Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 hybrid running costs, insurance, warranty & tax
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||2021/22 company-car cost (20%/40%)|
|44-45||3yrs / 60,000 miles||1yr / 18,000 miles||From £2,158 / £4,315|
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 Recharge is London ULEZ-exempt, but as of October 2021, all versions are now required to pay the London Congestion Charge.
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 the XC90's 43-mile electric driving range. But of course the petrol engine will be doing some 25-30mpg in normal mixed driving after you've run out of electric power.
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, but taking our pick of the line-up again, it’ll cost around £630 per year to insure our middle-aged example driver with three points on their licence. This is about the same as for a regular petrol or diesel XC90 model in the same specification.
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 rate of £145 after the first year, but as the XC90 also costs more than £40,000, you have to pay a £335 surcharge the first five times you tax it, so it’ll cost £480 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 around 30 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 is one of the most practical you'll find in any plug-in hybrid
- 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