Volvo V60 PlugIn Hybrid 2013 Road Test Road Tests Honest John

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VOLVO V60 Plug-In Hybrid

Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid Road Test

Electric are inherently limited, thanks to the of time it takes to charge and restrictive range. They’re in a city or if you don’t need to go distances but unless you have a car for longer journeys, most will find these too much.

So it’s no surprise manufacturers have been solutions. Vauxhall has its Ampera a extended electric car with a engine working as a generator Toyota has developed the Prius which can travel for around 15 on pure electric before back into a traditional electric hybrid.

Now Volvo has the party with the V60 Plug-In It combines a 70PS electric driving the rear wheels a 215PS D5 diesel engine the front wheels. The result is an claimed economy figure of and emissions of just 48g/km even Volvo admits you re not to see that if you treat the V60 Plug-in as an car.

However, if you only commute 30 miles a day you could see the benefit, the V60 Plug-In Hybrid s trump is its range and usability on electric alone. It can travel up to 31 miles as an vehicle and will cruise at speeds without the engine in, all the while using no diesel at

Once the short commute is the car can be connected up to the mains and recharged in 4.5 hours much like an vehicle. Unlike a pure vehicle though, you can then set off on a trip with no worries range as the 2.4-litre five-cylinder under the bonnet will going as there s fuel in the

There s no sense that you re a strangled eco car either. When the is clear and there s space to the V60 Plug-In feels like any V60 with a big diesel engine it s quiet, refined and comfortable, well-weighted steering and a smooth gearbox.

The battery and electric are well hidden and don’t eat interior space too much, so the feels like it does in the Volvo V60. That’s a thing — the upholstery is wearing and luxurious, the instruments are and a feeling of quality permeates the It’s light, quiet and

It s not the smoothest riding car, over broken surfaces and pot it s a little jittery and on twisting it feels as heavy as it is. It s no slouch with 0-62mph taken of in a hot-hatch bothering 6.1 seconds. It even more eager if the drive mode is selected.

In though, that mode is pointless if you leave the car in Normal it choose the most appropriate of drive, electric motor or engine, depending on the situation. If you to be especially green you can force the car to act an electric vehicle by selecting mode and if you know you re heading to a later in the day you can make the car hold on to its

VOLVO V60 Plug-In Hybrid

Unfortunately for the V60 Plug-In Hybrid s a rather large fly in the ointment. The After the government grant for vehicles a V60 Plug-In Hybrid set you back the substantial sum of 43,775.

s enough to buy a Nissan Leaf and a petrol car for longer weekend

The V60 does redeem itself thanks to a well-appointed cabin nice touches like a TFT binnacle and plenty of safety as you would expect from a Not only that, but it falls the lowest benefit-in-kind rate for car drivers at just 5 per cent it qualifies for 100 per cent first writing down allowance. For who want to be a little greener will be appealing.

Private will see some benefits There s no VED to pay and if you re a Londoner there s no charge, but unless you have a commute there s little to picking the V60 Plug-In over a V60 diesel or any other large car.

It’s also worth that the V60 isn’t the most car in Volvo’s range even in trim. Unlike the V70 it’s far a stereotypical Volvo estate it has a relatively small maximum volume of 1126 litres, is much less than the Focus estate, a car from the below.

However, if you have a daily commute and you don t mind out close to 45,000 then the V60 makes sense. It s refined, easy to drive and practical. providing you spend a lot of time in it will use very, very fuel. Not only that, but you can it up at the weekend and take it on holiday the worry of finding a charging every 100 miles.

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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