Volvo is yet another high-brow car brand to embrace the electric revolution, with
the majority of its vehicles offering some sort of EV, plug-in or mild hybrid system. 

The Recharge moniker accompanies Volvo’s plug-in hybrid variants, and out of the entire Volvo range, the sensible V60 arguably makes the most sense as a plug-in hybrid.

The T6 petrol engine at the heart of the V60’s plug-in hybrid system gives you a rather stonking 350hp on tap and is good for a zero to 62mph of just 5.2 seconds – so it can move when it has to. For Volvo drivers, this is likely to come in handy when nipping out at junctions rather than street racing, but it certainly helps give a robust feel to the V60.

The on-board battery allows for up to around 30 miles of EV driving when fully charged, and it will take around an hour and a half to fully charge from a standard 7kW wallbox charger. The integration of this hybrid system is pretty flawless, with the switch from electric to petrol being free of any clunks, sounds or surges of power. After a mixture of short and long journeys, we managed to achieve an average of around 42mpg.

The V60 Recharge feels most at home on the motorway and it’s a classic example of a company car cruiser. The ride is supple, the eight-speed auto is smooth, the cabin is shielded from any wind and road noise and the various on-board assistance features add assurance and convenience. The Pilot Assist system is particularly impressive as it allows the car to keep itself in lane – and even turn slight corners – for extended periods of time, provided you engage with the steering wheel every 10 seconds.

Off the motorway, the V60 is still very pleasant and easy to drive, especially for its size, but it certainly doesn’t feel anywhere near as confident as a BMW does on twisty roads.

The V60’s interior is one of the cleanest on the market. The dash is adorned with a swooshing aluminium inlay, and in the centre is a vertical touchscreen with very few surrounding buttons. All major touchpoints in the cabin are soft to the push and feel refined too, and it probably sits somewhere between an Audi and Mercedes for style and quality – which ain’t a bad place to be.

The touchscreen takes a bit of getting used to, even when it comes to things like climate control functions – due to having no dedicated physical buttons. This might sour the experience for drivers who aren’t all that tech-savvy, but on the whole, the screen works well and integrates seamlessly with the digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel.

The two trim grades available are Plus and Ultimate – with the latter notably adding a panoramic glass roof, an improved Harman Kardon sound system and the Pilot Assist system. Regardless of which trim you go for however, there’s plenty of luxuries to chew on with the V60 Recharge, including an extensive 360-degree parking camera, cruise control, heated front and rear leather seats and built-in Google Maps. 

The seats in the V60 are particularly noteworthy, being some of the comfiest, figure-hugging types I’ve experienced. 

Space in the rear is excellent, provided you’re only chauffeuring two people. The seats sit slightly reclined, offering a lounge-like feel, and there’s plenty of head and leg room. The middle seat however is heavily obstructed by a transmission hump in the floor, which will make it difficult for anyone to get comfy, even those with tiny legs.

The boot is more well-rounded however, boasting up to 529 litres with the seats in place and 1,400 litres with the seats folded down. You also get a low load lip, a ski hatch for loading longer items, a highly adjustable parcel shelf and a pop-up luggage barricade for keeping shopping in place.

Volvo V60 Recharge Ultimate, T6 AWD plug-in hybrid  

P11D: £57,580

Residual value: 40.63%

Depreciation: £23,393

Fuel: £5,600

Service, maintenance and repair: £2,921

Cost per mile: 74.36p

Fuel consumption: 352.6mpg

CO2 (BIK %): 18g/km (8%) 

BIK 20/40% a month: £76/£153

Luggage capacity: 529 litres

Engine size/power: 1,969cc + 11.6 kWh/350hp