Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine Phev Review

Electric Car Experts review the Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine

Look and Living

volvo xc60 t8 twin engine side

The family size SUV Volvo XC60 T8 twin engine is Volvo’s entry into the EV market. Approaching the car it is unmistakably a Volvo. The familiar front grill and the new ‘T-lights’ first featured on it’s sibling, the Volvo XC90. It has a more rounded front than when first launched which I find pleasing to the eye. The view from the side is also quite sleek for an SUV. The rear view is tidy and looks compact for a car of this size. The charging socket for this PHEV is on the front left wing with the petrol filler cap being at the rear right.

The Volvo XC60 T8 twin engine is a mid size SUV, comparable to the BMW X3 or Audi Q5. Inside there volvo xc60 t8 dashboardis plenty of space for 5 adults. The finish in this example, the Inscription, was very high. The leather upholstery was very soft and the seats comfortable with plenty of adjustment. The instrumentation was very clear with 100% LED driver instruments and a large touchscreen in the centre console, both with high definition. The steering wheel has a chunky soft leather feel to it which was sporty. It also features the usual controls, phone, volume, etc. However I found the black plastic inlays in the steering wheel let down the overall appearance.

Entertainment

The touchscreen control panel was very clear with its HD screen. The satellite navigation was excellent, showing charging stations and adapting journeys for charging stops.

Entertainment is provided through the DAB radio or apple car play/android auto. The standard speaker system is more than adequate with great sound throughout the cabin.

Fit and finish throughout the cabin is excellent. Storage is good with a in-armrest compartment, glove box and door pockets. Overall the finish is high quality, although the glass ‘crystal’ gear selector is a bit odd and not to my taste.

Look and Living 8.5/10

Technology

The Volvo XC60 T8 is highly specified. The 9 inch centre display is a work of art. The HD glass touch screen is stunning in its clarity. The sat-nav is extremely clear and easy to use. Entertainment, as mentioned above include, DAB, apple car play, android auto and Spotify in-car app.

centre screen volvo xc60 T8Driver aids include cruise control with driver assist. The system includes camera and radar technologies which regulates speed and direction. With a combination of automatic acceleration, braking and steering it makes staying-in-lane and negotiating stop-start traffic easy. You  can drive down the motorway only touching the steering wheel every few minutes.

The 360 degree camera and kerbside cameras give great visibility and makes parking a breeze.

The Volvo XC60 T8 has many innovative safety features. The Oncoming Mitigation by Braking is a Volvo safety world first that can detect if a vehicle heads straight towards your car on the wrong side of the road. If a collision can’t be avoided, it will brake your car automatically to further help reduce the effects of an impact.

Other safety features include;

  • Oncoming lane mitigation, which warns against straying into oncoming traffic.
  • Distance alert, which gives a warning when you are too close to the vehicle in front.
  • City safety with steering support, helps to avoid collisions and accidents in city driving.
  • Road sign information.
  • Driver alert control, checks the driver is alert by comparing current to normalised driving style.
  • Automatic braking after a collision, brakes automatically when the safety belt pre-tensions or an airbag are activated.

There are other safety features in addition to the above which makes the Volvo XC60 T8 one of the safest vehicles on the road. Safety not just for the occupants but also other road users and pedestrians.

Technology 9/10

Performance and Drive

With a combined power output of 407bhp (2.0 petrol engine 320bhp, electric motor 87bhp) the Volvo XC60 T8 is a very quick car. 0-62mph comes up in 5.2seconds and speed tops out at 140mph. The petrol engine powers the front wheels with the electric motor powering the rear. It is imperceptible to determine where the power is coming from when driving the car. The driver information does show when electric only is being used and the range remaining.

The driver can choose the driving mode, hybrid, electric only and petrol only (battery saving mode). The electric only mode is quite disappointing with a real life range of only around 20 miles.

Although it is an SUV it handles very well, not too different from a normal car. With the battery pack central and low it gives the car a low centre of gravity. Cornering is sharp which is unusual for an SUV, with minimum body roll. The seats offer good support and are very comfortable, as expected with a Volvo.

The real joy in a hybrid is the immediate availability of power at all speeds. At low speeds the electric motor is instant and gets you a away quickly. At higher revs the petrol engine takes over and with 320bhp and 400Nm the Volvo XC60 T8 has plenty of zip.

Performance and drive 9/10

Range, charging and greenness

Like all hybrids the Volvo XC60 T8 has good range, the combined range being 350 miles. Volvo quotes 28 miles for electric only and 134 mpg in hybrid mode. The model we drove achieved around 20 miles in electric only mode and after a few thousand miles was averaging a little over 30mpg.

Charging the 10.4 kw  battery of the Volvo XC60 T8 will take around 8 hours or an overnight charge.

C02 output of 52 is above average for a hybrid but about right for a hybrid SUV. This puts it in category 3 for government grants and if you spec it below £60,000 will attract a £2,500 grant.

Lets be honest though hybrid SUV’s are more about savings on Company Car Tax than saving the environment.

Range, charging and greenness 6/10.

Specification and Extras

The Volvo XC60 T8 comes in four models starting with the R-type. All are very well specified and need little additions. The extras however are expensive when added.

The base model R-type XC60 T8 starts at £53,870.

Specification and extras 8/10

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Manufacturer’s Max Electric Range
28 Miles
Manufacturer’s Max Combined Range
350 Miles
CO2 – Electric Mode
0.00 g/KM
CO2 – Combined Mode
52 g/KM
Price From
£ 53,870
Battery Warranty
10 Years
150,000 miles
Vehicle Warranty
3 Years
60,000 Miles
7.9 Total Score
Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine

One of the safest cars on the market the XC60 T8 has an array of driver aids. With a combined power of 407bhp it also packs a punch and is a superb family SUV.

Look and Living
8.5
Technology
9
Performance and Drive
9
Range, Charging and Greenness
6
Specifications and Extras
8
Reliability, Safety and Security
7
PROS
  • Performance
  • Power
  • Room
  • Safety
  • Style
  • Finish
CONS
  • Electric only range
  • Real life fuel consumption
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