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
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|141-403mpg||17-46g/km||31-56 miles||5hrs (0-100%, 3.7kW)|
Volvo updated its T8 plug-in hybrid petrol-electric powertrain just as the S60 Recharge was launched, so it was given the revised engine also seen in the XC60 and XC90 SUVs, plus the larger S90 saloon and V90 estate models.
However, a "temporary re-evaluation" of Volvo UK's product line-up meant the S60 was removed from the range in late 2022. It's not currently clear whether the model will be reintroduced in the future, though the S60's estate sibling, the V60, is still available.
Both the S60 and V60 feature an 18.8kWh battery, boasting an electric range of up to 56 miles, which translates to ultra-low CO2 emissions of between 16 and 46g/km. That gives them both an extremely attractive company-car tax rating.
Volvo S60 Recharge T8 hybrid range, MPG & CO2 emissions
Volvo claims an electric range of 56 miles for the S60 T8 Plus (previously R-Design), decreasing slightly to 52 miles for the Ultimate (equivalent to the old 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 313mpg, 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.
With an 18.8kWh battery, the S60 will take a full charge from home wallbox in a little over five 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 eight hours.
In This Review
- 1VerdictExcellent company-car running costs count in the Volvo S60 Recharge T8's favour, but it's not as sporty to drive as its looks suggest
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & charging - currently readingThe Volvo S60 Recharge T8 has an impressive electric range, as well as excellent on-paper CO2 and MPG figures
- 3Running costs & insuranceInsurance and servicing won't be the cheapest, but you could save money on fuel by regularly plugging it in
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Volvo S60 Recharge T8 looks sporty and is plenty powerful, but its handling isn't quite up to scratch
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortVolvo's recent strong run of form with interior design continues with the S60 Recharge T8
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityAs the Volvo S60 Recharge T8 is a saloon, ultimate practicality is limited, but it still acquits itself well compared to rivals
- 7Reliability & safety ratingReliability and safety are two areas where the Volvo S60 Recharge T8 is particularly strong
- 8Living with itHow do the Volvo S60 plug-in hybrid's eye-opening fuel-economy stats stack up in the real world? We ran one for six months to find out...