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Volvo V90 Recharge hybrid costs, insurance, warranty & tax

Pure-electric running means short commutes can be done without burning fuel, but the Volvo V90 Recharge T6 hybrid will be expensive to insure

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

3.5 out of 5

Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Insurance groupWarrantyService intervalsAnnual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
41-423yrs / 60,000 miles1yr / 12,500 milesFrom £1,323 / £2,646

There’s no avoiding the fact that the Volvo V90 Recharge T6 hybrid is an expensive car to buy, and it’ll cost quite a bit to insure given its list price and desirability. At well over £40,000, it’s not cheap to tax, either, as it attracts the higher rate levied on more expensive cars the first five times you tax them. Company-car tax is where the Recharge T6's ultra-low CO2 emissions start to pay dividends: a 40% taxpayer will pay approximately half as much per year to run a T6 compared to the B4 diesel version.

Volvo V90 Recharge hybrid insurance group

Unsurprisingly, and given that the V90 Recharge T6 is powerful and an expensive car to buy, it occupies a lofty insurance group. Groups are 41 for Plus trim and 42 for the more expensive Ultimate.

Warranty

Volvo’s standard warranty applies to all V90 models – hybrid or otherwise. Buying a car new means you'll get a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, expiring as soon as you hit one of these milestones. Any component failure attributable to faulty materials or workmanship during manufacture will be fixed free of charge by a Volvo dealer. There are two extended warranties, which can be selected for a fee. The battery pack is covered by a separate warranty. Any material defect in the pack will be rectified free of charge for eight years from the date the vehicle is first delivered or up to 100,000 miles – again, whichever comes first.

Servicing

Volvo recommends a service every 12 months or 12,500 miles – whichever comes first. A number of interest-free service plans are offered, ranging from two years’ coverage to a maximum of six under one plan. On-call Volvo Assistance is included as part of an extended service plan.

Road tax

Every V90 hybrid costs more than £40,000 new, so the VED rate is £480 annually for five years after that, before dropping to £145 in year six – in both cases, a £10 discount on the rate for a purely petrol or diesel-powered car.

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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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