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7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Volvo V60 Hybrid

£23,090£52,470
7/10
Overall verdict
As green as cars get these days, the V60 Plug-in has the best of both worlds – pace and economy.
 

For: 

Extremely clean engine emissions, massive range, beautiful interior

Against: 

Diesel rattle, boot has got even smaller

Overview

What is it?

Volvo is famous for safety and is aiming for no-one to be injured or killed in one of its cars by 2020. Now, though, it has another ‘zero’ aim – zero emissions from its cars too. The former might well be possible, but the latter could prove more tricky. Still, the Swedes are having a go, with the launch of their first plug-in hybrid, the V60 - freshly facelifted for 2014.

A plug-in hybrid is similar in principal to a Toyota Prius hybrid, but with a bigger set of batteries that can be recharged from the mains, thus extending the electriconly running. Volvo also fits a more fuel efficient diesel engine instead of a petrol, which will ensure the strong eco credentials continue when the batteries are flat, too.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 [367] Polestar 5dr Geartronic
4.8s 186g/km 34.9 367 £49,110
The cheapest
T4 [190] Business Edition 5dr
7.3s 135g/km 48.7 190 £23,090
The greenest
D5 [163] Twin Eng SE Nav 5dr AWD Geartronic [Lthr]
6.9s 48g/km 155.2 163 £38,250
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