An interesting follow-up review on the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine by Autogefühl, focuses on the all-electric range and real consumption metrics of the plug-in Volvo.   (see the outfit's earlier presentation here)

In gentle driving conditions (up to 50 mph / 80 km/h), the plug-in hybrid XC90 was able to travel 34 km (21 miles), which is considerably further than its 14 mile/23 km EPA rating.

Eventually of course, the internal combustion engines kicks on, and after 44.3 km (27.5 miles), the average fuel consumption was 1.7 l per 100 km (62 miles).

Going further (on just petrol), after 72.8 km (45 miles) the average jumped to 4.3 l per 100 km, with extended consumption up to 10 l/10 km.

Well, it is a heavy SUV after all, and with just a 9.2 kWh battery to utilize (with just 6.7 kWh usable), but still a pretty decent result - especially for those driving anything under 50 miles in a day.

Quick specs for the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine:

  • 9.2 kWh (6.7 kWh usable) battery and up to 14 miles of EPA all-electric range
  • AWD with peak 60 kW electric motor (rear) and 318 hp gasoline engine (front)
  • 5.9 seconds 0-60 mph (nearly 100 km/h)
  • 7 seats