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Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid - MPG, running costs & CO2

Every version of the Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid has excellent official economy and low CO2 emissions will appeal to company-car drivers

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While any car’s economy will be affected by how you drive it, that’s truer of the Volvo XC60 Recharge hybrid than it is of most models. Both the entry-level T6 and the more powerful T8 model have five driving modes: AWD, Pure, Hybrid, Power and Off Road. Select Pure and they’ll run on electric power only, giving you a theoretical range up to 33 miles. If you’re able to cover your commute within this distance (which, it should be noted, is a maximum figure), you’ll use no petrol at all.

Volvo XC60 Recharge plug-in hybrid MPG & CO2

Volvo quotes identical fuel economy figures for both the Recharge T6 and T8 models of 100.9 to 113mpg and CO2 emissions ranging from 55g/km to 64g/km. Pure-electric range for both cars is similar too, with a range of up to 33 miles possible in the T6, falling slightly to 32 miles in the T8. These figures may be possible to achieve if you’re really trying but during our test of the T8, we could only manage around 31mpg. True, we were driving it quickly rather than cautiously, but that’s a big disparity. Even in Pure mode, if you demand more performance than the 84bhp electric motor can provide, the 2.0-litre petrol engine will kick in, adversely affecting efficiency as it does so.

Opting for the sportier Recharge T8 Polestar Engineered version of the XC60 impacts efficiency over the standard model. Fuel economy falls to 85.6mpg, with emissions of 73g/km. Total pure-electric range is reduced as well, falling to 28 miles.

Those after a fast company car will find much to like about the XC60 Recharge, with low carbon-dioxide emissions of 56-65g/km placing both the T6 and T8 models into the lower Benefit-in-Kind bandings.

Road tax will be expensive, however: after the first year of tax (which is typically rolled into a car’s on-the-road price), every XC60 Recharge costs more than £40,000 meaning that in addition to the standard annual rate of £140 for hybrids, you’ll pay an extra £325 a year from years two to six, for a total annual bill of £465.

Battery charge time, range and capacity

Every Volvo XC60 Recharge has a 11.6kWh battery, which takes between two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half hours to fully charge up from a fast charger. While fast chargers are relatively simple and inexpensive to have installed at your home, with a conventional three-pin domestic plug the time rises to seven hours. The charging cable is stored under the boot floor and plugs into a flap on its nearside wing, with the batteries being replenished via the car’s on-board charger.

Warranty and battery warranty

While the XC60 Recharge itself has a fairly average three-year/60,000-mile warranty, Volvo guarantees the battery pack for eight years or 100,000 miles – whichever comes first.

Insurance group

As an expensive and powerful SUV, all versions of the XC60 Recharge are costly to insure. The T6 model sits in group 41, with the more powerful T8 placed in group 43. The T8 Polestar Engineered model is the most expensive, with a group 44 rating.

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