Volvo V60 PlugIn Hybrid Review

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Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid

When buying a car, usually have to choose a feeble eco model, a performance that costs an arm and a leg to run, or mundane in between, but not any more. The new V60 Plug-In Hybrid promises to the environmental and running cost of a lentil-burning eco wagon, the snarling of a sports car and the everyday usability of a estate.

Volvo claim V60, the world’s first Plug-In Hybrid is three in one, but is it a jack and master of all We headed up to not particularly sunny to put it through its paces in this look review.


The V60 Plug-In Hybrid looks no to the standard V60. Eagle-eyed may spot the electric charging above the front left arch, the subtle ‘Plug-In motif across the boot and the new aerodynamically-optimised 17-inch alloy but there’s very little to betray the fact it’s by a mixture of electrons and hydrocarbons. If the sort of person that to make a loud statement your eco wagon, you’re off buying a Prius. but we really the look of the understated but undeniably V60.

By the time you read Volvo will have a face-lifted 2013 version, features a more handsome end that plays host to new LED day lights and a larger grille. The and 2013 cars are identical from minor aesthetic


The Volvo V60 Plug-In is an estate, so it’s inherently Up front, the’s plenty of space in the door bins and a storage cubby. The glove isn’t particularly roomy, but you can some space by getting rid of the manual that occupies the as standard.

There’s ample in the rear for three passengers, we wouldn’t want to be sat in the slightly middle pew on long journeys.

The Volvo V60 never had a great of boot space and this Hybrid edition also in this regard because of the lithium-ion battery pack lives behind the rear It takes up a considerable amount of space, reducing room 430 litres to 305 litres, making it slightly larger than the you’d get in a Ford Fiesta. space increases to 1,126 with the rear seats down, but there’s a prominent in the boot, caused by the jutting pack, that may make some objects slightly

There’s a tiny amount of storage storage, but this is taken up by the car’s charging

The V60 Plug-In Hybrid does a couple of practicality advantages the standard V60. A pre-heater allows you to to warm the cabin on days using an integrated or via an app (iOS and Android versions are The app will also let you lock and the car remotely or honk the horn and the lights – useful if you can’t where you’ve parked the

The app will also tell you the car is on the move and how far it has been driven not its exact location) which is if you suspect your valet attendant might be taking

Performance Handling

The Volvo V60 Hybrid may be eco friendly, but that mean it’s slow. It its power from two sources – a twin-turbocharged ‘D5’ diesel supplying the front wheels 215hp and 440Nm of torque, and a electrical motor developing of torque at the rear wheels.

The car three driving modes – which allows it to run on electric-only for up to 31 miles; ‘hybrid’, which it run on electricity and diesel simultaneously or depending on the circumstances; and ‘power’, might caused weak-willed to lose their license.

In mode, the V60 Plug-In Hybrid hard from 0-62mph in 6.1 The throttle is incredibly responsive and the car is as as any high performance sports It’ll leave hot hatches for in a traffic light drag In fact, outside of dedicated cars, there’s very on the road that’ll keep

It’s not shy of cornering, either. The V60 Hybrid is 250kg heavier the ordinary V60 but it feels light on its thanks to light steering and a front to rear weight an improvement on the 60:40 split by the standard model.

That said, driving may struggle to enjoy the overall because piloting the V60 Plug-In is a bit like playing a computer – you rarely ever feel to the car. The electrically-operated steering, very responsive, offers no feedback and the braking system is numb. No matter how hard we it, we couldn’t help feeling the was akin to playing a video albeit one with hyper graphics and a very real of spinning off the road into a Scottish peat bog.


The Volvo V60 Plug-In has an electric-only range of 31 miles, so it can be primarily as an electric car. own mileage will vary, but on our tests (we drove 15 miles on only power and still had 12 miles of indicated range we believe that 31 miles is in the real world. A full takes 7.5, 4.5 or 3.5 hours on 6A, 10A and 16A respectively.

If you need a quick and dash’ charge, a 45 minute top up on a 10A will give you a six-mile  range.

Impressively, the car can be driven in mode without much to your driving style. you don’t apply much than half throttle is more than enough to up with the flow of traffic the impressive torque) it’ll in electric only mode it hits 70mph. It also has a if slightly gimmicky, ‘save’ that lets you run on diesel only (on a motorway, for example) retaining electric power for use.

Volvo’s marketing blurb tell you the V60 Plug-In Hybrid is of 150mpg. That number was using the New European Driving (NEDC) — a route is fairly unrepresentative of most driving habits. In reality, you can a far lower economy figure.

UK MD, Nick Connor, freely to getting 45mpg in his own V60 Plug-In which he uses without every night.

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We managed in the of 60mpg using the car for a mixture of and motorway driving, though to get the needle as low as 35mpg when around twisty B-roads in the mode. Fuel economy was around town with a charged battery to help the engine, but poor on long stretches, particularly with a low in tow. Your own mileage vary.

Equipment Value

The V60 Plug-In Hybrid is rather so it’s a good job it comes equipped. The car is only available in one – SE Lux Nav, and this features things you could wish As standard it ships with alloys, rain sensing active bending Xenon rear park assist, control, power driver with memory settings, an TFT with sat-nav and voice Bluetooth and a DAB radio.

There are plenty of options too, including a digital TV rear park assist and Volvo’s next-generation Sensus Touch app-based infotainment


Being a Volvo, the V60 Hybrid is as tough as nails. it has won the highest ever score for an car in EuroNCAP testing. The car features the ‘safety cage’ with zones made of various of high strength steel.

are inflatable curtain airbags protect the full length of the cabin, front side built into the seats and frontal airbags for the driver and The V60 Plug-In Hybrid also with a host of standard including City Safety, allows the car to brake automatically if it you’re about to crash a vehicle or person in front.

If incredibly paranoid, lazy or prone, you may want to go for the £1,850 Support pack, which collision warning with auto brake (this like City Safety at higher speeds), pedestrian and detection, adaptive cruise distance alert, queue (which allows the car to accelerate and almost by itself in traffic), departure warning, driver control (to warn you when you be getting drowsy) active beam, road sign blind spot information and traffic alert (which you when you’re in danger of with another object reversing out of a parking space).


Volvo’s ambition for the V60 Hybrid was to create three in one, and it has succeeded. None of cars is perfect, but the fact the is able to change its personality at the of a button makes it thoroughly to a wide variety of users. It all the benefits of a pure battery car, the grunt of a sports car depending on how it’s used, the low costs of a hybrid.

It certainly come cheap, and there are more focussed, cars in the but the V60 Plug-In Hybrid really is things to most people.


Model tested: Volvo V60 Hybrid

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