Volvo recently announced that their award-winning XC60 mid-size SUV is now available with a full range of electrified powertrains and is being offered purely with hybrid power, from mild-hybrid petrol and diesel models to petrol-electric plug-in hybrids.
All mild-hybrid models in the XC60 range are fitted with a powerful 2.0-litre engine as well as a 48-volt battery and KERS kinetic energy recovery system to help reduce fuel consumption and improve driveability and response, particularly at low speeds. An integrated starter generator also provides a much quieter and faster restarting of the engine.
The set-up of the mild-hybrid can be combined with front-wheel drive in the 197hp B4 diesel and 250hp B5 petrol format giving the best efficiency. Alternatively, with all-wheel-drive engaged, you get extra stability and security, especially in slippery winter conditions. Both the 235hp B5 diesel and 300hp B6 petrol mild-hybrids are fitted exclusively with all-wheel drive systems.
Three plug-in hybrid powertrains are available on the XC60 which combine a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that drives the front wheels and an electric motor that powers the rear wheels, giving the plug-in hybrid not only exceptional efficiency but also the reassurance of all-wheel drive in tricky driving conditions.
The entry-level plug-in in the range is the XC60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T6, which produces a total of 340hp from its petrol engine and electric motor, giving the car a reassuring amount of power when its needed. The high-voltage battery also enables it to travel up to 32 miles on pure electric power, producing zero emissions, ideal for a trip to local shops.
The CO2 emissions from 55g/km are the lowest of any XC60, while WLTP Combined fuel economy is up to 113.0mpg. It also sits in the 14% BIK band for company car tax, making it a cost-effective and perfect choice for company car drivers concerned about the environment and their pocket.
The next level up is the Recharge Plug-in Hybrid, priced at £50,695 on-the-road, making a plug-in hybrid XC60 more accessible than before. Next in the range is the 390hp Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T8. Then at the top of the range is the 405hp Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T8 Polestar Engineered, which has a series of powertrain, suspension and brake options, making it the most dynamic and powerful of all the XC60s currently available.
Every plug-in hybrid XC60 comes fitted with a 11.6kWh high-voltage battery that can be fully recharged in just two and a half hours.
Steve Beattie, Volvo Car UK Head of Sales, said:
“The XC60 has always had the perfect blend of luxury, technology and safety, and now, thanks to the latest advanced hybrid powertrains, it has broader appeal for both private buyers and company car drivers.
“A larger range of economical and powerful engines means there is an XC60 for every premium mid-size SUV buyer.”
Prices start from £40,460 on-the-road and for more information on the Volvo XC60 range, please visit www.volvocars.co.uk
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a member of The Guild of Motoring Writers, professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of Volvo Cars