Hybrid technology looks set to stay – at least until the hydrogen fuel cell saves us all – with almost all major car manufacturers investing heavily in fuel efficient vehicles and battery powered motors. This can only be a good thing; better fuel efficiency means cheaper running costs, while electric motors significantly reduce exhaust emissions.
Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Tech
The V60 has two motors, a 212bhp D5 2.4-litre diesel at the front and a 69bhp electric motor mounted at the rear that can be plugged directly into the mains and charged just 4.5 hours.
Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid: Spec
- Engine: Automatic D5 2.4-litre diesel, 147lb ft electric
Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid: Performance
But how does it drive? T3 were granted exclusive access at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The V60 feels every inch the £47,000 luxury car. The cabin is spacious, comfortable and packed with tech. The large TFT dashboard displays battery charge, speed and the split between battery and diesel power while the drive buttons are mounted below the centre column.
Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid: Verdict
Even using electric the V60 doesn’t feel like an eco car. It has the power and acceleration to hold its own in busy traffic and the flexibility to plug in (driveway dependent) and top up on cheap fuel at the end of the day.
Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid availability: December 2012
Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid price: £47,000 (£42,000 with government incentive)
Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid review: Hands-on
Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid review: Hands-onT3
The Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid is an oxymoron; an efficient eco car that manages 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds. We hit the circuit to find out more
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