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Volvo XC60 Review

Written by Allan Noble · 30/07/21

The Volvo XC60 is part of the Swedish carmaker's much-loved 60 SUV range of cars. The XC60 has been around since 2008 but the plug-in hybrid version of the car was only unveiled in 2012 at the North American Motor Show. Two hybrid variants of the Volvo XC60 went on sale in 2017 followed by a further Polestar engineered variant in 2018. Read on to find out everything would-be owners will need to know about the electric version of the Volvo XC60 SUV.

Summary

As a premium SUV, Volvo has produced petrol and diesel only versions of the XC60 for well over a decade. It is hardly surprising that Volvo wanted to give buyers the option of a hybrid engine, too, given that this has been their top-selling model for years. In 2017, the Swedish manufacturer introduced two T8 all-wheel-drive (AWD) versions of the car with an electrically powered motor. One could produce 314 hp and the other just two hp more, so there is very little to pick between them.

This is even more so when you also consider that the Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid had the same electric motor. In 2018, a so-called T8 eAWD version was also offered. Again, this car had the same electric motor with very little to set it apart from the earlier versions. Global sales of the Volvo XC60 rose in 2017, 2018 and 2019, so what are buyers finding in this hybrid SUV compared to, say, the Audi Q5? It's all in the detail, so let's dig a little deeper into the twin-engine versions of these models.

Range, Charging, & Emissions

Range: The hybrid XC60 Volvo has produced will run for an average of 32 miles on its electric engine before it runs out of power. Of course, you also get a 2.0 litre, four-cylinder petrol engine so you are able to continue your journey if you exceed this range. That said, around 30 miles is what you'd expect of the car's main BMW and Audi rivals so the Volvo XC60 is in good company for SUVs of its class.

Battery size: All of the twin-engine variants of the Volvo XC60 carry the same battery. This is 11.6 kWh in size, of which about 10.4 kWhs is usable for driving with. The battery produces 86 hp of power when used for driving. Although the 2.0-litre engine provides all-wheel power, the electric engine is for road use only since it will only drive the rear wheels.

Charging time: The Volvo XC60 SUV will charge in five hours from a standard home power outlet. That's great for commuters who want to top up overnight or from the office during the working day. If you invest in a 3.6 kW outlet, then expect this time to drop to just three hours. A charge at a 50 kW public charging point will be much faster.

Next: Running costs