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
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|235-283mpg||23-24g/km||45-48 miles||5hrs (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.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictLate 2021 updates to the XC60's infotainment, interior, fuel economy and electric range have seen it pull ahead in the premium plug-in hybrid SUV class
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & charging - currently readingThe 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
- 3Running costs & insuranceWith the plug-in hybrid SUV capable of returning well over 200mpg, the XC60 Recharge has the potential to 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 & practicalityThe Volvo XC60 plug-in isn't quite as practical as the non-hybrid models, but there's still enough space and versatility 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