Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid running costs
Fuel 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
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service intervals||2020/21 company-car cost (20%/40%)|
|41-44||3yrs / 60,000 miles||1yr / 18,000 miles||From £1,313 / £2,626|
The Volvo XC60 Recharge is on the pricey side, but that’s no different to any other premium SUV in that regard. With CO2 emissions of less than 75g/km, you won’t have to pay the London Congestion Charge if you travel into the centre of the capital (until October 2021, at least), but remember to register your XC60 with Transport for London first.
The XC60's fuel economy is the main reason it's so cheap to run. Based on the average economy stated above, while it might cost just over £90 a time to fill the sizeable fuel tank, strong efficiency means you’ll only spend around £1,200 over an average of 12,000 miles a year of driving. A diesel XC60 wouldn’t be able to match this figure.
Another benefit of the plug-in setup is that CO2 emissions of 55g/km put the entry-level XC60 T6 Inscription Expression in the 13% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax bracket for the 2020/21 financial year.
Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid insurance group
Insurance group ratings vary depending on the trim level you go for, but taking our pick of the line-up again, the XC60 will cost about the same to insure as a regular petrol or diesel XC60 model in the same specification.
As well as the eight-year battery warranty, all XC60s get a three-year/60,000-mile warranty covering the rest of the car, plus three years of free roadside assistance, covering you in the UK and Europe. It's a good package overall, but not especially different to what you get with most rivals.
Volvo offers servicing packages for the XC60 that you can tailor to your needs. This means you can choose the length of the package, while it’ll also depend on how many miles you do a year.
'Alternative-fuel vehicles' such as this Volvo cost £140 in VED after the first year, but as the XC60 also costs more than £40,000 to buy, you’ll have to pay a £325 surcharge per year for the next five years, too, so it’ll cost £465 to tax in years two to five.
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 costs - currently readingFuel 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