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Volvo V60 Hybrid

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Published: 13 Jan 2015
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Volvo's V60 demonstrates that the car can still be the choice of transport in the future

Good stuff

Extremely clean engine emissions, massive range, beautiful interior

Bad stuff

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.

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Our choice from the range

What's the verdict?

As green as cars get these days, the V60 Plug-in has the best of both worlds – pace and economy.
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