78 kilometer range
at[person]’s house return, the designation “Recharge” describes models equipped with a hybrid electric or rechargeable motor. Today, these versions represent more than a third of the Swedish brand’s sales worldwide and more than 80% in France! One of Volvo’s best-selling “Recharge” is the XC60son family SUV.
Launched in 2017, this second generation was offered in 2021 with a slight restyling on a visual level but important on a technical level. The battery capacity of the rechargeable hybrid versions has almost doubled thanks to the addition of a third row of cells. Thus, the energy capacity has gone from 11.6 kWh to 18.8 kWh, thus feeding a more powerful rear electric motor that now delivers 145 hp. The fully electric range now increases to 78 km in the combined cycle according to the WLTP certification cycle and is even close to 100 km in the city. More precisely 94 km in “high city autonomy” according to the same cycle.
It was behind the wheel of the T6 version, the “most accessible” that we carried out this test. As of now, the combined output reaches 350 horsepower, up from 341 horsepower previously. The thermal part is still entrusted to a 2.0 supercharged 4-cylinder petrol engine with 253 hp. The latter is responsible for animating the front axle while the 145 hp electric motor drives the rear wheels. Thus, the XC60 T6 Recharge is equipped with 4-wheel drive but without a driveshaft. The shell of the latter is used to house the lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 18.8 kWh.
Currently in its class, the XC60 Recharge it’s above average in terms of all-electric range. Its direct competitors, the mercedes glc 300 and bmw x330 e use smaller capacity batteries, around 11kWh, which provide a fully electric range of about fifty kilometres. Only the Range Rover Evoque P300 e comes close with a 15 kWh battery.
Known for its comfort and flexibility, the XC60 can be transformed into a true fighter plane here, as the sum of the two engines gives it an extraordinary maximum torque of 659 Nm. Suffice it to say that acceleration and times are worthy of a sports car with 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. If you can do it, the XC60 wasn’t designed with this in mind. The Scandinavian relies on comfort, softness and safety. Thus, if you go at the pace of a senator, you can get closer to the announced score in real conditions. Thus, we traveled 69 km in fully electric mode along a route without a motorway in “Pure” mode, that is, 100% electric. For a vehicle over 2 tons
(2156 kg), is a good score.
Great autonomy and reasonable consumption
Among the various driving modes on offer, the “Hybrid” mode will be the most used. It is responsible for automatically managing the distribution of tasks between thermal and electric motors. With full batteries, you will see an average fuel consumption of about 3.5 l/100 km as we have seen. Once the power reserve is depleted, the XC60 works as a non-rechargeable hybrid thanks to the minimal stock of energy remaining in the battery. In this operating mode, fuel consumption skyrockets to around 9 l/100 km. Hence the vital importance of recharging periodically to achieve maximum savings. Thanks to the specific location of the batteries in the transmission tunnel, it is worth noting that the XC60 retains the same fuel tank capacity (71 liters) as conventional thermal versions, thus guaranteeing a comfortable autonomy even when the batteries are empty. This is not the case with most of its competitors. It is possible to get some extra electrons thanks to the energy recovery system by activating the “B” mode on the gear lever, which allows “one pedal” driving.
Charging is carried out exclusively with alternating current. Power, on the other hand, is disappointing compared to the competition at a maximum of 3.7 kW. You will have to wait a maximum of 5 hours on a 16 amp outlet and a maximum of 13 hours on a 6 amp outlet. The Type 2 cable, which allows charging at public terminals, is billed at €390. At this price level, Volvo could have given it away.
The XC60 stands out for a higher level of comfort than its rivals, especially if the “air suspension” option (€2,430) is marked. The latter is a model of its kind, since absorption is effective and road defects are almost imperceptible to vehicle occupants. This cushioning goes hand in hand with 4-star soundproofing and unrivaled seat cushions. Without a doubt, the XC60 should seduce travelers. Despite its imposing size, the city is not an obstacle for the Swede who enjoys silent operation and a battery of driving aids to evolve serenely including a beautiful 360 ° camera.
Outside the cities, the laws of physics take over and you feel overweight. Turns are negotiated less quickly than behind the wheel of a German competitor, but despite everything, the XC60 remains the undisputed king in its areas of specialisation: comfort and safety.
The XC60 can now be equipped with a package called “Digital Connect”, the result of a partnership with Google. At the same time, Volvo has simplified the interface of its multimedia system, which was not the most intuitive. Now only one menu step is offered. The system is based on the Android operating system and offers support for Google accounts. It also integrates services such as Google Maps, voice control “Google Assistant” and the catalog of Google Play applications. A four-year subscription to these features is included in the price of the vehicle.
Despite being 5 years old and unchanged, the cabin is still one of the most welcoming and pleasant on the market. The Swede contrasts with the seriousness of his competitors. The quality of the materials is impeccable. It feels like a cocoon, thanks in particular to the very soft seats and light colors of our test version. Among the wide range of options, we recommend the excellent, very powerful but expensive (€2,700) Bowers & Wilkins 1,460w sound system.
Without breaking volume records, the 468-litre boot stands out for its practical aspects. It benefits from hands-free opening, a completely flat floor and adjustable loading height thanks to the air suspension.