The Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid model is impressively efficient, sturdy and comfortable. It seems that every new release from Volvo will include an electric motor that powers the car. One of the best examples is the XC60 T8 model.
This edition is a plug-in hybrid, and Volvo proudly refers to it as a Twin Engine SUV. Other plug-in hybrid versions from Volvo include V60 D5 and D6 estates and the recently debuted XC90 T8.
Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid – Design and Trims
The V60 Plug-in hybrid mirrors the standard V60 in many ways, except that it has some aerodynamic wheel rims. While it isn’t as good to drive as the likes of Audi A4 and BMW3 Series, Volvo’s scorecard is that all its rivals (except Mercedes C350e) lack the Twin Engine technology in their estate form.
Like Volvo’s previous innovations, the Twin Engine technology enhances simplicity. The reason is that you need not worry about running out of power due to the availability of a conventional power plant that always gets you to your planned destination.
The process involved in recharging the battery of a plug-in hybrid is a straightforward one. Besides, the battery pack is uniquely placed to save space and ensure safety/driving pleasure.
The Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid only comes in two top-tier trims—R-Design Pro or posh Inscription Pro. We tested the former and noted its sizeable 21-inch alloy wheels and aggressive body kit. Inside, it conveys a host of features like an Orrefors crystal gear-lever and Alcantara sports seats.
Overall, our R-Design Pro has a smart interior design, excellent build quality, along with decent rear space and boot room. All these elements make it stand firm to face its rivals off on the road.
Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid – Battery and Range
The Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid gets its juice from turbocharged 2.4-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine that serves up 215 horsepower.
However, at the back, you will find a 70-hp electric motor that drives the rear wheels. It’s paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The XC60’s motor combines with a 12-Kilowatt/hour battery instead of a 9.2-Kilowatt/hour unit that powers the CX90. It can reach 32 miles-of-range on pure electric power alone.
If you connect the XC60 to a fast charger, it only takes two-and-a-half hours to fill the battery up to 100%. However, it can take between 3-6 hours if you plug it into a domestic three-pin socket. Of course, you can also reserve the battery’s charge by using the petrol engine alone. The T8 is better in Hybrid mode, and toggling between petrol power and EV is smoother.
If you correctly do your math, you will also realize that the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid SUV has a total of 285 HP. This accomplishment is part of the automaker’s plans to make plug-in hybrid models as attractive as possible to lure a lot of buyers. This car sprints from zero to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds.
Price and Debut
The Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid model, which is all-wheel-drive as standard, starts at $49,500. Finally, the release date is expected in few months.