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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 strong real-world economy and low CO2 emissions for such a big SUV

Overall rating

4.0 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
86-113mpg55-73g/km28-32 miles3hrs 15mins (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. Charging is easy – just remember you have to do it every day to get the best from the car.

Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid range

With a full battery, the XC60 will cover up to 32 miles on electric power alone, and using that range as much as possible will see a best average fuel-economy figure of up to 113mpg. However, this 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.

Our sister title Auto Express ran an XC60 Recharge T8 for six months and returned more realistic economy, but 58mpg 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 managed 40mpg by comparison.

Charge time

The XC60 comes with a 4.5-metre three-pin cable as standard, while a 4.5-metre Type 2 cable for use with public chargers and wallboxes is a £50 optional extra, which seems a little tight on Volvo’s part given the price of the car. 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 a little over three hours, regardless of what you're plugged into.

This is the most efficient way to charge the 11.8kWh 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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