The 2016 Volvo V60 Plug-In will appear with small changes and new design. Volvo V60 debuted in the US this year as a 2015 year model. This is essentially a wagon version of Volvo’s S60 sedan which is available with three potent turbo engines in its conventional form. For those that require fuel-efficient cargo movers, there’s a V60 diesel electric plug-in hybrid which is, sadly unavailable in the US, at least for its initial year.
Under the Hood
Plug-in version packs 2.4L D5 turbo diesel engine making 215 hp and a 70 hp electric motor for a net hybrid output of almost 300 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. 6-speed automatic gearbox is responsible for transmission and 11.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack accumulates the electric energy which allows 31 miles of all-electric range.
Styling – Interior and Exterior
V60 isn’t old school Volvo’s wagon with boxy overall design. This is lower and much more agile wagon with plenty of curves all over. It is basically a new generation Volvo which shares all the features any other wagon or crossover from Sweden has. R-design models sit atop the lineup and have different 18-inch Ixion wheels, bumper and grille than the rest of the plug-in models.
R-design interior means that V60 comes with standard sport perforated leather/nubuck seats and charcoal dashboard and cabin accents. Dash itself is curved and asymmetric and has a touch screen display with navigation above the instrument panel. All R-design models have standard power glass moonroof and optional heated seats, both up front and at the back. As a plug-in hybrid, V60 gets different gauges than the conventional models as well.
There’s plenty of room for all five passengers and their cargo as well. Standard safety features include all the usual airbags, anti-lock brakes, brake assist and stability and traction controls. Volvo is synonymous with safety hence it offers plenty of advanced electronic features in its V60 wagon. Some of these include adaptive cruise control, rear-view monitor, blind-spot information system and city safety system which applies automatic braking routine if driver doesn’t respond to the obstacle in front of the car.
MPG and Fuel Economy
With diesel engine and electric motor, V60 plug-in hybrid is able to provide the optimal balance between driving pleasure and low environmental impact and offers fuel economy ratings which are estimated at between 60 mpg on the highway and 140 mpg in the city.
2016 Volvo V60 Plug-In Price
While base V60 plug-ins cost around $65,000, R-design models cost more than $83,000 or £51,675 in the UK if it suits you better.
2016 Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid is a good looking and fuel saving wagon with plenty of luxury features and space as well, especially in its ultimate R-Design form. However, its price can be a challenge for most of the pragmatic buyers.