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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

Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Fuel economyCO2 emissionsElectric rangeWallbox charge time
141-403mpg17-46g/km31-56 miles5hrs (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.

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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.

Charge time

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.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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