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Motoring review: Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

Price: £43,775 (after £5,000 government Plug-In car grant)
Engine capacity: 2.4l turbo diesel, plus electric motor
Power output (bhp @ rpm): 212 @ 4,000, plus 69bhp electric
Top speed (mph): 143
0-60mph (seconds): 5.8
Fuel economy (mpg): 155.2
CO2 emissions (g/km): 48

The marketing blurb for the new Volvo V60 estate reads “Switch to pure Volvo”. My Volvo-loving mate James won’t be impressed, though. He had a second-hand 1990s Volvo 740 estate with two rear-facing seats (remember the fun you used to have in those?) back when we were at university. He was the drummer in a band that played progressive metal in fancy dress and he used his chunky wagon to cart his drums around. It was, he claimed, the perfect car for a university band.

James will undoubtedly hope that its new slogan means the Swedish firm (now Chinese-owned) is to return to its roots of making boxy estates that carry lots of stuff. James, you see, is a Volvo purist who thinks the firm lost its way under Ford (the previous owner) by producing dubiously sized estates. That’s why he likes to accidentally on purpose confuse modern Volvos with tiny Korean city cars – the sort of car that is unsuitable for carrying drum kits.
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