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Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid first drive review

The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid sports a 212bhp 2.4-litre turbodiesel driving the front wheels and a 69bhp electric motor driving the rears. It can travel up to 31 miles in pure electric mode.

In Ehybrid mode, the diesel and electric motors combine to deliver the most efficient progress. Or if you’re feeling a bit frisky, select Epower mode and the diesel and electric motors deliver everything they’ve got in the name of performance.

In hybrid or even pure electric mode, if your right foot demands more power than the battery can deliver on its own, the diesel fires up. However, if you treat the throttle as though there’s a hand grenade trapped under it, you can actually top out at 78mph on electricity alone.
What is it like?

Volvo has done a great job of improving the V60’s refinement, which was reportedly a bit rough in earlier prototypes. Now, the transition between pure electric motoring and diesel fire-up is almost imperceptible.


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