T8 Twin Engine is added to XC90 range
Volvo released the XC90 in the UK to critical acclaim in 2015 and since then it has been very successful through winning awards, Auto Express named it their New Car Awards Car of the Year in 2015 and it was the Best 4x4 from Diesel Car magazine. Volvo have recently broken records with over 500,000 cars sold worldwide last year, just over 43,000 of which were sold in the UK where they recorded the best sales figures in 21 years.
With more buyers opting to look further afield than the German offerings, in a short space of time over 40,000 XC90 models have made it onto many an owner’s driveway.
New for 2016 and the XC90 is the addition of a T8 Twin Engine to the range, the hybrid offering plenty of power and efficiency. With 320hp available from the turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-litre petrol engine while 87hp from the electric, it’s certainly no slouch with a 0-62mph time of just 5.6 seconds.
It has a 140mph top speed with Volvo claiming it is one of the most powerful and efficient seven-seat SUVs currently on sale.
The T8 engine has a pure electric range of up to 27 miles with speeds of up to 78mph. Realistically you’ll struggle to do that distance if you did that speed, but for drivers doing short commutes then it’s something worth considering.
For longer drives, Hybrid mode will use both petrol and electric engines, seamlessly switching between each one depending on the journey. Power mode does-what-it-says-on-the-tin if you’re really wanting the XC90 to perform at its maximum despite it being a large, heavy SUV.
To replenish the battery you just plug it in, it will take longer on a standard socket, but with high-voltage points also available then the XC90 can be ready to go in two and a half hours.
The XC90 in T8 form also offers as standard a stunning panoramic roof, a crystal gearshift lever which adds to the luxury of the high quality interior, a 12.3-inch TFT driver’s display and the enormous, intuitive tablet-like Sensus touchscreen, which dominates the cabin oozing quality.
Apple Car Play comes as an option and apps are available to locate your car when you’ve lost it in a car park (we’ve all done that and wandered aimlessly for ten minutes) or it can heat it up when it’s frosty in the morning when the thought of jumping into a cold car does not entice.
The Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine model costs from £60,455 and with CO2 emissions of just 49g/km, running costs will be low. With Volvo saying it’ll return a 134.5mpg combined fuel consumption figure, drivers may find it a struggle to get near that, but it all depends on the XC90 driver.
As a company car it offers plenty of benefits, the base level Momentum model qualifies for the Government Plug-In Car Grant and a 5% rate of Benefit-in-Kind.