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We’ve met the Volvo ‘Twin Engine’ before, correct? Indeedy, in the likes of the XC90 T8, and the new XC60. ‘Twin Engine’ is just a clever Volvo marketing person’s name for ‘hybrid’, and it just sounds like you’re getting more car for your money. This is the V90 estate version, which actually gets a bigger battery than the XC90 we weren’t convinced by. Just to be clear, the set-up doesn’t actually stuff two engines under the bonnet. Volvo’s most powerful petrol engine (a 316bhp, turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder) drives the front wheels, and turning the rears is an electric motor powered by a 10.4kWh battery. So, in effect, you’ve got an engine as powerful as a Honda Civic Type R’s working the fronts, and a 85bhp booster out back. You do the maths, please. Total system power is rated at 401bhp and 472lb ft, so you’d expect this to be a fast PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle).