VOLVO

VOLVO V60 SPORTSWAGON 2.0 T6 Recharge PHEV Inscription 5dr AWD Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5.4s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

In Recharge T6 plug-in hybrid form, Volvo's V60 mid-sized premium estate combines turbocharging, supercharging and electrification for potentially astonishing efficiency returns, despite this ambitious Swedish model'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.

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Volvo's V60 mid-sized premium estate is at its most sophisticated in Recharge Plug-in hybrid form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

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In Recharge T6 plug-in hybrid form, Volvo's V60 mid-sized premium estate combines turbocharging, supercharging and electrification for potentially astonishing efficiency returns, despite this ambitious Swedish model'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.

Background

If you've resisted the allure of SUVs and you're determined to choose a mid-sized premium-badged estate car, you might expect a £45,000 budget to buy you something with a six cylinder petrol or diesel engine. Volvo's Recharge V60 plug-in hybrid models can't offer that, but they can deliver plenty else in compensation. In return for the relatively high sticker figure, the usual PHEV virtues feature here in a car that has less direct competition than Volvo plug-in models in other market segments. As with the brand's other designs, its technology is based around the 2.0-litre four cylinder engine block that the company's been using for the last decade. Here though, you get it in the most sophisticated form the marque can offer.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet of the Recharge Plug-in hybrid V60 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 two levels of output: 253hp for the base Recharge T6 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 T6 variant that most V60 Plug-in hybrid customers choose, a big combined power output of around 400hp offsets the extra weight of all these mechanicals, so 62mph from rest can still be dispatched in just 5.2, though top speed (as with all current Volvos) is limited to 112mph. Alongside all of this is 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 a Recharge V60 Plug-in model will depend on your choice between the five driving settings that owners of all Volvo 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 36.7 miles in the T6 Recharge model (more than most people's daily commuting distance) on a single charge. It's up to 27.3 miles in the T8 Polestar Engineered version. In both variants, 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

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. The original V60 model was quite a departure from the conventional boxy Volvo station wagon shape and this MK2 model continues that trend. To look at, it's very much like the larger V90 estate model that shares its sophisticated 'SPA' architecture. In fact, from a casual glance, you might easily mistake this V60 for its larger stablemate. Get up a little closer though, and you'll find that the front apron is more aggressively styled with this more compact wagon. There's some design inspiration from the XC60 mid-sized SUV in places too. The 'Thor's Hammer' LED headlights for example, though they're a bit more sculpted here, while the front apron is more aggressively styled in comparison to the smooth face of the V90. Inside, there's much more borrowed from those V90 and XC60 models, the interior boasting Volvo's current pared-back interior design language with a 9.3-inch portrait orientated touchscreen infotainment system. Plus there's a digital instrument panel, with virtual dials separated by a customisable central space that can display a navigational map, trip computer info or your chosen phone or media settings. Out back, boot space isn't compromised by the plug-in system's battery in the way that it is with other rival PHEVs. Capacity comes in at 529-litres with the rear seats in place, outstripping the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and the Mercedes C-Class Estate. The rear bench splits 40/20/40 and drops down flat to the floor to free up as much as 1,441-litres if you load to the roof.

Market and Model

You'll have expected there to be a price to pay to add in sophisticated plug-in tech to the V60, but you might not have expected it to take the price of this Volvo right up into the £45,000 bracket. But that's the reality here. The 253hp T6 version of this Recharge model comes in 'R-Design' or top 'Inscription' trim and costs from around £45,000, slightly undercutting this model's closest rival, the BMW 330e Touring. There's also an uprated 'Polestar Engineered' 318hp T8 version of this V60 Recharge model, costing around £52,000. At least every version of this V60 PHEV is very well equipped. As standard, even the 'R-Design' variant comes 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 V60. 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 T6 plug-in V60 variant achieves a WLTP-rated all-electric driving range of 36.7 miles, a figure which assumes that the car is driven in its 'Pure' all-EV mode. As for the WLTP fuel and CO2 stats, well the Recharge T6 Plug-in hybrid manages up to 156.7mpg and up to 41g/km. And the Polestar Engineered Recharge T8 Plug-in hybrid manages up to 117.5mpg and up to 56g/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 enjoy a BiK tax ration rating of 10% (it's 14% for the Polestar Engineered T8 version); to give you some perspective on that, a standard V60 D4 diesel auto has a BiK rating of 36%. 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 buyer likely to be considering an upper-spec V60 diesel model is, we think, likely to be sorely tempted by this Plug-in hybrid version. But will conquest customers be so easily won over? Possibly. BMW's 330e represents strong competition to this model but this Volvo can better that rival Munich-made contender when it comes to safety provision and equipment. It also arguably has a classier cabin. And it's better equipped - for a slightly lower price. As with any PHEV, the combination of low taxation and the potential for virtually fuel-free commuting mileage is a tempting one. And when you match it all to this car's cool, Scandinavian vibe, the resulting package feels very complete. On the other hand, 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 mid-sized Volvo estate to be in some way electrified, the brand now offers very acceptable mild hybrid petrol versions of this car lower down the range. We think those B3, B4, B5 and B6 variants might be a better pick for most customers. But if you have to have technology superiority in your V60, only the Recharge variants offer it.

  • Rear wiper
  • Power front and rear windows
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation
  • Heated aqua blades

  • 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
  • Power parking brake with auto hold function
  • Hill start assist

  • Floor mats

  • Electric rear axle drive

  • Bluetooth handsfree system
  • Volvo on call app
  • Voice activated control for key functions

  • Drive mode settings
  • Driver alert control with lane keeping aid
  • Speed limiter
  • Front and rear park assist
  • Speed sensitive steering
  • Adjustable steering wheel force
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation

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

  • Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming interior mirror

  • Lithium-ion battery

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Fresh air subwoofer

  • Recharge aluminium tread plates
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Recharging port located in nearside front wing
  • Chrome front lower bumper
  • High gloss black grille with chrome inserts
  • Chrome window surround
  • Roof spoiler
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Roof antenna
  • Front and rear side steps illumination
  • Integrated roof rails in silver
  • Dual integrated exhaust pipes

  • Active bending headlights with adaptive shadow technology
  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Automatic headlight levelling system
  • Automatic LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
  • Home safe and approach lighting
  • Headlight cleaning system

  • Auxiliary fuel fired heater with pre conditioning functions
  • B Pillar ventilation

  • Rear armrest with storage + cupholders
  • Load protection net
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Load cover
  • High gloss black steering wheel remote infotainment controls
  • Bright metal luggage compartment threshold
  • Glovebox compartment with illumination
  • Front/rear door pockets and front cupholder illumination
  • Cargo load hooks
  • Underfloor cargo storage
  • Luggage compartment illumination
  • 12V socket in front + tunnel console and cargo area
  • Nappa Leather Key Integrated Remote
  • Orrefors Crystal Gear Lever Knob
  • Centre console cupholders
  • Charge cable bag

  • Tailgate illumination and ambient door lighting
  • Front reading lights + Theatre lighting and centre armrest storage illumination
  • Multicolour theatre lighting and puddle lights
  • Front footwell illumination
  • Rear footwell illumination

  • 5 x 3 point seatbelts
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
  • Side Impact Protection System airbags
  • Warning triangle
  • First aid kit
  • City safety with steering support with Pedestrian + cyclist + large animal detection + front collision warning with full auto brake
  • Seatbelt reminder and pretensioners for all seats
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
  • Run off Road Protection
  • Road sign information display
  • Slippery road and hazard light alert
  • Passenger airbag cut-off switch
  • Run off Road Mitigation

  • ISOFIX attachment on outer rear seats
  • Power passenger seat with memory
  • Power front seat side support
  • Versatile split folding rear seat - 60/40
  • Power driver seat with memory + exterior mirrors memory
  • Multi directional lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • WHIPS - Whiplash Protection System
  • Front head restraints
  • Extended front seat cushions
  • Rear head restraints

  • Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Key integrated remote control central locking + fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows
  • Private locking for tailgate
  • Keyless drive (incudes keyless entry and start) with remote tag and handsfree tailgate open/close

  • 8 speed automatic transmission with start/stop + manual change functions

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder

  • Tyre sealant kit and compressor

  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Min: 59
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Max: 50
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 55
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min: 55
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max: 50
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min: 15.5
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max: 16.8
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 31.1
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 36.7
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max: 3.7
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min: 4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 34
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 31.1
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 34.2
  • 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: 42
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 41
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 46

  • 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: 1.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 2.1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min: 156.9
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max: 134.5

  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 42E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 84
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 74
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 76
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 340
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Inscription
  • Coin Description: T6 Recharge PHEV AWD
  • 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: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True

  • Engine Power - BHP: 340
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.4
  • Top Speed: 112
  • Engine Power - KW: 223
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2200
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 235/45 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 10 MULTI SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

  • Length: 4761
  • Width: 1916
  • Wheelbase: 2872
  • Width (including mirrors): 2040
  • Height: 1437
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 658
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1441
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.3
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2005
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2480
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 475

  • Laminated rear and side windows: £750
  • Dark tinted windows for rear side windows and cargo area: £350

  • Dynamic chassis: Included
  • Active four-C chassis + four corner adaptive damper: £750

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

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

  • Head up display in windscreen includes road sign information, distance alert, set speed and navigation: £750
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto: £300
  • Intellisafe surround Blind spot info sys with steer assist, cross traffic alert with autobrake, Rear collision mitigation wit auto dim rearview mirror: £625

  • Driftwood inlays: Included
  • Linear lime inlays: £0

  • 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

  • Power glass tilt and slide panoramic sunroof with sun curtain: £1,200
  • Premium metallic paint: £975
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £675

  • 2 zone electronic climate control with Clean zone air quality system + pollen filter: Included

  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel with chrome trim: Included
  • Tailored leather steering wheel: £0
  • Tailored wool blend upholstery: £0
  • Perforated front and ventilated nappa soft leather upholstery: Included

  • Climate pack without heated windscreen - V60: £450
  • Tech - Harmon Kardon sound pack - V60: £850
  • Tech - Bowers and Wilkins sound pack - V60: £2,500
  • Versatility pack - V60 Plug-in-hybrid: £200
  • Lounge Pack - V60 Plug-in-hybrid: £1,700
  • Driver assist pack - V60: £1,600
  • Climate Pack - V60: £450

  • Metallic - Birch light: £675
  • Metallic - Pebble grey: £675
  • Metallic - Bright silver: £675
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £675
  • Metallic - Onyx black: £675
  • Metallic - Osmium grey: £675
  • Metallic - Maple brown: £675
  • Metallic - Pine grey: £675
  • Metallic - Fusion red: £675

  • Solid - Black Stone: £0
  • Solid - Ice white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Crystal white: £975

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

  • Retractable towbar: £1,125

  • Tailored wool blend - Slate: £0

  • Perforated front and ventilated nappa soft leather - Amber: £0
  • Perforated front and ventilated nappa soft leather - Blond: £0
  • Perforated front and ventilated nappa soft leather - Charcoal: £0
  • Perforated front and ventilated nappa soft leather - Maroon Brown: £0

  • 18" 10 Multi spoke black diamond cut alloy wheels: Included
  • 19" 5 Multi Spoke alloy wheels: £550
  • 19" 5 Open Spoke black diamond cut alloy wheels: £550

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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