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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

Rating
Running costs Rating
Insurance groupWarrantyService intervals2020/21 company-car cost (20%/40%)
41-443yrs / 60,000 miles1yr / 18,000 milesFrom £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.

Warranty

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.

Servicing

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.

Road tax

'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.

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