Forecourt Update: Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine
The Plug-In Hybrid 7 Seater
What Is it?
The Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine is the plug-in hybrid version of the manufacturer's large, sports-utility, vehicle. It has seven seats, 4-wheel-drive and premium equipment specification.
A plug-in hybrid has an internal combustion engine and an electric motor.
The latter is powered by a battery that can be recharged by the combustion engine, or a plug socket.
What Are The Engine Options?
XC90 T8 power comes courtesy of a 2.0-litre, 320hp, petrol engine and an 80hp electric motor. Its transmission is an 8-speed automatic that incorporates manual mode.
Drivers can choose from five driving modes via a scroll wheel on the central console.
Hybrid Mode – Volvo explains - is “suitable for everyday use”.
It minimises fuel consumption by alternately pulling power from the petrol engine and the electric motor.
Pure Electric Mode ensures the vehicle is only powered by its electric motor.
Maximum Range is 25 miles, during which it burns no petrol and there are no tailpipe emissions.
Power Mode combines the petrol engine and the electric motor.
On start-up, the vehicle benefits from the motor's superior torque curve while the petrol engine “gets up to speed”.
Volvo says combined performance is comparable to a large engine, “like a V8”.
AWD Mode ensures the engine and motor fluctuate power between the front and rear axles, based on which wheels need traction. The XC90 can also be locked to 4-wheel-drive.
Save Mode enables the driver to “freeze” the battery level at its present level. The stored energy can then be used at a later point in Pure Electric Mode.
What Are The Trim Options?
The T8 Twin Engine is available in three trims.
The Momentum has 4-zone climate control, hill decent control, cruise control, a headlight cleaning system, tyre pressure monitor, leather upholstery and City Safety that – at low speed – automatically brakes to avoid a collision.
The R-Design adds: tinted windows, an electric passenger seat and sports peddles. The Inscription also benefits from integrated sun curtains and illuminated front tread plates.
Anything Else I Need To Know?
Owners can use a mobile phone application to preheat or cool the cabin.
This ensures it is already a comfortable temperature when the driver starts the journey.
How Much Is It?
The Momentum costs £59,995, the R-Design is £62,855, and the Inscription costs £63,705.