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Volvo adds £35k D5 plug-in hybrid to V60 range

Date: 27 June 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Volvo has added its D5 plug-in hybrid powertrain to the V60 upper medium estate. 

The engine emits just 48g/km of CO2, equating to a 7% BIK rate for the current 2016/17 tax year and qualifies for a £2500 Government plug-in car grant.

Volvo currently sells a 220hp engine + 70hp electric plug-in hybrid D6 variant, but that is only available in the higher trim levels and costs from £51,715, whereas the lower-powered (163hp engine + 68hp motor) is priced from £35,000 once the grant has been taken into account, and is available to order now.

To be eligible for the plug-in grant vehicles must emit less than 75g/km, offer a minimal travelling range of 10 miles and reach a speed of at least 60mph.

The Swedish manufacturer has enjoyed sucesss with its plug-in XC90 large SUV, exceeding year-to-date expectations by 10%, with 57% of XC90 T8 orders going to fleets.

Volvo said the V60 has been a popular choice with fleet and company car drivers since the introduction of the D2 Business Edition and the D6 Twin Engine models to the range in 2012.

"The addition of the V60 D5 twin engine will only increase the V60's appeal for business users, thanks to its impressive CO2 and tax figures, and builds on our global electrification strategy of introducing other plug-in hybrid vehicles to our range," said Selwyn Cooper, head of business sales for Volvo UK.