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Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge – long-term review

Just how quick is the 407bhp Volvo XC60 T8?

T8 R Design
2.0-litre 4cyl + e-motor, AWD, 407bhp, 295lb ft
Claimed MPG:
94.2mpg, 54g/km CO2
0–62mph in 5.5secs, 140mph
£57,720 OTR/£63,395 as tested/£692pcm

The most impressive thing so far has been the Volvo’s engine and speed. I wanted to prove how fast it was, so at our recent hot hatch test I asked Ollie Marriage to figure it.

Result? 0–60 in 5.62secs. That’s close to the Megane Trophy R (5.51), Civic Type R (5.55), Tesla Model 3 Std range (5.59) and the latest Golf GTI DSG (5.66). Quite something for a 2.1-tonne SUV. Although, I don’t think the result of the same test with the battery emptied would have made for pretty reading. A PHEV is only as quick as claimed for as long as it’s got charge - so twenty-smothing miles, at best. Gently does it…

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