single charge. There's even a 'Save' option so that on a longer trip, you can hold that charge until you get to the city driving you might have to do at the end of the journey.

Design and Build

The revised version of this PHEV Volvo hasn't visually changed much. The Swedish brand has slightly tweaked the styling of the front grille and the front bumpers and added fresh exterior colour and wheel options that's about it. This Recharge Plug-in hybrid model looks pretty much identical to the more conventional petrol and diesel variants lower down the range. The eagle-eyed will spot special badging and an extra charging flap but that's about it. At first glance with this second generation XC60, much seems similar to its larger XC90 showroom stablemate. Move to the side though, and the differences between the two SUVs become more obvious. Though this car is only 9mm narrower than its bigger stablemate, dimensions that see it 261mm shorter and 118mm lower make it clearly a more compact and sportier proposition. At the wheel, you sit lower than you would in an XC90 and the muscular-looking door creases, extended 'Thor's Hammer' headlights and revised grille give this model a sportier look. There's a longer bonnet than a rival Audi Q5 - and a longer roofline too. As you'd expect, there are plenty of cabin resemblances to the XC90, especially when it comes to the dashboard, seats and upholstery, plus the same 9.0-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital dial displays feature. Key to the changes made with this revised model is the introduction of Volvo's latest Android-powered infotainment system with Google apps and services built in. This intuitive, next-generation infotainment system offers customers unprecedented personalisation and unparalleled connectivity. This is further enhanced through the introduction of a brand-new Digital Services package, the centrepiece of which is access to Google apps and services, which offer hands-free help with Google Assistant, best-in-class navigation through Google Maps and a broad offer of native in-car apps via Google Play. In the back, two adults should be very comfortable and there's also a really unique touch - concealed storage compartments under the rear seat bases which are just the right size to store electronic devices, like a tablet, out of sight. Out back, there's a 468-litre boot (down from 483 in the conventional model), extendable to 1,395-litres once you fold the rear bench (down from 1,410-litres).

Market and Model

You'll have expected there to be a price to pay to add in sophisticated plug-in tech to the XC60, but you might not have expected it to take the price of this Volvo right up into the £59,000-£65,000 bracket. But that's the reality here. For the T8 version of this Recharge model, there are 'R-Design Pro' and 'Inscription Pro' trim levels, plus there's a unique 'Polestar Engineered' version of the T8 Plug-in hybrid. If you need to pay a little less, the slightly lesser-powered Recharge T6 plug-in hybrid version of this model is priced from around £52,000. Every version of the XC60 is very well equipped. As standard, even entry-level variants come with leather-faced upholstery, LED headlights with active high beam, two-zone climate control with a 'CleanZone' air-filtration system, heated front seats, a powered tailgate and alloy wheels of at least 18-inches in size. Volvo's Sensus infotainment system is also standard. This brings a 9" portrait-style touch screen, satellite navigation and an intuitive voice-activation system. It also provides access to the internet and a range of cloud-based apps such as Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher and Yelp. Volvo's City Safety system is fitted to every XC60. This includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, and the world-first application of Steer Assist. This feature helps to avoid or limit the severity of collisions at low speeds by assisting with the steering in an emergency, such as when swerving to miss an obstacle. There's also Pilot Assist, Volvo's innovative semi-autonomous drive feature. This assists with the steering (up to 80mph) and takes care of the acceleration and braking required to keep the car within lane markings and at the desired cruising speed or distance from any vehicle in front.

Cost of Ownership

The Recharge plug-in XC60 variants achieve an all-electric driving range of around 35 miles, assuming you limit yourself to the car's 'Pure' all-EV mode. As for the WLTP fuel and CO2 stats, well the standard Recharge T6 Plug-in hybrid manages up to 113.0mpg and up to 55g/km. And the standard Recharge T8 Plug-in hybrid manages up to 113.0mpg and up to 56g/km. For the T8 Polestar Engineered variant, the figures are up to 85.6mpg and 73g/km. As with any plug-in hybrid, there's little point in purchase unless you establish a regular recharging regime for the battery pack, which in this case is 11.6kWh in size. Customers will be able to buy a wallbox from Volvo that will charge their cars on 16-amp power in about two and a half hours. If you're out and about and find a 10-amp pubic charging point, the charging time will be slightly longer - three and a half hours - while connecting up to a normal domestic three-pin 6-amp supply will take six hours. The important thing of course, is that the government believes the fantasy-land CO2 stats, so business users will be able to write down as much as 100% of the cost of a XC60 T8 against their tax liability. And a 40% tax payer could be driving this variant while incurring a BIK tax bill of no more than around £100 a month. If you're a business buyer browsing in this segment, these are figures that'll reward a bit of thought if you're just about to blindly sign on the dotted line for a conventional six cylinder diesel model from a rival brand.

Summary

The sort of sensible buyer likely to be considering an XC60 is, we think, likely to be sorely tempted by this Plug-in hybrid version. The combination of low taxation and the potential for virtually fuel-free commuting mileage is, as with any model of this type, a tempting one. And when you match it to this car's class-leading safety standards and cool, Scandinavian vibe, the resulting package offers a refreshing alternative to rival German-branded SUVs. But the asking figures are substantial and in an era where government assistance is absent, you'd have to be very sold on the plug-in remit here to opt for this Recharge model. After all, if you merely want your premium luxury mid-sized SUV to be in some way electrified, Volvo offers very acceptable mild hybrid petrol and diesel versions of this car lower down the range. We think those B5 variants might be a better pick for most customers. But if you have to have technology superiority in your XC60, only the Recharge variants offer it.

  • Electric front+rear windows
  • Rear wiper
  • Tinted windscreen
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation

  • Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
  • Stability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Hill start assist
  • Hill descent control

  • Floor mats

  • Electric rear axle drive

  • Bluetooth handsfree system
  • Voice control system
  • Volvo on call

  • Speed limiter
  • Drive mode selector
  • Adjustable steering wheel force
  • Driver alert control with lane keeping aid
  • Speed sensitive steering
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation

  • 9" Touch screen
  • Trip computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • Sensus navigation with European mapping and traffic information
  • 12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display

  • Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
  • Auto dimming interior + exterior mirrors

  • Iron ore inlays

  • Steering wheel remote infotainment controls
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Roof spoiler
  • Power glass tilt and slide panoramic sunroof with sun curtain
  • Dual integrated exhaust pipes
  • Chrome window surround
  • Illuminated side steps
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Roof antenna
  • High gloss black grille with chrome inserts
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Recharging port located in nearside front wing
  • Chrome deco lower front bumper
  • Recharge aluminium tread plates
  • Chrome lower side moulding trim with Recharge logo
  • Integrated silver roof rails

  • LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
  • Home safe and approach lighting
  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Automatic headlight levelling system

  • B Pillar ventilation
  • Auxiliary fuel fired heater with pre conditioning functions
  • 2 zone electronic climate control with Clean zone air quality system and pollen filter

  • 12V socket in front tunnel console and cargo compartment
  • Centre armrest storage illumination
  • Rear seat concealed storage
  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel with chrome trim
  • Charge cable bag
  • Rear armrest / integral cup holders / storage tray
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Underfloor stowage compartment
  • Load cover
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Leather upholstery
  • Centre console cupholders and storage
  • Load protection net
  • Bright metal luggage threshold

  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Front footwell illumination
  • Front reading lights
  • Theatre lights

  • Run off Road Mitigation
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
  • Slippery road and hazard light alert
  • Seatbelt reminder and pretensioners
  • WHIPS whiplash protection system - front
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Passenger airbag cut-off device
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • First aid kit
  • Warning triangle
  • SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
  • Side Impact Protection System airbags
  • 5 three point seatbelts
  • Run off Road Protection
  • Road sign information display
  • City safety with steering support with Pedestrian + cyclist + large animal detection + front collision warning with full auto brake

  • Versatile split folding rear seat - 60/40
  • Head restraints for all seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Power height adjustable passenger seat with lumbar support

  • Care key with user defined top speed
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Key integrated remote control central locking + fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows
  • Private locking for tailgate
  • Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor

  • 8 speed automatic transmission with start/stop + manual change functions
  • All wheel drive system

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder

  • Tyre sealant kit + 12v compressor

  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Min: 53
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Max: 46
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 52
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min: 52
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max: 46
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min: 15.2
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max: 17.8
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 28.6
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 32.9
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max: 3.5
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min: 4.1
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 32.3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 28.6
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 32.3
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 11.6
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 55
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 55
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 64

  • CC: 1969
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 2.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 2.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min: 113
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max: 100.9

  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 41E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 98
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 76
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 95
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 340
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Inscription Exprsn
  • Coin Description: T6 Recharge PHEV
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 8
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True

  • Engine Power - BHP: 340
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.9
  • Top Speed: 112
  • Engine Power - KW: 250
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 258
  • Engine Torque - NM: 350
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1700
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 35.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 235/60 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 DOUBLE SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/60 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

  • Length: 4688
  • Width: 1999
  • Wheelbase: 2865
  • Width (including mirrors): 2117
  • Height: 1658
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 598
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1395
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2099
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2660
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 70
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 561

  • Dark tinted windows for rear side windows and cargo area: £350

  • Dynamic chassis: Included
  • Active four-C chassis + four corner adaptive damper with electronic rear air suspension: £1,500

  • Wireless/Inductive Mobile Phone Charging: £225

  • Rear park assist camera: Included
  • 360 degree surround view parking camera: £525
  • Cruise control: Included
  • Rear park assist: Included
  • Front park assist: Included

  • Power tailgate: Included
  • 7m Type 2/mode 3 charge cable: £50
  • 7m Charge Cable with 3 Pin Plug: Included

  • Intellisafe surround (Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Steer Assist, Cross Traffic Alert with auto brake and Rear Collision Mitigation): £500
  • Head up display in windscreen: £750
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto: £300

  • Subwoofer: Included
  • Sensus connect with high performance sound, connected service booking, 2x USB Type A in front and 2x USB Type C in rear, 10 speakers/220W output: Included

  • Premium metallic paint: £975
  • Metallic paint: £675
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Lounge pack - XC60 PHEV: £800
  • Climate pack - XC60 Momentum/Expression: £700
  • Driver assist pack with Blind spot information- XC60: £1,500
  • Versatility pack with Keyless drive - XC60: £525
  • Tech - Harman Kardon sound pack - XC60: £850
  • Climate pack without heated windscreen - XC60 Momentum/Expression: £700

  • Metallic - Bright silver: £675
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £675
  • Metallic - Maple brown: £675
  • Metallic - Pine grey: £675
  • Metallic - Fusion red: £675
  • Metallic - Luminous sand: £675
  • Metallic - Onyx black: £675
  • Metallic - Osmium grey: £675

  • Solid - Ice white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Crystal white: £975

  • Mechanical child locks on rear doors: Included
  • Power child locks on rear doors: £85

  • Power driver seat with memory + exterior mirrors memory: £600
  • 2 Stage integrated child seat for outer rear seats: £0
  • ISOFIX attachment on outer rear seats: Included
  • Power height adjustable drivers seat with lumbar support: Included

  • Keyless Start: Included

  • Retractable towbar: £1,125

  • Leather - Blond: £0
  • Leather - Charcoal: £0

  • 18" 5 double spoke diamond cut black alloy wheels: Included
  • 19" 5 Double Spoke diamond cut/black alloy wheels: £475

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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