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Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging

The Volvo XC60 Recharge plug-in hybrid is easy to live with, offering over 40 miles of electric driving and low CO2 emissions for such a big SUV

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Range, MPG, CO2 & charging rating

3.0 out of 5

Price
£52,425 - £62,475
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Fuel economyCO2 emissionsElectric rangeWallbox charge time
235-283mpg23-26g/km45-48 miles5hrs (3.7kW)

A mid-sized premium SUV like the XC60 might not be the obvious plug-in hybrid choice, but Volvo's setup combines petrol and electric power to good effect, with strong electric range, decent fuel economy and low CO2 output. Volvo updated the car in late 2021, adding a larger 18.8kWh battery and improving fuel economy, so now the plug-in hybrid SUV can return up to 282mpg, rather than closer to 100mpg. Achieving that figure means topping up the battery before every journey, but thankfully, charging the XC60 Recharge is an easy task.

Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid range

With a full battery, the XC60 Recharge will cover up to 48 miles on electric power alone, depending on which trim level you go for. Using that range as much as possible will see a best average fuel-economy figure of up to 283mpg. However, that isn’t going to be achievable for everyone; you’ll only see this number (or close to it) if your average daily mileage is low. If you can plug in at home and at your place of work, this helps maximise efficiency.

Charge time

The plug-in hybrid XC60 comes with a seven-metre Type 2 charging cable as standard, which you’ll use for topping up from a home wallbox or most public charging points. The on-board charger limits maximum charging speed to 3.7kW, however, so the best time you'll see to fully recharge the battery is around five hours, regardless of the speeds the charging point you’re using is capable of.

This is the most efficient way to charge the 18.8kWh lithium-ion battery, but there is another method. There’s a driving mode that forces energy into the battery on the move – useful if you want to top the battery up for 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.

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