Under new Chinese ownership, Volvo is going from strength to strength. If the latest XC90 range, especially in PHEV guise, is any indicator of Volvo’s future, then it is very rosy indeed.

Current PHEV range:

V60 Electric Diesel

The 2015 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid R-Design

The purchase price of this very expensive car will more than likely offset any fuel savings. The CO2 rating is 48g/km and the claimed values are: electric-only range of 32 miles, economy of 155mpg, 0-62mph time of 6.2sec. A fuel tank of 45 litres and a more representative fuel consumption guess of 45mpg the car should deliver a range of 450 miles.

XC90 T8

The new Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid driven in Tarragona, Spain

Volvo’s new star, with this model garnering 20% of early UK sales of the XC90. The figures bear repeating, with this petrol powered car developing 318bhp and 295lb/ft to push it from 0 to 62mph in just 5.6 seconds and on to 140 mph. Yet the emissions are only 49 g/km with a claimed economy of 134.5mpg. Obviously the latter is way off when covering large distances, so the 50 litre fuel tank should ‘only’ manage a range of 460 miles at a more reasonable estimated 42mpg; this low estimate being partially due to the poor electric-only range of about 16 miles.

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