Volvo V90 Recharge T6 hybrid running costs
Pure-electric running means short commutes can be done without burning fuel, but the Volvo V90 Recharge T6 hybrid will be expensive to insure
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service intervals||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|41-42||3yrs / 60,000 miles||1yr||From £1,207 / £2,414|
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 T6 (and the outgoing T8)'s ultra-low CO2 emissions start to pay dividends: a 40% taxpayer will pay approximately half as much per year to run of these compared to the powerful D5 diesel version.
Volvo V90 Recharge hybrid insurance group
Unsurprisingly, and given that the V90 Recharge is powerful and an expensive car to buy, it occupies a lofty insurance group. Groups for the latest T6 model are 41 for R-Design trim and 42 for the more expensive Inscription.
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.
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.
Every V90 hybrid costs more than £40,000 new, so the VED rate is £465 annually for five years after that, before dropping to £140 in year six – in both cases, a £10 discount on the rate for a purely petrol or diesel-powered car.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Volvo V90 Recharge T8 has been replaced by the less powerful T6, now an even better package if you need low running costs and practicality
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingImpressive MPG and CO2 figures underline the Volvo V90 hybrid's day-to-day capability as a premium plug-in family car
- 3Running costs - currently readingPure-electric running means short commutes can be done without burning fuel, but the Volvo V90 Recharge T6 hybrid will be expensive to insure
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe plug-in hybrid Volvo V90 Recharge T6 serves up great cross-country pace, but is more relaxing than thrilling to drive
- 5Interior & comfortWith one of the best interiors in its class, the Volvo V90 Recharge T6 hybrid is a comfortable place to be
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Volvo V90 T6 Recharge hybrid's boot space isn't quite on par with regular rivals, but trumps plug-in opposition
- 7Reliability & safetyVolvo equips the V90 Recharge T6 plug-in hybrid with plenty in the way of driver-assistance and safety features, and reliability should be good