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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Test Drive Review

As well as being the most technically advanced Volvo the firm says it has ever produced, the new V60 is the first plug-in diesel hybrid to hit the market.

Capable of running for up to 31 miles on electric power, it then switches to a diesel-hybrid combination of 215hp engine and electric motor recharged through brake regeneration, as is the case with other hybrids such as Toyota’s Prius or the Citroen DS5. The official figures for the V60 Plug-in Hybrid are 48g/km and 155.2mpg, although this is entirely dependent on individual usage patterns, insists Volvo.

The electric motor powers the rear wheels and the diesel the front, offering the benefit of four-wheel drive traction.

Coming as one well-equipped model, the plug-in costs, after the £5000 Government subsidy, around £7000 more than a top-spec D5 all-wheel drive V60.

On start-up, the Plug-in reverts as a default to hybrid mode, where the car switches automatically between the most efficient combination of diesel and electric power, but it can also be switched to either Pure mode, which runs solely on electric until the battery is drained, or Power, where all combined 280hp is available at once.

As is the case with most of the new breed of technologically advanced electric and plug-in hybrid cars, the driving experience is little different from a regular internal combustion engine, and to the uninitiated it’ll be like driving any other Volvo, save for the lack of noise when running on the electric motor.


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