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Volvo V60 Electric Cars

25 March 2013

Rating: 4 out of 5

Good: Extraordinarily versatile, comfortable and indecently quick

Small boot, disappointing economy, heavy and pricey

from 43,775 after a government grant

Our route afternoon ambles north Glasgow, skirting the scenic of Loch Lomond before east towards our home for the in Auchterarder. Stretching to just 100 miles of Scottish highway, it s the way to round off a day testing Volvo s new V60 hybrid electric vehicle, or for short.

Every kind of lives up here from and sweeping bends blessed smooth and even tarmac, to tracks seemingly tossed the rumpled land in bucketfuls of On the back-roads, our route becomes so it starts to feel as if it must have been a planner s on a map, grossly misinterpreted by an literal road-crew. And as we close in on our the weather does the same, the tight bends with a coating of fresh snow.

our V60 estate can cope with the journey brings, because it has so resources up its sleeve. Volvo it three cars in one, but I it might even be four.

If I prod the Pure button one of a row of just ahead of the gearstick we in a silent electric city good for 30-odd miles charges. The V60 will use up to 8kWh the 11.2kWh lithium-ion battery in the meting it out to a 50kW (70bhp) that s capable of pushing the car all the way to 78mph.

Press the Hybrid and the car s 2.4-litre, 215bhp five-cylinder engine joins the electric stepping in and out so quietly and smoothly I can be quite sure if it s running or As I press on, diesel and electric twirl seamlessly together in of superior fuel economy.

Hit the button and the tempo changes a waltz to a tango. Throttle becomes instant as the full of both motor and engine is out under my toe. This I can t mistake the warbling five-cylinder s contribution. Power pulses the six-speed auto transmission as the repeatedly climb to a 4,000rpm with electric power to push during the smoothly upshifts. All told there is 280 on offer, allowing a whip-crack run to in just 6.1 seconds.

That s noticeably faster than proper hot-hatches the Renaultsport Clio and Focus ST.

there s a full 4×4 accessed via a separate button in the ancillaries. With the rear fully electric and the front diesel-powered, it proves a rather option in the snow, at the end of a long with the light fading. A strapped to the engine ensures the end never runs out of juice, if you ve, erm, squandered all your reserves earlier, playing Power mode.

There is a button to preserve battery for later, or to bring a depleted up to about 12-miles of electric-only but it s only really needed if you to do zero-emissions miles at the end of a long

The V60 PHEV s unrivalled breadth of is deeply impressive, but it doesn t without drawbacks. First, s the price, which starts 43,775 after a 5,000 from the government s Plug-in Car While not outrageous a Lexus GS costs more this is by no cheap.

Secondly, the battery is a big and heavy of technology that has shoved both luggage and fuel Tank volume has fallen almost 70 litres in other V60 to just 45, trimming range fill-ups to no more than 560 Similarly, boot volume has by 125 litres to 305 litres, or slightly capacity than you ll find in the smaller V40 hatchback.

On the upside, the V60 can still tow 1,800kg.

The liquid-cooled also adds 250kg to the bringing kerb weight to a 1,955kg. With most of the heft bolted directly the rear axle, weight is actually improved in the normally V60, with 45% of the plug-in s mass resting on the back

Volvo V60 Electric Cars

While abundant power the car s heft most of the time, is a noticeable lack of agility in The V60 is never roly-poly, but neither is it crisp or eager to turn bends. The brakes also as if they toil hard for a lacking the reassuring initial that confirms you ll be stopping the road merges with the

That said, the slightly and numb brake pedal is a result of oodles of cleverness on beneath your foot, to try to as much energy as possible still stopping safely. its engine-attached generator as well as its motor, this Volvo has two braking options to balance we even move onto the hydraulic discs. Small that Volvo engineers to write new stability-system software to this car pointing in the right at the extremes of grip.

And for those nightmarish moments grip isn t sufficient, there is the of Volvo s crash-mitigation expertise, has ensured the V60 hybrid is the safest car a charging cable yet hurled at a by EuroNCAP.

Other familiar characteristics also remain in including an airy and attractive built from quality furnished with superbly seats.

Our test car was one of an initial of 1,000 limited-edition cars, all with copious options and now all sold. Further customers receive a car graced with revised styling for the 2014 year, available only in s highly specified SE Lux Nav trim.

clever new facilities arrive with the charging cable, needs about 3.5 hours to the battery from a domestic UK A pre-heater function will let you or chill the cabin while the car is plugged in, using a timer you can set the car s central screen or, for those able to plan ahead, an Apple or Android smartphone.


The downloadable app, perfect for clots like myself, can lock or unlock the car remotely, or the horn and flash the lights in a carpark. Fortunately, most of features are disabled on the move won t be able to honk the horn the back seat although the app tell you if the car is on the move, though not where it is or where it s going.

I ve following the development of the V60 PHEV for the two years after getting an glimpse of the concept version in 2011. I ve taken a spin a test track in a prototype, inside one in an oven, seen the whipped off the finished car and even the aftermath of a frightening crash

So it felt good to finally get the wheel of the car on British roads, to see how the concept had been brought to After all, the V60 PHEV to meld the merits of diesel which excel at mile with the virtues of electric ideal for inner cities.

I m to report that the V60 PHEV t disappoint. There are drawbacks, as above. But for those who can afford the this really does like a small collection of cars all rolled into

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

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