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Volvo V60 Hybrid
The Top Gear car review:Volvo V60 Hybrid
What is it like on the road?
The electric-only aspect of the V60 Hybrid is the most impressive. It can do up to 60mph running on just the battery, and that will last for 30 miles. You’re never left wanting any more power either. The electric motor has got plenty of juice and the diesel won’t kick in unless you really thrash it.
The hybrid setting sees both the diesel and the electric motor run in an eco setting, while the power mode sees 272bhp released from both powerplants. It’s bloody quick: 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds and immense overtaking shove thanks to 472 lb ft of torque. It’s not perfect, though. The D5 diesel engine is simply too rough, a contrast made all the more stark here due to the silence in EV mode. Volvo’s new range of four-cylinder engines can’t come too soon.