Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 hybrid running costs & insurance
The XC90 Recharge isn't cheap by any stretch, but for such a powerful luxury SUV, it promises fairly low running costs
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service intervals||Annual company-car cost (20%/40%)|
|43-45||Three years / 60,000 miles||One year / 18,000 miles||From £1,142 / £2,283|
The Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 is on the pricey side, but that’s no different to any other premium seven-seat SUV, regardless of whether it’s a plug-in hybrid. It does cost a bit more than the petrol and diesel XC90s, but provided you plug in regularly that initial outlay will be offset by lower running costs.
The XC90's electric driving range is the main reason it's cheap to run. If you plug in regularly and do mostly short journeys, you can save a fortune compared to non-electrified alternatives thanks to its electric driving range of over 40 miles. But of course the petrol engine will be doing some 25-30mpg in normal driving after you've run out of battery.
Low CO2 emissions of 28-76g/km also make the XC90 a cheap company-car option for such an indulgent big SUV. It falls into a very low BiK tax band, which makes it many thousands cheaper to run as a company vehicle than a non-electrified petrol or diesel XC90. However, a fully electric SUV like the Tesla Model X sits in an even lower BiK band.
Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 insurance group
Insurance-group ratings vary slightly depending on the trim level you go for, ranging from group 43 for the base Core model to group 45 for the top-of-the-range Ultimate spec. Those ratings are higher than a regular petrol or diesel XC90 model in the same specification, but only just.
On top of the specific battery warranty, all XC90s get a three-year/60,000-mile guarantee. Like the eight-year battery warranty, this overall package of protection is fairly standard. You also get three years free roadside assistance that covers you Europe-wide.
Volvo offers servicing packages for the XC90, where owners can choose the length of the package, but maintenance costs also depend on how many miles you do a year. A three-year fixed-price servicing deal based on an average of 12,000 miles a year comes in at over £1,000 but you can pay with a monthly plan if you prefer.
Alternative-fuel vehicles such as this attract a road tax (VED) rate of £155 after the first year, but as the XC90 also costs more than £40,000, you have to pay a £355 surcharge the first five times you tax it, so it’ll cost £510 to tax in years two to six.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 is a plug-in hybrid SUV with decent performance, seven-seat practicality and over 40 miles' electric running capability
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Volvo XC90 Recharge offers useable electric range and therefore strong efficiency. Charging is simple, too
- 3Running costs & insurance - currently readingThe XC90 Recharge isn't cheap by any stretch, but for such a powerful luxury SUV, it promises fairly low running costs
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 delivers strong performance and comfort, putting it up there with the best in class
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe XC90 Recharge T8’s interior is nicely trimmed and offers individuality alongside quality, technology, comfort and seven-seat practicality
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe XC90 Recharge T8’s huge boot and versatile seven-seat layout makes it one of the most practical plug-in hybrids around
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe XC90 Recharge T8 combines the dependability of a regular XC90 with Volvo’s traditional focus on safety, so it makes for reassuring transport