Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge

Considering hybrid SUV lease? 

Volvo recently made the promise that by the year 2025, 50% of the new cars they produce will be fully electric. 

And while there’s still a few years to go until that happens, the Swedish manufacturer are making great leaps into the electrification of their current range, and some of our favourite models – namely the car we’re taking a look at today, the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid. 

XC60 Rear View

What did we drive?

*2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge

Fuel Type: Petrol Plug-in Hybrid

Model Line: R-Design Pro

Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic

Power: 303 + 87hp

0-60: 5.2 seconds

Colour: Fusion Red Metallic (optional extra)

Upholstery: Slate Nappa/Graphite textile upholstery and metal mesh inlays

Optional extras:

  • 22" 10 Open Spoke (Diamond Cut/Matt Black) with 265/35 Tyres
  • Xenium Pack
  • Intellisafe Pro
  • Harmon Kardon with Smartphone integration

Value of model driven: £64,375.00

*Prices and model lines correct at the time of publication

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Volvo XC60 T8

Hybrid Technology 

The T8 is a petrol Plug-in Hybrid that offers the best of both worlds: combining a 2L, four-cylinder turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine with a battery-powered 87hp / 240Nm electric motor for better efficiency and the ability to travel up to 30 miles emission-free.

Most importantly this can result in a lower carbon footprint and the potential for reduced running costs in comparison to a standard combustion equivalent – that is if you keep the car charged and for its intended use. It’s worth noting that the fuel economy suffers when taken out of hybrid or electric mode or on longer journeys.

XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Charging

An initial 303 horsepower comes straight from the petrol engine with an additional 87 horsepower produced by the electric battery. All in all that makes for a very impressive performance. With light and agile steering and a seamless 8-speed gearbox which, when you put your foot down, can get you from 0-60 in just 5.2 seconds.

XC60 T8 Engine

Constant AWD, Pure (Eco-Drive), Hybrid, Power and Off-Road driving modes allow you to tailor the drive depending on your needs. And when the time comes to charge, it’s incredibly simple. The car comes as standard with a seven-metre charge cable for a domestic three-pin plug socket, but you can also opt for an optional Type 2 connector, which will work with most 3.7kW, 7kW and 33kW charging stations. With that three-pin plug, it’ll get a full charge in between 5-7 hours.

Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge R Design Pro 22 Inch Alloys

Design and Practicality 

In terms of looks, the XC60 is up there with the best in its class. Volvo has massively upped their game when it comes to design, and on the road, this is easily as good looking as the Audi Q5...or at least in my opinion. R-Design Pro models get 21-inch alloys as standard, but this car goes one step further with these 22-inch beauties.

Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge R Design Pro Upholstery

Slate Nappa leather with graphite textile upholstery provides a nice contrast inside for those wanting something other than a standard black interior. Rear seats come complete with power folding headrests and two easy-access ISOFIX points for child seats.

Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge R Design Pro


All XC60 models get a 9-inch vertical touchscreen as standard, complete with satellite navigation, DAB Radio and voice activation for key functions. While not as good as the systems in the BMW X3 or Mercedes-Benz GLC, the interface is relatively easy to use and will suit those after a more simplistic display.

Standard features also include this 12.3-inch driver’s display, and Inscription Pro and R-Design Pro models like ours also get a Head-up display which minimises distraction and the need to look away from the road for speed changes.

XC60 Digital Display and Head-Up

Other standard features on the R-Design Pro include: 

  • Heated steering wheel and front seats
  • Electronic tailgate
  • 2-Zone climate control
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Heated washer blades
  • Heated, auto-folding, power folding door mirrors
  • Rear parking camera
  • Tilt and slide panoramic sunroof (which is also standard on Recharge models)
XC60 Panoramic Roof


In true Volvo style, there’s also an abundance of safety features including a blind spot assistant that will give you a warning light in the mirror when there’s restricted visibility – and if you continue to drift into the path of another vehicle it’ll use its steer assist function to help you back into your lane. This, as well as adaptive cruise control, pilot assist and rear collision mitigation, is part of the Intellisafe Pro package, but even as standard the safety features are impressive.

There’s steering support, with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, full collision warning and full auto-braking as standard. This, as well as things like a Whiplash Protection System, Vehicle Deceleration Control and a speed limiter.

Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge R Design Pro Rear Seats

Model Lines

All Recharge models get the following as standard:

  • Power Glass Tilt and Slide Panoramic Sunroof with Sun Curtain
  • 7hp / 240Nm Electric Motor
  • Auxiliary Fuel-Fired Heater with Pre-Conditioning Functions
  • 7m Charge Cable with three-pin plug
  • Fresh Air Subwoofer Charge Cable Bag
  • Electric Rear Axle Drive
  • Recharging Port Located in Nearside Front Wing
  • Lithium-Ion Battery 11.6kWh
  • Recharge Aluminium Tread Plates (not Polestar Engineered)


  • Cruise control
  • Keyless start
  • Dynamic chassis
  • Choice of driving modes
  • Automatic LED Headlights with Active High Beam incorporating Day Running Lights
  • Auto folding Heated Power Door Mirrors
  • Adaptive Brake Lights including High Level LED Brake
  • Light Rain Sensor - Automatic Windscreen Wiper Activation
  • Power Operated Tailgate
  • Roof Rails - Integrated, Silver
  • Piano Black Front Grille with Chrome Surround
  • Twin Exhaust Pipes with Chrome Sleeves
  • Roof Spoiler
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Rear Park Assist Camera
  • 18" 5 Y-Spoke Alloy Wheels with 235/60 Tyres
  • Leather-faced Upholstery with Heated Front Seats
  • Driver and Passenger Seat with Power Height Adjustment and Lumbar Support
  • 2-Zone Electronic Climate Control with 'CleanZone' Air Quality System and Pollen Filter
  • 12.3" Active TFT Crystal Driver's Information Display
  • 9 “ touchscreen

Inscription Expression (In addition to Momentum) 

  • High Gloss Black Front Grille with Chrome Inserts
  • Chrome Window Surround
  • Chrome Lower Side Mouldings with Recharge Logo
  • Chrome Deco Lower Front Bumper
  • 18" 5 Double Spoke (Diamond Cut/Black) with 235/60 Tyres
  • Dual Integrated Exhaust Pipes

Inscription (In addition to Momentum) 

  • Nappa Soft Leather Perforated and Ventilated Upholstery
  • Chrome Window Surround
  • Power Driver and Passenger Seat with Memory for Seats and Exterior Mirrors
  • Tailored Instrument Panel with Contrast Stitching
  • High Gloss Black Steering Wheel
  • Remote Infotainment Controls
  • Tailgate Illumination
  • Driftwood or Linear Lime Inlays
  • Rear Footwell and Side Step Illumination
  • High Gloss Black Front Grille with Chrome Inserts
  • Chrome Deco Lower Front Bumper
  • Front Seat Cushion Extensions and Power Side Support
  • Dual Integrated Exhaust Pipes
  • Chrome Lower Side Mouldings (with Recharge Logo - Plug-in Hybrid only)
  • Multicolour Theatre Lighting
  • Heated Aqua Blades
  • Ambient Door Lighting
  • Orrefors Crystal Gear Lever Knob
  • Multi-directional Lumbar Support
  • 19" 10 Spoke (Diamond Cut/Black) Alloy Wheels with 235/55 Tyres

Inscription Pro (In addition to Inscription) 

  • Active Bending Headlights with Adaptive Shadow Technology
  • Headlight Cleaning System
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Handsfree Tailgate Opening/Closing
  • Puddle Lights
  • Keyless Drive (includes Keyless Entry and Keyless Start)
  • Head-Up Display
  • Active Four-C Chassis - Four Corner Adaptive Dampers with Electronic Air Suspension
  • Front Seat Backrest Massage
  • 20" 8 Spoke (Diamond Cut/Black) Alloy Wheels with 255/45 Tyres

R-Design (In addition to Momentum)

  • Contour Sports Seats with Leather/Textile Upholstery Black Headlining
  • Front Seat Cushion Extensions
  • Sports Steering Wheel
  • High Gloss Black Steering Wheel Remote Infotainment Controls
  • Sports Leather Gear Knob
  • Metal Mesh Inlays
  • Sports Pedals
  • Dark Tinted Windows - Rear Side Windows and Cargo Area
  • Dual Integrated Exhaust Pipes with High Gloss Black Surround
  • Heated Aqua Blades
  • High Gloss Black Door Mirrors and Window Surround
  • High Gloss Black Mesh Front Grille and Surround
  • Multi-directional Lumbar Support Roof Rails - Integrated, High Gloss Black Rear Footwell and Side Step Illumination
  • Multicolour Theatre Lighting
  • 19" 5 Double Spoke (Diamond Cut/Matt Black) Alloy Wheels with 235/55 Tyres Lowered Sport Chassis

R-Design Pro (In addition to R-Design)

  • Active Bending Headlights with Adaptive Shadow Technology
  • Headlight Cleaning System
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Head-Up Display
  • Handsfree Tailgate Opening/Closing
  • Keyless Drive (includes Keyless Entry and Keyless Start)
  • Tailored Instrument Panel with Contrast Stitching
  • Power Driver Seat with Memory for Seat and Exterior Mirrors
  • Puddle Lights
  • 21" 5 Triple Spoke (Diamond Cut/Matt Black) Alloy Wheels with 255/40 Tyres
  • Active Four-C Chassis - Four Corner Adaptive Dampers with Electronic Air Suspension

Final Verdict

The XC60 is a forward-thinking, adaptable hybrid SUV that offers the best of both worlds. For those who commute short distances and can make the most of this impressive technology, you’ll find the T8 a thrilling and oh so comfortable experience.

However, those who plan to rack up the miles might want to explore one of the combustion engine variants or perhaps opts for the fully electric, though smaller, Volvo XC40. Meanwhile, if you require something bigger, you also have the option of the Volvo XC90.

We make no secrets here at Carparison about our admiration for the Swedish brand and with competitive monthly payments, our Volvo lease deals are hugely cost-effective.

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