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VOLVO XC90 ESTATE

2.0 T8 Recharge PHEV Inscription Pro 5dr AWD Auto

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Key Info

Optional Extras

Technical Data

Review

Key Features

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Top Speed
Top Speed112mph

Driver Convenience

  • 12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display
  • 9" centre console portrait touch screen
  • Adjustable steering wheel force
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection
  • Drive mode settings
  • Driver alert control with lane keeping aid
  • Handsfree power tailgate opening and closing
  • Intellisafe assist - Adaptive cruise control with pilot assist
  • Oncoming Lane Mitigation
  • Sensus navigation with European mapping and traffic information
  • Service interval indicator
  • Speed limiter
  • Speed sensitive steering
  • Trip computer
  • Voice activated control for key functions
  • Volvo on call
  • Wireless internet connection

Entertainment

  • DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting)
  • Steering wheel remote infotainment controls

Exterior Features

  • Active bending headlights with adaptive shadow technology
  • Adaptive brake lights with high level LED brake lights
  • Auto dimming interior + exterior mirrors
  • Automatic headlight levelling system
  • Automatic LED Headlights + Active high beam incorporating daytime running lights
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Chrome door handles deco strip and window surround
  • Chrome lower side moulding trim with Inscription logo
  • Colour coordinated auto folding and heated power door mirrors
  • Dual integrated exhaust pipes
  • Front and rear power windows
  • Full width chrome detailing strip rear bumper
  • Heated washer nozzles
  • Home safe and approach lighting
  • Integrated roof rails in silver
  • Matt silver front grille with chrome detailing
  • Puddle lights
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper activation
  • Rear wash/wipe with intermittent wipe setting
  • Recharge aluminium tread plates
  • Recharging port located in nearside front wing
  • Roof antenna
  • Roof spoiler
  • Visible VIN plate

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in front + rear tunnel console, rear passenger compartment and cargo area
  • 2nd Row centre armrest with storage and cupholders
  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel and illuminated gear knob with chrome trim
  • 4 Zone electronic climate control + cooled glovebox
  • Air conditioning for 3rd row of seats
  • Ambient door and instrument panel lighting
  • Auxiliary fuel fired heater with pre conditioning functions
  • B Pillar ventilation
  • Bright metal luggage threshold
  • Cargo divider with grocery bag holder
  • Centre console cupholders and storage
  • Charge cable bag
  • Driver's side lower dashboard storage compartment
  • Front and rear door pocket and front cupholder illumination
  • Front footwell and side step illumination
  • Front headrests
  • Front seat backrest massage
  • Front seat cushion extension and power adjustable front seats side support
  • Heated front seats
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Illuminated tailgate
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors + ticket holder
  • Illumination lockable glovebox compartment
  • Integrated sun curtains in rear doors
  • Load protection net
  • Luxury floor mats
  • Multicolour theatre lighting
  • Nappa Leather Key Integrated Remote
  • Orrefors Crystal Gear Lever Knob
  • Outboard armrest with cupholder and storage for third row passengers
  • Passenger seat electric height adjuster
  • Passenger seat lumbar support
  • Perforated and ventilated nappa soft leather upholstery
  • Power driver seat with multi directional lumbar support and memory for seat and exterior mirrors
  • Power folding 2nd row headrests
  • Rear footwell and side step illumination
  • Rear headrests
  • Semi automatic load cover
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Three 2nd row individual folding passenger seats with fore/aft adjustment
  • Two 3rd row individual folding passenger seats
  • Underfloor cargo storage

Safety

  • 7 three point seatbelts
  • City safety includes pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection and front collision warning with full auto brake
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • First aid kit
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Front seats SIPS airbags
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill start assist
  • IC (Inflatable Curtains) - Full Length
  • Passenger airbag cut-off switch
  • Power parking brake with auto hold function
  • Run off Road Mitigation
  • Run off Road Protection
  • Seatbelt reminder and pretensioners for all seats
  • SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)
  • Slippery road and hazard light alert
  • Stability and Traction Control with Spin control, Engine Drag Control and Corner Traction Control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Vehicle deceleration control with Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist
  • Warning triangle
  • WHIPS whiplash protection system - front

Security

  • Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor
  • Key integrated remote control central locking + fuel flap with deadlocking system and auto open/close power windows
  • Keyless drive (includes keyless entry and keyless start) with remote tag
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Private locking for glovebox and tailgate

Technical

  • 8 speed automatic transmission with start/stop + manual change functions
  • Active four C chassis - four corner adaptive dampers with electronic air suspension
  • Electric rear axle drive
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Touring chassis

Trim

  • Tailored instrument panel and door tops

Wheels

  • Tyre sealant kit + 12v compressor

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Trim

Wheels

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    11.6
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Max
    38
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Min
    43
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    23.6
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    26.7
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max
    18.6
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min
    16.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max
    3.4
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min
    3.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    48
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max
    44
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min
    49
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    30
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    27.3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    30.4

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    67
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max
    76
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min
    61

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1969
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    3.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    2.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max
    83.1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min
    100.9

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    303
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    T8 Recharge PHEV
  • Coin Series
    Inscription Pro
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    45E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    8
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    5.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    303
  • Engine Power - KW
    223
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    295
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    40.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    400
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2200
  • Top Speed
    112

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    275/40 R21
  • Tyre Size Rear
    275/40 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    8 MULTI SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    21" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1776
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4953
  • Wheelbase
    2984
  • Width
    2008
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2140

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    70
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2980
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1816
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    316
  • Max. Loading Weight
    730
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2400
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2250
  • No. of Seats
    7
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.8

Volvo's XC90 showcases cutting edge technology in Recharge T8 plug-in hybrid guise. Jonathan Crouch drives it out in improved form.

Background

The second generation XC90 was a car that fans of the brand anticipated impatiently and what we got when it arrived was worth the wait. Absolutely everything about this MK2 model was fundamentally new and engineered to set fresh class standards. Nowhere is this more evident than with the Recharge T8 Plug-in hybrid petrol/electric variant we're going to look at here. Here, you get the potential of supermini-style running costs. On top of that, there's the sort of proper full-sized seven-seat versatility that few rivals can credibly offer and the kind of cool, authentic Scandinavian charm we haven't really seen from a new Volvo in a very long time. It all sounds promising doesn't it? Time to put this car to the test.

Driving Experience

The 'Recharge T8' badging applied to this car denotes its petrol/electric powertrain and plug-in hybrid usability. In fact there are three engines if you're going to be pedantic about it and count the 25bhp starter motor/generator that pitches in from time to time to smooth any gaps in torque delivery between the two main power sources. One of these is the 303hp turbocharged/supercharged petrol unit borrowed from the old conventional T6 model that drives the front wheels. In an XC90 T8 though, it's assisted by a separate engine at the back, an 87bhp electric motor powered by a battery pack neatly packaged away in the transmission tunnel. It's all enough to deliver a set of stats that it's rather hard to get your head around. So, 386hp and 62mph from rest in just 5.8s - the kind of storming performance you'd get in this segment from, say, a Porsche Cayenne S - matched with real world fuel and CO2 readings that could potentially equal those of a frugal supermini. That's assuming you select the most performance-orientated of the five driving settings that T8 owners are offered - the 'Power' mode that sees both petrol and electric units permanently working together. Alternatively, there are four other drive choices: a 'Hybrid' setting that sees the two engines cutting in and out as necessary: an 'AWD' mode that gives you permanent 4x4 traction off road: plus a 'Pure electric' setting that only uses the battery power and can take you up to 30.4 miles (more than most people's daily commuting distance) on a single charge. There's even a 'Save' option so that on a longer trip, you can hold that charge until you get to the city driving you might have to do at the end of the journey.

Design and Build

The look of this second generation XC90, according to its exterior design manager Anders Gunnarson, needed to be 'timeless'. If, like its predecessor, its model life must stretch across the decades, then you can certainly see why. Hence the considerable depth of thought that's clearly gone into a sense of style reflective of brand values both old and new. So many large luxury SUVs appear bulky and intimidating: this isn't one of them. On the outside, this refreshed XC90 offers subtle upgrades to the original award-winning exterior design, such as new wheels, exterior colours and a revised front grille, among other details. Otherwise, things are much as before, with a sculpted bonnet flowing into LED front headlights with a distinctive so-called 'Hammer of Thor' design. Up-front, the cabin is simple, elegant, very uncluttered and dominated by a huge infotainment colour touchscreen that's presented portrait-style on the centre console. We like the technical niceties too: the CleanZone interior air quality system for example. This automatically switches to recirculation mode if outside conditions change - say in a polluted city centre or when you enter a smoky tunnel. Middle row passengers get individual seats that slide and recline for greater comfort on longer journeys. And even third row folk get decent standards of space. Unlike a rival Audi Q7 TFSIe, you can have third row seating in this XC90 T8 model. Out back, there's 397-litres of luggage space with all the seats in place, or 775-litres up to the windowline with the third row folded.

Market and Model

The on the road price of this Recharge T8 Plug-in hybrid model lists from around £67,000. That means you can expect to pay a premium of around £9,000 over the comparable B5 diesel version. The range starts with 'Inscription Expression' trim, after which there are two main spec levels, 'R-Design' and 'Inscription', with iterim 'Pro' variants of each also available. Standard equipment levels are comprehensive. All models get smart alloy wheels of at least 19-inches in size, plus LED headlights that at night can bend with the road and dip themselves automatically. You also get roof rails, rear parking sensors, auto headlamps and wipers and a power-operated tailgate. Inside, there's full leather trim and a powered driver's seat, 2-Zone Electronic Climate Control and a clever 'Sensus Connect' infotainment system you activate via a large 9-inch centre console touchscreen. From here (or via voice control), you can access a 10-speaker 330-watt High Performance Sound system with DAB digital radio. Plus there's a 'Sensus Navigation' system with Traffic Information and European mapping, plus, as you'd expect, Bluetooth 'phone compatibility and USB and aux-in ports. XC90 safety gear includes a run off-road protection package which tightens seatbelts and activates energy-absorbing technology in the seats when the car detects challenging terrain ahead. Another system is the auto-braking feature, which cuts in if a driver pulls out in front of oncoming traffic. Both safety systems aim to bring Volvo closer to its vision of nobody being seriously injured or killed in any of its vehicles by this century's third decade.

Cost of Ownership

As part of the changes made to this updated MK2 XC90 line-up, Volvo introduced a higher-capacity battery to this T8 variant, which enhanced its all-electric driving range by around 15%, so it's up from 22 to 30.4 miles - a useful increase. Theoretically then, you could use an XC90 T8 every day without ever visiting a fuel station unless you needed to undertake a longer trip. That's assuming of course that you keep the lithium-ion battery fully charged. That'll take a little longer than before thanks to the bigger battery. Owners can buy a wallbox from Volvo that will charge their cars on 16-amp power in about three hours. If you're out and about and find a 10-amp pubic charging point, the needed time will be slightly lengthier - around four hours - while connecting up to a normal domestic three-pin 6-amp supply will take eight hours. Ultimately, to justify this T8 model's price premium over the conventionally-engined variants in the range, you really have to try and plug it in at every opportunity, otherwise you'll simply find yourself running a heavy petrol-powered SUV. And one that will need more frequent refuelling than more conventional XC90 derivatives because its fuel tank size falls from 71 to 50-litres due to the need to make space for the hybrid powertrain and the battery. If on the move, you want to prioritise all-electric progress, you can select a 'Pure' driving mode that prioritises electric-only operation and would be useful in an urban environment. In everyday use though, most T8 owners will be driving in the 'Hybrid' mode that the car's powertrain automatically defaults to, a setting in which the vehicle will automatically alternate between petrol and electric power - and the basis for a faintly incredible-sounding set of WLTP-rated running cost figures: up to 104.5mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and up to 61g/km of CO2. A 'Driver Performance' option on the centre-dash screen graphically shows how frugally you've been driving your XC90 and on this T8 model, also includes an interactive graphic showing what's currently being powered by what. While we can't imagine any XC90 T8 owner ever actually achieving the brand's officially-quoted returns, the important thing is that the government believes them, so business users will be able to write down as much as 100% of the cost of this car against their tax liability. And a 40% tax payer could be driving an XC90 T8 while incurring a 16% BIK tax bill that would be way less than half of what they would pay for a conventional diesel-powered large luxury SUV in this class. If you're a business buyer browsing in this segment, these are figures that'll reward a bit of thought if you're just about to blindly sign on the dotted line for a conventional diesel model.

Summary

Volvo seems to be flourishing under foreign ownership and this Recharge T8 Plug-in hybrid XC90 model is a good example of why. You might have expected Chinese company control to stifle the company's Scandinavian character. Instead, what we've been given here is a return to Swedish charisma and an emphasis on all the things that the Gothenburg brand does best - cool restrained style, real-world practicality and class-leading safety. Of course, this Volvo's not perfect. There are still sharper-handling choices and more capable off roaders in this sector. In balancing these virtues though, this XC90 sets its own class standard and in doing so, establishes a family benchmark amongst luxury SUVs that rivals will struggle to match. Add in the astonishingly low running costs that come with Plug-in hybrid technology and it's a difficult formula to resist if you're shopping in this segment. Company founders Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson would have liked this car. More importantly though, if you're shopping in this segment, we think you will too.

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