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Volvo S60 Recharge T8 hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging

The Volvo S60 Recharge T8 has an impressive electric range, as well as excellent on-paper CO2 and MPG figures

Overall rating

3.0 out of 5

Range, MPG, CO2 & charging rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£49,650 - £49,650
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
ModelFuel economyCO2 emissionsElectric rangeWallbox charge time
Recharge T8 R-Design134-166mpg38-46g/km35 miles3hrs 15mins (0-100%, 3.7kW)
Recharge T8 Polestar Engineered113-134mpg47-56g/km37 miles3hrs 15mins (0-100%, 3.7kW)

Volvo updated its T8 plug-in hybrid petrol-electric powertrain just as the S60 Recharge was launched, so it gets the revised engine also seen in the latest XC60 and XC90 SUVs, plus the larger S90 saloon and V90 estate models. The S60's estate sibling, the V60, is also available with this engine. Its 11.8kWh battery gives a decent electric range of up to 37 miles and the combination returns ultra-low CO2 emissions of between 40 and 47g/km for that all-important low company-car tax rating.

Volvo S60 Recharge T8 hybrid range, MPG & CO2 emissions

Volvo claims an electric range of 35 miles for the S60 T8 R-Design, increasing to 37 miles for the more powerful Polestar Engineered version. It's unlikely you'll manage this distance every time you drive in electric mode, but driving gently in slower urban or suburban traffic should see you get fairly close.

The T8 is capable of fuel economy between 134 and 166mpg (113-134 for the Polestar Engineered), but this combined figure assumes maximum use of the car's electric running capability before switching over to the petrol engine. In normal mixed driving, incorporating some faster running on dual-carriageways or motorways, the number will be less. And running without charging the battery will return similar fuel economy to a standard petrol-engined S60.

Charge time

With an 11.8kWh battery, the S60 will take a full charge from home wallbox in a little over three hours – as long as you pay extra for the Type 2 charging cable. Due to its 3.7kW on-board charger, that's as fast as the car will charge, even if you head to public rapid-charging station. You can also charge up using the standard three-pin plug and a normal domestic power socket; that'll take in the region of six hours.

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