Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid practicality & boot space
Volvo XC60 Recharge isn’t quite as practical as regular models, but there’s still enough space and versatility here for most families
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Passenger space is strong, as is load space, so the XC60 should be a practical family SUV that boosts efficiency. That’s down to the technology under the stylish body. Packaging is good, so there’s space inside for four, but even loaded up with five occupants there’s still plenty of room for medium-length journeys.
Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
Leg and headroom are both good in the back, thanks to the SUV body’s high roofline. The seating position is also quite upright as a result of this, but this allows you to tuck your feet under the seats in front with a comfortable break in your knees, so it’s an effective use of space.
Up front it’s a similar story, as while the dashboard is high, the centre console is low, while the dashboard doesn’t intrude on interior space but offers good storage.
There’s a large tray behind the gearlever with a roller-shutter cover, the door bins are big and the glovebox and central area between the front seats give plenty of space to stow items out of sight. Along with the ride, the seats are wonderfully supportive in the front, so you’ll feel relatively fresh even after a long journey.
There’s plenty of space inside the, as the XC60’s battery is stored in the spine of the car, where the driveshaft that supplies the rear wheels with power would usually go in a regular model. As the car was designed as a plug-in hybrid from the outset, there aren’t many drawbacks here.
The boot space is smaller, at 468 litres with the seats up compared with 505 litres in a regular petrol or diesel XC60, while this rises to 1,395 litres in the Recharge if you fold the rear seats down, which nearly go flat. For reference, with the seats down a petrol or diesel XC60 has 1,432 litres of luggage space, so the gap is lessened.
The reason for this slight reduction in boot space is due to the rear-mounted electric motor and the associated control electronics the XC60 has to package.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe 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 plug-in is easy to live with, offering strong real-world economy and low CO2 for a big SUV
- 3Running costsFuel 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
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid is very economical, but it also offers surprising performance thanks to its broad spread of power
- 5Interior & comfortThe XC60 Recharge's interior is nicely trimmed and feels different to rivals', offering individuality alongside quality, technology and comfort
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingVolvo XC60 Recharge isn’t quite as practical as regular models, but there’s still enough space and versatility here for most families
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Volvo XC60 Recharge combines dependability of regular XC60 with Volvo’s traditional focus on safety. Crash protection is impressive