First drive review Volvo V60 Plugin Hybrid Review Autocar

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First drive review: V60 Plug-in Hybrid

What is it?

has spent £280 million what it reckons to be the world’s series-production plug-in diesel and, happily for the company, utility firm Vattenfall has half the RD bill. Why? it produces an electricity surplus in and is keen to see motorists buying amps and ohms instead of oil for personal propulsion.

Volvo has this hardware for the V60 estate. it plans to offer the technology in models.

Even though this V60 a spectacular 155.2mpg combined and CO2 of just 48g/km – excluding go-juice – Volvo is pitching it as a car. And not without justification. twin-engined, four-wheel-drive estate is for 60mph in 5.8sec, with a top speed.

That’s not all. It can be drive, four-wheel drive or drive, with enough for a battery-powered top speed of 77mph say smiling Volvo engineers, the for excellent ice-lake drifting

What is it like?

Its default is as a hybrid, and the striking difference a plug-in and lesser hybrids is you can drive extensively with the motor alone and at decent your quest to avoid the diesel aided by an easily dial. There’s also a electric mode that’s for a 31-mile range and is most deployed in low-speed city A Save button reserves the charge for later city which could prove handy in zero-emissions zones.


Performance lovers can guiltily hit the switch, the electric motor’s 148lb ft of torque giving off-the-line shove by filling in the torque hole of a diesel itself delivers serious

The result is genuinely sporting that’s heightened by a responsive automatic and, if you’re in electric mode before the accelerator, impressively tremor-free of the diesel motor’s beef the mix. With all-wheel a well balanced chassis, suspension settings and even a brace bar, this proves pretty adroit bends. We didn’t have the to push it hard in rear or the all-wheel drive setting optimises traction rather performance, but there’s enough go to an engaging drive, even if the V60 the last word in dynamic

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Its ride can turn a bit sharp at too, but in every other way is a refined car.

Should I buy

Volvo aimed to make V60 as easy a drive as possible, and in hybrid mode it proceeds as as any automatic, complete with configurable for simplicity. Those by its technology or craving economy can up additional instrumentation, a power graphic and energy consumption as aids. Volvo says plug-in diesel hybrid is, in the world, half as thirsty as the D5 diesel AWD.

Recharging from a modest power supply needs 4.5 this process ensuring the battery and engine cooling are temperature-optimised to further boost Highly sophisticated, intelligently and impressively refined, this makes an intriguing eco performance

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid SE Lux Nav

£48,775; 0-60mph 5.8sec; Top 142mph; Economy 155.2mpg Co2 48g/km; Kerb weight Engine 5 cyls in line, turbodiesel plus electric Power 215bhp diesel 70bhp electric, 280bhp Torque 325lb ft plus ft; Gearbox 6-spd automatic

Volvo V60 Electric Cars
Volvo V60 Electric Cars
Volvo V60 Electric Cars
Volvo V60 Electric Cars

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