Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine range, MPG, CO2 & charging

The Volvo XC60 T8 plug-in is easy to live with, offering strong real-world economy and low CO2 for a big SUV

Economy CO2 Electric range Wallbox charge time
100.9mpg 51g/km 23 miles 2 hours 30 mins (3.7kW)

A mid-size premium SUV like the Volvo XC60 T8 might not be the obvious plug-in choice, but it mitigates the disadvantages of a car like this with high efficiency potential, combining petrol and electric power to great effect with strong all-electric range, decent fuel economy and low CO2. Charging is easy – just remember you’ll have to do it every day to get the best from the car.

Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine range

With a full battery, the Volvo XC60 T8 will cover up to 23 miles on electric power alone, but supporting the petrol engine it’ll achieve a best of 100.9mpg. However, this isn’t exactly realistic. You’ll only see this sort of range if your average daily mileage is low. If you can plug in at home and at your place of work, this helps maximise efficiency.

Our sister title Auto Express ran an XC60 T8 for six months and returned more realistic economy, but 57.7mpg is still very impressive. Based on this real-world figure, a cruising range of 888 miles on a tank of fuel is brilliant – the diesel XC60 Auto Express ran before the T8 only managed 40.1mpg by comparison.

Charge time

As we’ve already mentioned, the XC60 T8 comes with a 4.5-metre three-pin cable as standard, while a 4.5-metre Type 2 cable for a faster charger or wallbox is a £50 extra, which seems a little tight on Volvo’s part given the price of the car.

Recharge times will depend on the power supply you’re plugged into. A 6A-rated charger will top the battery up in seven hours. This drops to four hours for a 10A supply, while a faster 16A supply beats this by an hour.

This is obviously the most efficient way to charge the 10.4kWh lithium-ion battery, but there is another method. There’s a driving mode that forces energy into the battery on the move – this is useful if you want to top the battery up for all-electric driving when you get to a town, but it does place more strain on the engine, so expect your fuel economy to decrease if you engage this setting.

Battery warranty

Every T8 Twin Engine model in Volvo’s line-up gets an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty that covers the battery. This means if the battery starts to deteriorate beyond prescribed levels then you’ll get a new one, free of charge. However, we don’t expect this to happen.