Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid review
The Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid combines petrol and electric power with plug-in capability to deliver 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||28-32 miles||86-113mpg||55-73g/km|
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 335bhp on offer from the T6, 385bhp from the T8 and 400bhp from the special-edition T8 Polestar Engineered version.
Thanks to the electric motor, the way the XC60 delivers its power is like a smooth, electrically assisted surge. That means there’s always plenty of performance for making effortless progress. Entry-level T6 cars are capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds, while the higher-spec T8 model can do 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds – or 5.1 seconds in Polestar Engineered form.
Of course, a plug-in hybrid has to be efficient, too. According to Volvo, the XC60 Recharge can deliver between 86 and 113mpg, while CO2 emissions are 73g/km at most. Those low emissions also mean the XC60 Recharge attracts a Benefit-in-Kind company-car tax rate of between 15% and 18% in the 2021/22 financial year – in comparison to 37% incurred by even the entry-level non-plug-in model.
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 of up to 32 miles thanks to the 11.6kWh lithium-ion battery in the XC60 Recharge, it’s possible for you to commute without using the petrol 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. Although 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.
However, plug-in hybrid powertrains often come with one drawback: reduced practically. There's a little less space on offer here than in the regular petrol or diesel-engined XC60s due to the battery and electric motor, but with a 468-litre boot with the rear seats in place, not by much. 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 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 a little over three 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. All of which only improved an already excellent car: 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 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 & practicalityVolvo XC60 plug-in hybrid isn't quite as practical as regular models, but there's still enough space and versatility here 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