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Volvo S90 Recharge T8 hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging

A useful electric range and low CO2 emissions make the Volvo S90 Recharge a potentially very cost-effective way of getting around

Volvo S90 Recharge
Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Range, MPG, CO2 & charging rating

3.5 out of 5

Price
£52,500 - £59,205
Fuel Types:
Hybrid Petrol, Electric
Fuel economyCO2 emissionsElectric rangeWallbox charge time
109-166mpg44g/km29-35 miles3hrs 15mins (3.7kW)

Volvo’s model range was designed with electrification in mind, so the S90 Recharge T8 is a no-compromise plug-in hybrid. Short daily commutes to the office or train station can be completed in pure-electric mode, while home charging can take as little as two-and-a-half hours.

Volvo S90 Recharge T8 hybrid range

Volvo claims it’s possible to travel 35 miles on electric power in the S90 Recharge, but it’s best to take this figure with a pinch of salt. Achieving this will require a light foot, a fully charged battery and flat roads. The range will drop in the winter, if your journey includes hills or faster main roads, and if you make use of some of the car’s features, such as the heated seats and climate control.

Depending on the type of journeys you undertake, the S90 Recharge can in theory offer the best of both worlds. A zero-emission commuting vehicle for trips to the railway station or office during the week, and a spacious family car for longer trips at weekends, with the added bonus of this being the most powerful model in the S90 range.

Charge time

The S90 Recharge comes with an 11.8kWh lithium-ion battery and can be charged from a household socket using the 4.5-metre charging cable supplied. The charging point can be found on the nearside front wing of the T8.

Fully charging using a standard three-pin plug will take around six hours, and you can also buy a 4.5-metre Type 2 charging cable for £50, which provides access to the rapid chargers found in motorway services. But a 3.7kW on-board charger as standard means the S90 can charge no faster than that speed, so even when plugged into a 50kW charger, it'll take three hours or more to charge.

Additional range can be achieved by pressing the brake pedal while driving or when coasting. Further recharging is available by selecting ‘B’ mode, which strengthens the braking force when you lift off the accelerator pedal. This means the battery is charging even when the brake pedal isn’t being pressed. A ‘Hold’ function preserves as much as the battery as possible, saving it for later in the journey – this is useful when your destination includes urban driving or a low-emission zone.

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