The plug-in hybrid Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine was recently featured by Fully Charged, however Robert Llewellyn doesn't seem to be all that impressed by its all-electric mode capabilities.

The relatively small PHEV battery of just 11.2 kWh offers about 23 miles (37 km) of range in the real world.  (NEDC rating of 32 miles/52 km).

Robert complains that engine (unfortunately a diesel in this case) kicks-in often, and isn't quiet when it does - which is not good.

On the plus side, it does plug-in and returns excellent fuel economy, and could be a good commuter car option if one has a plug at their destination.

The price in UK starts at about £47,000 without incentives.

"This is a test of a 4 wheel drive car that is not exactly new. The plug in hybrid Volvo V60 is brilliantly built, lovely to drive, and oh yes, it's a diesel.

I'll apologise now for not listing liters per 100 klm, my new years resolution is to always refer to metrics. It's hard to teach an old dog new tricks."

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