Volvo V60 D6 Plugin hybrid Review Autocar

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VOLVO V60 Plug-In Hybrid

Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in hybrid

is it?

A diesel-electric plug-in hybrid. The diesel-electric plug-in hybrid to go on in fact. The Volvo V60 D6 is the product of years of hard work for the at Volvo behind it, and it would be a observer who didn’t heap on the manufacturer for being first the post with the technology.

as the format – mingling a diesel natural touring economy an electric motor’s zero-emission – is an appealing fit for Europe’s low CO2 emission, mileage appetite.

But Volvo has set its higher than producing a eco-special. The new model is a high-priced that pairs its rear 69bhp electric motor the butch 212bhp 2.4-litre diesel engine already in the range.

The intention is to offer a car compromise – or as Volvo likes to it: three cars in one. The 11.2kWh lithium-ion battery it is capable of a 32-mile all-electric making it a zero-emission city (and shaving £5000 the list price courtesy of the government grant).

Out of town the V60 becomes a full hybrid which, according to figures, is capable of 149mpg and emissions as low as 49g/km CO2. when the mood takes it can summon up 471lb ft of multi-sourced and mutate into an all-wheel sports estate capable of in 6.2 seconds.

What is it like?

Two in one, really. The D6 has the silent car and cross country mile-eater largely sewn up, but a performance it isn’t. Partly this is no matter what Volvo’s department thinks, the V60 isn’t a rewarding steer to begin and despite adding all-wheel-drive the new tech lumbers the underwhelming with an additional 300kg or so of weight.

In fairness, it actually the burden rather well – in large part to a suspension which has clearly been with comfort in mind – but it through apexes with reductive steering and doesn’t as fast as the stopwatch suggests it is.

Let’s concentrate on its strengths because what the V60 does get it accomplishes with persuasive There are three selectable modes to chose from: Hybrid and Power. Turn the key and the car to its Hybrid setting, meaning (as you expect) that it juggles from both the electric and the diesel engine to achieve economy.

In the development car we drove being available to order, the is still someway from signed off) there are some issues with between the power sources – Volvo admits that the two into a smooth, refined response has been one of its biggest – but otherwise it impressed.

In practice, with a fully-charged (which can take up to 7.5 hours on a 6amp fuse or 3.5 on 16amp via a plug) and 147lb of torque to on, the D6 defaults to its electric motor, calling on the diesel engine vigorous acceleration is required. is an advantage, firstly because it burning the expensive fossil languishing in a scaled-down tank, and because the car feels most at when the drone of the five-pot oil is extinguished.

It’s not hard to it in silent running either as has provided (along with a pack of other information) a indicator dial that the transition between electric and internal combustion. With modulation of the throttle – and the fact the D6 will allow speeds of up to – the marker will remain the magic line.

Alternatively, if journey includes an extended trip between urban it’s possible to preserve charge via a ‘Save’ button on the and then use it later on when most effective.

VOLVO V60 Plug-In Hybrid

The Hybrid mode will you well enough in town, but the setting remaps the throttle for a response (thereby keeping you further from consuming any and augments the already calm of moving around the rush in a muffled hush.

Should I buy

There plenty of niggles the V60 D6. Some, like the slushy source modulation, will be tuned from the final But others are more fundamental.

practical price to be paid for the beneath the boot floor: it the V60’s already less-than-lavish space by 125 litres to 305 – only 10 more than a Ford Moreover, Volvo’s decision to its plug-in hybrid a range-topping model was a bold one, but it quite paid off.

Its shortcomings in this department it difficult to recommend wholeheartedly, if because introducing the plug-in at the D6’s elevated trim is arguably one of the reasons why it so prohibitively Nevertheless, new kit of this kind always comes with a attached, and if running costs are important to you than the initial its advantages really are worth a look.

If you’re lucky to live within 15 miles of work (and Volvo the majority of us do) there really is chance that you might go the week without turning the over.


Of course the same be said of a Vauxhall Ampera, would cost you less, but solution is not as comfortable, quick, looking or as well-equipped. It might not be the deal Volvo wanted it to be, but the D6 still be all the car you’ll need.

Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in hybrid £47,000 (£42,000 with 0-62mph: 6.2 seconds; Top speed: (approx); Economy: 149mpg CO2: 49g/km (unofficial); weight: 1975kg (approx); 5 cyls, 2400cc, turbodiesel electric motor; Power: at 4000rpm plus 69bhp motor; Torque: 324lb ft at plus 147lb ft electric Gearbox: six-speed automatic

VOLVO V60 Plug-In Hybrid
VOLVO V60 Plug-In Hybrid
VOLVO V60 Plug-In Hybrid
VOLVO V60 Plug-In Hybrid
VOLVO V60 Plug-In Hybrid
VOLVO V60 Plug-In Hybrid
VOLVO V60 Plug-In Hybrid

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