The 2019 Volvo XC60 T8 twin engine promises to travel from 43 to 45 km in all electric, and offer a reading pleasure. First Test of the new Volvo hybrid SUV.
The reduction of displacement and the incursion of electricity aboard the engines of our cars appear today as inevitable. But apart from a few exceptions, the refillable hybrid technology arrives from the top and is still confidential in the manufacturer’s catalogs.
At Volvo, it was the great XC90 of the last generation that was the first to receive the T8 twin engine device, consisting of an engine of only 2.0 liters of displacement for 320 hp on the front gear, and a block of 65 kw (87 hp) on the rear train. It is now found on the leading edge of the XC60, with a great advantage for the companies, consisting of a bonus for the purchase of 6 000 €, and a tax exemption on company vehicles. For a car that develops up to 407 HP, it’s still not bad
Price 2019 Volvo XC60 T8 twin engine
Composed of four levels of finishing (momentum, R-design, inscription and luxury inscription), the 2019 XC60 T8 twin engine range starts at 70 300 € (and 75 940 € for our registration). A fairly elitist fare as high-end luxury inscription the Volvo XC60 T8 climbs to 79 510 €, indicating that it goes far beyond 80 000 € with the options, which remain numerous.
However, interesting equipment specific to this version is delivered in series, such as the 19-inch alloy rims, the two-part panoramic sunroof or the pneumatic suspension with controlled damping.
Driving the Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Gear
After leaving the car in charge all night-but in principle 5 hours is enough on an 8 amp-socket, the meter displays an electrical autonomy of only 33 km. But, when leaving the parking lot, the computer resets its copy and passes to a 41 km more realistic … During our test, we made the time between 30 to 40 km in zero emission depending on the type, of course, carried out. Therefore, for daily use, this autonomy may be sufficient, especially if you are driving in the city (better regeneration).
The 2019 Volvo XC60 T8 twin engine is very quiet, of course in electric mode, but also thanks to its perfect soundproofing when the thermal engine restarts. Few cars carry their passengers with so much softness. A softness which is also discussed in the suspensions, which focus more the behavior of the new SUV of Volvo on the comfort than the performance. But thanks to its pneumatic suspensions and its piloted chassis, this XC60 manages to compensate for its overweight (2 115 kg) and remains light from the steering wheel.
Different driving modes allow you to have fun while driving: pure for the whole electric, hybrid for a classic and rather efficient driving thanks to the numerous interventions of the electric, power which combine the maximum power, off road for the off-road and individual to refine its choices on certain parameters. Two other functions are added, accessible by the Sensus system and not a wheel: Hold, which allows using only the thermal engine to keep its electrical energy for later, and save, which allows the thermal engine to directly charge the batteries at the margins of the deceleration phases. This generates a momentary fuel overconsumption but then allows for more autonomy in all electrical.
If the XC60 is, of course, an SUV capable of covering long distances, it should nevertheless be specified that on the motorway, at 130 km/h, it then consumes 10 to 11 L/100 km because the electric no longer intervenes. In addition, the tank of this rechargeable hybrid version is only 50 liters. Therefore, the autonomy appears lower than that of the diesel version D5, which also benefits from a larger reservoir and which consumes less.
In the Interior of the Volvo XC60 T8
The new XC60 ‘s dashboard uses good level materials. The large digital tablet makes it possible to control the functions of the car via the Sensus system, which was developed by Volvo. It has an infra-red wire that allows it to be used with gloves.
At the back of the XC60 2017, the stay is more pleasant to two than three, and the seat is modular in 2/3 1/3. The T8 version cannot receive Quadrizone air conditioning.
The Volvo XC60 2017 offers a safe from 468 to 1 395 liters. It is less than on board its thermal versions (505 liters) but also the average of the category. The 2019 Volvo xc60 t8 awd plug-in hybrid gear lever is made of Orrefors crystal. Many functions are controlled by the large touch screen of the census system
Competition Volvo XC60 T8 twin engine
In this category of high-end SUV with advanced technology, the 2019 Volvo xc60 t8 eawd plug-in hybrid is a bit alone in its segment, even if the competition is organized. The Audi Q5 does not yet exist in a plug-in hybrid. At BMW, the technology will arrive on the future X 3 as in 2019. On the side of the French brands, the DS 7 Crossback will arrive well late 2017, but you also have to wait for 2019 to take the wheel of the Reloadable hybrid version of PSA.
One can also cite the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and its 7 places, which will be launched in September but later in GTE. Finally, the Mitsubishi OutlanderPHEV should be considered, with lower performance than the Volvo, but with a lower fare.
Review of the 2019 Volvo XC60 T8 twin engine test
The Volvo XC60 represents a new generation of cars. You can control some of its functions from its smartphone, drive it without noise and without consuming fuel before you take the key of the fields and enjoy a cumulative power of 407 HP. The main brake on the purchase is then the price, which exceeds the 80000 € with the options at the top of the range. But it should also be clarified that the legitimacy of its technology lies in its urban or per use, the refillable hybrid being used for nothing or almost on the highway. To meditate before buying.
The Balanced design
The rise in range
The price, always elitist
The volume of chest amputated
Autonomy and consumption on the highway