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Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid review: Hands-on

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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

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.

Annoyingly though, Hybrid cars – for all their worthiness – generally fail at the fun stuff. They cost very little to run, but don’t provide much in the way of driver experience. But Volvo thinks it’s about to change that with the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid – catchily dubbed the Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid.

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.

How green you go is entirely up to you as there are three distinct drive modes. Pure offers all electric emission free driving with an impressive top speed of 74mph and a range of 32miles. If you have a short commute, or only take the car to the supermarket you’ll go days without needing diesel.

Switch to Hybrid and the car will use battery power for pootling about, but if you need more revs, or are running low on electricity, the diesel engine kicks in. The result is a low emissions – just 49g/km – car that can cover up to 620miles on a single tank. As with other hybrids the diesel motor and braking charge the battery to around 40%, or 12.5miles range.

Hit the Power button and leave your eco-conscience on the kerb. By combining the 215hp of the diesel engine, 70hp and full 600Nm of torque from the electric the V60 can manage 0-62mph in just 6.2seconds. Naturally this can’t be sustained for long, but it is fun.
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