Volvo: What plug-in hybrids are available?

Volvo: What plug-in hybrids are available?

If you’re looking for a stylish high-quality PHEV, the Volvo range has plenty to offer.

Plug-in hybrids are a great option for those with smaller commutes but want the flexibility of having a petrol engine on standby for those longer journeys. 

They’ve become especially popular with the company car market too, thanks to their low CO2 emissions which helps to give them a low benefit-in-kind (BIK) percentage – meaning affordable company car tax bills. 

And a firm that’s right at the helm of plug-in hybrids is Volvo. It was the first to offer a PHEV derivative of all the models it sells, and it has one of the most comprehensive electrified line-ups of any manufacturer.

But what’s available? Here’s a quick look at Volvo’s range. 

S60 T8 – from £45,105

Electric range: 36-37 miles

BIK: 10 per cent

CO2 emissions: 38-48g/km

The compact executive market has various plug-in hybrid saloons, such as the Mercedes C300e and BMW 330e – and now, Volvo has an electrified version of its stylish S60. Producing 390bhp with the T8 powertrain, it’s impressively quick as well as efficient, managing 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds. A stylish Polestar Engineered trim also offers a sportier drive for £5,000 extra. 

S90  T8 – from £55,180

Electric range: 37 miles

BIK: 10 per cent

CO2 emissions: 44g/km

The S90 is Volvo’s first model to be sold only with plug-in hybrid powertrains, with the firm removing the petrol and diesel options from the range as part of an update in 2020. This BMW 5 Series-rivalling saloon has a high-quality interior and looks superb as well. 

V60 T6 – from £45,105

Electric range: 34-35 miles

BIK: 10 per cent

CO2 emissions: 41g/km

The V60 is the first Volvo to be available with a pair of PHEV powertrains, with a new T6 powertrain being introduced in 2020 as a more affordable and efficient option. It’s essentially the T8 powertrain, but the 2.0-litre petrol engine has been detuned by 50bhp to allow for lower running costs. 

V60 T8 – from £51,405

Electric range: 37 miles

BIK: 10 per cent

CO2 emissions: 50g/km

If you want something a little bit more powerful than the T6 PHEV in Volvo’s spacious V60 estate, you should consider the T8. With this model, it’s only available in a flagship Polestar Engineered grade, which brings sporty styling cues and performance enhancements to make it better to drive. In terms of performance, the T8 is 0.8 seconds quicker to 60mph – reaching it in 4.4 seconds. 

V90 T6 – from £55,180

Electric range: 36 miles

BIK: 10 per cent

CO2 emissions: 48g/km

Volvo is perhaps best-known for producing incredibly spacious estate cars, and Volvo’s largest wagon – the V90 – is definitely a car for those wanting maximum practicality and space, thanks to its 560-litre boot space. A T6 powertrain offers a great mix of efficiency and performance, and could be a very cheap model to run. 

XC40 T5 – from £40,905

Electric range: 28 miles

BIK: 12 per cent

CO2 emissions: 48g/km

Volvo’s newest plug-in hybrid offering is the XC40 T5 – an electrified derivative of its stylish and spacious SUV. This is also its first three-cylinder petrol-electric model, too, and is expected to be a big hit with company car users. With prices starting from £40,905 it’s also the most affordable Volvo PHEV. 

XC60 T6 – from £50,570

Electric range: 33 miles

BIK: 14 per cent

CO2 emissions: 55g/km

Volvo’s mid-size XC60 SUV is another to benefit  from the newly introduced T6 powertrain, and it makes the XC60 a credible rival to the BMW X3 xDrive30e and Audi Q5 TFSIe in the PHEV SUV market. 

XC60 T8 – from £57,595

Electric range: 28-32 miles

BIK: 14-17 per cent

CO2 emissions: 59-73g/km

If you fancy a bit more power in your XC60 plug-in hybrid, take a look at the punchier T8 option. You can choose it in a stylish R-Design Pro grade or a sporty Polestar Engineered model – the latter being 15bhp more powerful, and producing 399bhp in total. 

XC90 T8 – from £67,495

Electric range: 29-31 miles

BIK: 15-16 per cent

CO2 emissions: 63-69g/km

Volvo’s largest plug-in hybrid was also one of its first, with an electrified version of its flagship XC90. It’s one of very few plug-in hybrids available with seven seats, and offers a huge and spacious interior and strong performance.

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