Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid review
The Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid combines petrol and electric power with plug-in capability to deliver impressive fuel economy and family-friendly practicality
- Affordable running costs
- Brilliant performance
- Premium image
- Pricey to buy
- Poor economy if not charged
- Engine refinement could be better
|Car type||Electric range||Fuel economy||CO2 emissions|
|Plug-in hybrid||29-49 miles||101-257mpg||25-64g/km|
The Volvo XC60 Recharge is an excellent plug-in hybrid SUV, capable of competing with the plug-in hybrid versions of the BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes GLC and Audi Q5. Both the T6 and T8 models use a 2.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine combined with an electric motor. There’s an impressive 345bhp on offer from the T6, and 448bhp from the T8 powertrain that's also used in the special-edition T8 Polestar Engineered version.
Thanks to the electric motor, theXC60 delivers its power in a smooth, electrically assisted surge, so there’s always plenty of performance for making effortless progress. Entry-level T6 cars are capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds, while the higher-spec T8 model can do 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds.
Of course, a plug-in hybrid has to be efficient, too. According to Volvo, the XC60 Recharge can deliver between 101 and 257mpg, while CO2 emissions are 64g/km at most. Those low emissions also mean the XC60 Recharge attracts a lower Benefit-in-Kind company-car tax rate than a similarly priced diesel-powered rival.
In electric mode, the XC60 is also incredibly quiet. There’s barely any noise from the motor and wind and tyre roar are well suppressed. However, this changes when the petrol engine kicks in, as it’s vocal when revved. Although, with an electric driving range now up to 49 miles thanks to the 18.8kWh lithium-ion battery introduced in September 2021, it should be possible for complete most commutes without using the engine.
The XC60 Recharge is also comfortable, especially on air suspension. The ride is absorbent, and you feel the fluidity that the sophisticated setup gives. But even the entry-level trim rides on fairly big wheels, so cracked tarmac and violent bumps do upset the body, but most of the time the XC60 is serene.
Plug-in hybrid powertrains often have one drawback: reduced practically – and the XC60 is no exception to this rule. There's a little less space on offer than in the regular petrol or diesel-engined XC60s due to the presence of the battery and electric motor, but a 468-litre boot with the rear seats in place is still decent. Plus, Volvo has managed to keep interior space for passengers identical to the regular XC60.
The XC60 comes as standard with a 4.5-metre long three-pin charging cable, which is stored in the boot. A 4.5-metre Type 2 cable for use with public chargers or an untethered home wallbox is a £50 extra. But the XC60's on-board charger limits its maximum charging speed to 3.7kW, so the best time you'll see to fully recharge the battery is around five hours, regardless of what you're plugged into.
A 2021 update for the XC60 upgraded the on-board safety technology, added new interior options and a new Android-based infotainment system for the car’s 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen. As mentioned above, Volvo also added a larger 18.8kWh battery to its plug-in hybrid models at this time, extending the XC60 Recharge's electric range and improving its fuel economy, too. All this made an already excellent car better: it's one of the best plug-in hybrids SUVs out there. For a more detailed look at the Volvo XC60 Recharge, read on for the rest of our in-depth review…
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid combines petrol and electric power with plug-in capability to deliver impressive fuel economy and family-friendly practicality
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Volvo XC60 Recharge plug-in hybrid is easy to live with, offering strong real-world economy and low CO2 emissions for such a big SUV
- 3Running costs & insuranceFuel economy that matches a city car's means the XC60 Recharge will cut your running costs significantly, although it's pricey to buy and insure
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Volvo XC60 Recharge plug-in hybrid is very economical, but it also offers surprising performance thanks to its broad spread of power
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe XC60 Recharge's interior is nicely trimmed and feels different to rivals', offering individuality alongside quality, technology and comfort
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Volvo XC60 plug-in isn't quite as practical as the non-hybrid models, but there's still enough space and versatility for most families
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Volvo XC60 Recharge combines dependability of regular XC60 with Volvo's traditional focus on safety, so crash protection and reliability are impressive