Autocar Tests 2015 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid

MAR 4 2015 BY MARK KANE 6

All-new Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

All-new Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine – Image Credit: Mike Anthony

Autocar recently had the opportunity to spend some time with a pre-production Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine, which will be available on the market in early 2016.

This is a plug-in hybrid luxury SUV, which was presented six months ago as the most powerful version of the new XC90 (see details).

Quick specs:

  • 2-litre, 4-cylinder Drive-E engine on the front (318 hp and 400 Nm) with  8-speed automatic gearbox and electric motors on the rear (60 kW / 82 hp and  240 Nm)
  • 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.9 seconds
  • 9.2 kWh battery pack
  • over 40 km / 25 miles of all-electric range (NEDC)

According to the Autocar, the XC90 T8 Twin Engine is impressive (just like the D5 diesel), although not ready for production just yet.

There are some drivetrain glitches that Volvo must and will resolve before the SUV goes into production.

The interior got very high marks.

“Good, but there’s work still to be done. Volvo knows it, to be fair, and says it has time to sort what is, at the moment, sometimes jerky progress. The worst of it is extremely poor brake pedal feel, as it slips between regenerative braking and conventional braking.

It shows promise, though, and is brisk. What it lacks is the aural quality to match big, vee-shaped engines, but if you’re a sucker for a big engine, Volvo is content to admit that maybe it’s not the brand for you.

What is impressive is the 59g/km return on the official combined cycle – an anomaly of the current legislative cycle, as with most plug-in hybrids. Our route was too short to determine a realistic fuel return, but as usual, it’ll depend how you use the car. Commute 15 miles across town every day and you’ll never use a drop of petrol. Never plug it in and I’d be surprised if it bettered 30mpg.

What’s equally impressive on the T8 as other XC90s, though, is its interior, which is fantastically plush and comfortable, and still has decent accommodation in the two rearmost boot-placed seats, because the batteries sit in the transmission tunnel rather than under the boot floor as they do on some rivals.”

Here is video on the conventional Volvo XC90:

Source: Autocar

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6 Comments on "Autocar Tests 2015 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid"

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Why do seemingly knowledgable publications continue to misinform about EV’s and PHEVs?

“Commute 15 miles across town every day and you’ll never use a drop of petrol.”

You will use lots of petrol, even driving 15 miles, if you use the cabin heater, accelerate hard or are approaching low battery charge. This XC90 will be exactly the same.

Lots of new Outlander PHEV owners I’ve met are discovering this the hard way after swallowing marketing hype about “fossil fuel free commuting”.

@Noodle – in the summer months I can go ‘petrol free’ in my Volt if I keep the trips under 40-45 miles. In fact I’ve gone 2-3 months without a stop for fuel and still driven 800-1000 miles a month. I will give you that I can’t say the same in the winter as the engine will run to warm the cabin and batteries when the temp drops below about 35F.

FYI, You are incorrect about the Chevrolet Volt because you can STILL drive all electric even using the cabin heater or accelerating hard. THAT is how the Volt is different than other PHEVs!

I own a Ford Fusion Energi and while I work from home I drop off my kids at school, 3 miles away for each one. I never use a drop of gas in my daily trips to school, market, downtown, etc. I do use gas when I drive to more distant cities, etc. but that’s it. Don’t know why you couldn’t make the same argument for the Volvo.

That being said, it looks like it’s less efficient than the Ford, and I’m a long time Volvo guy, so I would have loved to jump on this, but now that I have an FFE I want to go more electric, not the same or less.

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It’s a very solid step in the right direction. I’m ok with EVs with training wheels while we get the infrastructure in place and battery prices under $150/kWh.

Go, Volvo, go!

Still no mention of an extended hybrid warranty. The Volvo V60 PHEV has an 8 year warranty on the battery and other hybrid systems.