Try-We tested the dual personality of the 2018 Volvo xc60 t8 plug in hybrid that runs on weekday electricity and gasoline on weekends.
In early July, Volvo announced the launch of five purely electric models between 2019 and 2021, two of which will be high-performance vehicles built by its sports subsidiary Polestar. More importantly, the Swedish manufacturer added that from 2019 onwards, all models of the range, petrol, and diesel, will be offered in mild hybrid or rechargeable hybrid versions.
The final goal will be to stop selling Volvo without an electric motor. The mild hybrid is a lightweight and affordable hybridization, providing acceleration assistance to relieve the thermal engine to reduce consumption and co ² emissions. Suzuki already sells a comparable system for the Baleno, the Ignis, and the Swift. More efficient, the system developed by VOLVO will operate under 48 volts, like the one recently introduced by Audi in the new A8.
While awaiting the advent of the mild hybrid that OEMs qualify as a hybrid for all, Volvo is already launching a 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine with the rechargeable hybrid traction chain, inaugurated in 2015 by the Grand XC90. Since the compact XC60 was developed from the same SPA platform, this technology transfer was predictable and expected.
For companies wishing to turn the page of diesel, the refillable hybrid is indeed an interesting alternative. Provided that it emits less than 50 g/km, it has the enormous advantage of being exempted from life tax on company vehicles (TVS). For a power thermal model comparable to 2018 Volvo XC60 T8, its annual amount would easily exceed the €4,000. The particular customer will be sensitive to the ecological bonus of €1,000, as well as the possibility of access to city centers which will soon be closed to cars with thermal engines. In either case, the extra cost of having this technology that requires doubling the engines and their power remains high.
Between the T6 AWD and T8 Twin Engine versions of the XC60, the price difference varies from €11,180 to €13,200, depending on the finish. It remains that, in order to compare what is comparable, it is necessary, in France, to subtract €1,000 of bonuses for the T8 and €6,053 of Malus for the T6.
The hybrid version becomes more competitive, especially since its two engines can deliver a much higher power (407 HP instead of 321 hp). Another advantage is that it is equipped in series with the pneumatic suspension and the panoramic sunroof which are charged, respectively, €2,300 and €1,600 optional on the other versions.
The economic equation would, therefore, be favorable to the refillable hybrid, but it should be used in good condition. The good profile of the purchaser of 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 is that of a motorist who has a possibility of recharge at his home or in his workplace, and whose daily travel does not exceed thirty kilometers.
If Volvo reports an electrical autonomy of 45 kilometers, this value is as unrealistic as the 2.1 l/100 km and the 49 g/km recorded during the obsolete NEDC homologation cycle. To know the real figures, we then slipped, a week during, in the skin of an owner of XC60 T8.
On a 3 kWh terminal, the full charge takes 2 ½ hours. The onboard computer then indicates 40 kilometers of autonomy. In truth, in the best case, we did not exceed 35 kilometers, and in the worst, a monster traffic jam, only twenty. The battery continues to power the air conditioning, the pneumatic suspension and the multimedia system at the stop, it has prematurely declared package.
These exceptional circumstances aside, we went every day to the drafting of the Figaro without ever hearing the engine start. In addition to the economy realized, we took advantage of an exceptional walking silence that is not without influencing the driving. In Pure mode, the hybrid SUV invites to ride quietly. This is better because you have to avoid pedestrians and cyclists who do not hear you arrive.
If the 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 is overweight of about 250 kg, hoisting it among the rare compact SUV of more than 2 tons, the 240 Nm of torque of the electric motor is sufficient to start quickly at the green light. It should be noted that the engine in the rear, under the floor of the trunk, can propel the XC60 up to a maximum speed of 125 km/h.
At this rate, the thermal engine will not delay to take over to make you discover the other face of the XC60 T8. that of a compact SUV with the integral transmission which, thanks to a combined power of 407 HP, proves capable of accelerating 2018 Volvo xc60 t8 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds. This does not transform the XC60 into sports, but this power reserve is appreciable, especially to secure an overrun.
2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Specifications
Engine: 4 cyl. Turbo + compressor Petrol 1969 cm3, + 2 electric motors
Power: Combined 407 hp (320 hp + 65 KW)
Transmission: Integral or power supply, 8-speed auto Box
Dimensions (L/w/h): 4.688/1.902/1.658 mm
Chest: 468/1.395 DM3
Weight: 2,115 kg
Speed: 230 km/h (125 km/h in electric)
0 to 100 km/h: 5.3 S
NEDC consumption: 2.1 L/100 km
CO ² emissions: 49 g/km
Price: From €70,300
Even with its 4-cylinder 2-litre supercharged (compressor + Turbo), the Volvo SUV remains surprisingly silent. Add a techno and refined atmosphere similar to that of the XC90, and you get a level of comfort and well being remarkable. We just regretted a lack of filtration of the suspension on the small irregularities of the road at low speed, peculiar to the pneumatic springs.
Between ventilated and massaging seats whose ergonomics are perfect, the silence of walking, the possibility of a semi autonomous piloting and the excellent installation Hi-Fi Bowers & Wilkins, the trip is very pleasant. We get to regret the pump stops too frequently. When the battery is empty, the 2018 volvo xc60 t8 range requires 10 L/100 km. And, since the T8 reservoir contains only 50 liters, autonomy is felt.
The electric motor and its power electronics started the volume of the 10-litre tank and the trunk of 37 dm3. Thus, in our test car, the place under the floor assigned to the power cable was occupied by the regulatory triangle, forcing us to put it in a corner of the trunk. The battery of 10.4 KWH is, it, concealed in the central tunnel that divides the cockpit. This explains in passing the disappearance of the original floating central console.
In the Premium SUV clan, the XC60 stands out from its German rivals, preferring comfort. By being also one of the few to offer a rechargeable hybrid motorization. For the time being, only the Mercedes GLC 350th gives it the replica, but the new generations of the Audi Q5 and the BMW x 3 are also preparing for electrification. Not to mention, the French side, the DS7 Crossback, which will inaugurate, in 2019, the rechargeable hybrid traction chain of the PSA group.