Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging
The Volvo XC60 plug-in is easy to live with, offering strong real-world economy and low CO2 for a big SUV
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|86-113mpg||55-73g/km||28-32 miles||3hrs 15mins (3.7kW)|
A mid-size 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 here, with strong electric range, decent fuel economy and low CO2. 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.
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 XC60's on-board charger limits its 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.
Every Recharge model in Volvo’s line-up gets an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on its 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.
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 & charging - currently readingThe 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 spaceVolvo 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