Summary This Volvo V60 is a clever combination of conventional diesel power and a plug-in hybrid module that delivers on some if not all of its promises. Thankfully, the V60 T8's stopping power isn't quite as jerky as the S60 Polestar Engineered's, with its more powerful Brembo setup. What you get for your Money: Your £48,775 does buy you a conscience-salving tax-dodger that delivers partially on Volvo's claims. In a world first, City Safety now also engages autobraking to mitigate oncoming collisions. Not only that, but it falls into the lowest benefit-in-kind rate for company car drivers at just 5 per cent plus it qualifies for 100 per cent first year writing down allowance.
Shown here are some of the car's storage spaces. This is common in the auto industry, as it's far more economical to ship journalists to cars than to ship cars to journalists. Press the button for Approach lighting on the remote control key - the combined instrument panel then shows the remaining charging time. The V60 itself is a fantastic car. The conventional bit of the car can be refuelled by a diesel pump, the electric bit can be recharged by plugging it in to the mains electricity supply. There's a noticeable lack of bite as you hit the brake pedal; the initial regenerative braking is vague in its response.
All registered in England and Wales. The car's total range is up to 1,200 kilometres 750 mi. The former might well be possible, but the latter could prove more tricky. Select a main source e. Give a short press to activate the system. Driving an electric car is not something that is new to us, but driving a Volvo estate in complete silence is still somewhat weird.
The vehicle was first released in Autumn 2010, facelifted in 2014, and is in its second generation since 2018. There is one hugely irritating feature on the V60, and this is common on many Volvos. Vauxhall has its Ampera — a range extended electric car with a petrol engine working as a generator — while Toyota has developed the Prius Plug-in, which can travel for around 15 miles on pure electric before turning back into a traditional petrol electric hybrid. The 155mpg figure obviously needs to be taken with a large pinch of salt. The good news is nothing about the T8 powertrain affects the V60's excellent ride and handling characteristics, and the extra weight of the motor and battery over the rear axle gives it a slightly more planted feeling while cornering. The electric element of the drivetrain - and the necessary additional strengthening in the chassis - doesn't just eat into boot space, but the conventional fuel tank too.
The second generation V60 was launched in 2018 based on the. Refuel as soon as possible. Memory buttons for power seat. Volvo expects to achieve an of up to 50 km 31 mi , and a of 124 1. However it does have a few tricks up its sleeve. Volvo The brakes are another big weak point, as Volvo still hasn't quite nailed the symbiotic relationship between the mechanical and regenerative stopping power.
The City Safety with Autobrake technology uses automatic braking and detection systems to assist the driver in avoiding potential collisions, and is the only system on the market to recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. Volvo Cars of North America. Now Volvo has joined the party with the V60 Plug-In Hybrid. An added benefit to the T8 Twin Engine powertrain is the ability to run on electric power for short amounts of time. How do I connect an external audio device? Every time you start the car it defaults to warning you when you drive near any white lines in the centre of the road. Volvo Cars of North America. A total of 42 units were sold in Sweden in 2012.
Volvo's European data says the heaviest V60 T8 tips the scales at 4,569 pounds, which is 367 pounds heavier than an all-wheel-drive V60 T6. The V60 Plug in Hybrid features a six speed automatic transmission and the front wheels are driven by a five-cylinder 2. At £43,775 after the £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant discount, the V60 Plug-in Hybrid may seem expensive, but how many other cars can you think of that offer 30 miles of zero tailpipe emission electric-only driving, no range limitations, levels of performance that offer serious fun, lots of space, refinement and luxury, and the traction advantages of four-wheel drive? It is sold in both North American and European markets, and comes standard with in North America. It's certainly two cars in one, the ability to save electric power and drive it on pure electric mode is impressive. The V60 has two motors: a normal D5 2. They're fine in a city or if you don't need to go long distances — but unless you have a second car for longer journeys, most people will find these restrictions too much.
Indeed, the only visual identifiers that this is something a little bit more futuristically powered are the unique wheels, an additional 'filler' cap on the front wing and a relatively subtle strip along the boot lid with 'Plug-in Hybrid' on it. Such cars should always be rear-wheel drive, or if not, then four-wheel drive. Volvo Editors' note: Travel costs related to this feature were covered by the manufacturer. How do I regulate the temperature? The interaction between diesel and electric power is handled via a control system, and the driver has the option to choose the preferred driving mode via three buttons on the instrument panel: Pure, Hybrid and Power. While Roadshow accepts multiday vehicle loans from manufacturers in order to provide scored editorial reviews, all scored vehicle reviews are completed on our turf and on our terms. Do so and this green-leaning estate will reach 62mph in 6.
The electric motor drives the rear wheels, while the diesel engine delivers its power to the front, making it four-, rear-, or front-wheel drive depending upon which mode you're driving it in. Exterior changes are subtle, but include redesigned bumpers and more aerodynamic alloys wheels as well as what looks like a fuel filler on the passenger side front wing, which is where the charging cord plugs in. The beefiness does help to make the V60 a composed and solid long-distance motorway cruiser. Volvo also fits a more fuel efficient diesel engine instead of a petrol, which will ensure the strong eco credentials continue when the batteries are flat, too. All of which leaves the not-so-tiny problem of the price. It's called the V60 T8 Twin Engine, but Volvo isn't planning to offer it in the United States. It's one of the prettiest wagons on sale anywhere, and I love its nicely appointed, handsome interior.