It won’t have escaped your word that from 2019 each new Volvo will include an electric powered motor to electricity it in a few manner or another – cars which include the XC60 T8, for example.
It’s a plug-in hybrid, or as Volvo grandly calls it, a ‘Twin Engine’ SUV. Of course, this isn’t the first plug-in hybrid that Volvo has made; there have been the marginally underwhelming V60 D5 and D6 estates, and extra lately the XC90 T8.
In fact, you may say the XC60 T8 is just a smaller version of the XC90 T8. Thanks to the Scalable Platform Architecture that first regarded on the XC90, this Volvo’s underpinnings and powertrain set-up are near enough identical to its massive brother’s.
So there’s a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that’s both awesome and turbocharged serving up 314bhp that drives the the front wheels, and there’s an 86bhp electric motor on the lower back riding the rears, all established to an eight-pace automatic gearbox.
In the XC60, although, the motor gets its strength from a 10.4kWh battery in place of the XC90’s 9.2kWh unit, and this automobile can journey up to 28 miles on pure electric powered alone.
Connect the XC60 up to a fast charger and it can be recharged in and a 1/2 hours. That jumps to among three and a 1/2and six hours if it’s plugged right into a domestic three-pin socket. CO2 emissions are 49g/km, at the same time as Volvo claims gas financial system of 134.5mpg.
Do the maths and you realise this SUV has 400bhp. It’s part of Volvo’s aim to make plug-in hybrids appear attractive to a larger quantity of buyers, and 400bhp and a 0-62mph time of 5.2 seconds are enticing statistics. But that’s handiest part of the story.
The trouble is the XC60 never feels as short as the ones numbers suggest. Switch to ‘Power’ in the drive mode selector and it’s truly fast and would supply a Jaguar F-Pace S or a Porsche Macan Turbo a fright in terms of acceleration, however there’s subsequent to no drama.
The trouble lies with the rest of the XC60 range, due to the fact even the diesel-powered D4 and D5 and petrol T5 are comfortable but no longer dynamically outstanding. They float alongside and are at the other cease of the premium small SUV section to wherein the BMW X3, Jag and Porsche sit.
Where the overly light and assisted guidance and pronounced body roll aren’t a problem for different XC60s in the variety, they may be for the T8 because its energy indicates it’s the overall performance model. Factor in grabby regenerative brakes and the T8 isn’t fun to force with enthusiasm. Attack some country roads and the car feels as even though it’s begging for it to give up and as a substitute settle all the way down to a mild cruise on a directly piece of tarmac.
Moreover, power the XC60 T8 with any power and the 28-mile electric poweredvariety will disappear extrafast than a tin of Quality Street on Christmas Day. Switch over to the ‘Pure’ (EV) mode and it’s hard to regulate range with power when in the back of the wheel.
With just 86bhp from the electrical motor and the small trouble of pulling a car weighing 2,115kg, the T8 quickly fires up the petrol engine to aid acceleration – and it does this a lot. You can, of course, ‘hold’ the battery’s price to be used later however then you’re the use of solely petrol electricity, which makes the T8 pretty uneconomical. ‘Hybrid’ is a better mode for the T8, even though, and the transfer among EV and petrol electricity is smoother.
You can also ‘rate’ up the auto at the move with the engine performing as a generator, however this is especially inefficient. In ‘Hybrid’ we handiest managed 31mpg – a miles cry from the laboratory-calculated 134.5mpg determine quoted.
It’s a shame due to the fact somewhere else the XC60 is a desirable automobile. The T8 is handiest to be had inside the range-topping trims – posh Inscription Pro or R-Design Pro. Our automobile became the latter and its competitive bodykit and big 21-inch alloys appearance the part, at the same time as on the inside, there are extra features consisting of part-leather and Alcantara sports activities seats and an Orrefors crystal gear lever.
This is on pinnacle of wonderful build quality, a clever and minimalist interior design, respectable rear area and boot room that’s on par with its rivals.