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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 when there's enough charge in the battery, giving you a theoretical range up to 47 miles. If you’re able to cover your commute within this distance (which, it should be noted, is a maximum figure), you’ll use barely any petrol at all.

Volvo XC60 Recharge plug-in hybrid MPG & CO2

Volvo quotes fuel economy figures of 217 to 313.4mpg for the Recharge T6 and 217 to 282.1mpg for the T8 model. CO2 emissions range from 22g/km to 30g/km. These figures may be possible to achieve if you’re able to use electric power most of the time, but they’ll quickly decrease if you drive with an empty battery. Pure electric range for both cars is very similar, with a range of up to 50.3 miles possible in the T6, falling slightly to 49.7 miles in the T8. Even in Pure mode, if you demand more performance than the electric motor can provide, the 2.0-litre petrol engine will eventually kick in, adversely affecting efficiency as it does so.

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Those after a fast company car will find much to like about the XC60 Recharge, with low carbon-dioxide emissions placing both the T6 and T8 models into the lower Benefit-in-Kind bandings, although it will still be more expensive in this regard than an all-electric BMW iX3 or Mercedes EQB.

Road tax (VED) 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, incurring a luxury car surcharge from years two to six, for a hefty annual bill.

Battery charge time, range and capacity

Every Volvo XC60 Recharge has a 14.7kWh battery, which takes between three to seven hours to fully charge up, depending on the power supply. While fast chargers are relatively simple and inexpensive to have installed at your home, using a conventional three-pin domestic plug sees the charging time increase 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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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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