Volvo Introduces Cheaper Version Of V60 Plug-In Hybrid In UK

JUL 7 2016 BY MARK KANE 11

Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine

Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine

Volvo introduced an entry level version of its first diesel plug-in hybrid V60 D6 Twin Engine, which has been available throughout Europe since 2013.  (We believe we are still allowed to print the word “diesel”, but are not 100% sure)

The new version –  the V60 D5 Twin Engine in the UK starts at £38,105 (or around $51,000), which is some £12,070 (24%) cheaper than the D6 (£50,175 or $67,250).  However, the one-step lower trim level (SE Nav compared to SE Lux Nav) does prevent a perfectly direct comparison.

Also interesting is that a five-cylinder diesel engine (with electric motor) is the same in both the D5 and D6 versions, only a de-tuned version in the D5’s case from 220bhp to 163bhp.

The battery pack is unchanged at 11.2 kWh, so range the NEDC range rating of up to 32 miles/52 km (or about 23 miles/37 km “real world”/EPA equivalent77) would be unaffected.

Selwyn Cooper, head of business sales for Volvo Car UK, said:

“The addition of the V60 D5 Twin Engine will only increase the V60’s appeal for business users, thanks to its impressive CO2 and tax figures, and builds on our global electrification strategy of introducing other plug-in hybrid vehicles to our range.”

Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine

Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine

Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine

Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine

Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine

Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine

Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine

Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine

source: EV Fleet World

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11 Comments on "Volvo Introduces Cheaper Version Of V60 Plug-In Hybrid In UK"

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So starting at 51 000$ is cheap?
O.K., Then I guess I’m really cheap!

Well, 23 miles of EPA range is actually more like 17 or 18 miles of real world range. Obviously some can hyper mile to get closer to EPA ratings, but throw in a bunch of high speed highway driving or colder conditions and the range is much lower. The efficiency ratings are probably low too, given the battery capacity.

EPA’s estimates are based on harsh driving conditions and that is why its much lower than Europe/Japan/China.

It will easily exceed 23 miles in real world driving. Don’t worry about winter, Europe is in more northern latitude than much of USA.

In our Volt, we regularly get the advertised e-range, and occasionally more. No hyper-miling here.

Yes, can you drop the diesel, and give us gas.
Don’t want to stink up the neighborhood.

Interesting, by modifying the engine, are the able to drop the price by 24%. Ideally they should launch a gasoline plugin version in USA. People here don’t want diesel anymore.

Buying a diesel engine that is more expensive, needs more maintenance and is less reliable than a gas engine, and then not using it because the car is a hybrid is idiotic. Diesels make economic sense only if you drive them a lot. And the idea of the hybrid car is exactly to use the combustion engine as little as possible…

For me it makes sense. Hybrid for the in-town commuting. Diesel efficiency for long distance trips. Plus diesel doesn’t evaporate like gasoline so less need to run the engine just to force the owner to replace the fuel, and is much, much more efficient than gasoline at partial engine load – like cruising on the highway.

Nice looking car- sporty, compact station wagon. Am I still allowed to say this in the USA? Can we get an EV or PHEV similar to this one with good aero and plenty of passenger and cargo room?

The price is way too high, but I understand that Volvo is a “luxury” brand.

If Li-Ion battery costs are now $250-$350/kWh, why can’t we have trailers with batteries to rent or buy? Hook up the trailer to your basic EV and hit the road. Add some storage space to the aero trailer design for your stuff. Connect the 60-80 kWh trailer to you home circuits for off grid energy and power. The high price of this machine made me think about other options that could be available for $50K.

i) the ‘D6’ was introduced in 2011, in production late 2012. A repeated mistake here at insideevs.
ii) the ‘D5 twin engine’ has been available for a year or so already. Maybe not in the UK, but elsewhere in europe.

So, I’m missing the ‘news’ in this message. But when it concerns the V60 hybrid, this seems to be a recurring issue here on insideevs. The car is – in my opinion – great considering it has been around for 4 years or so, and should be appreciated for being one of the early tries at hybrids. Is it perfect? No. Will it be, or is it already, surpassed by its successors? No doubt. But still, it is a great first attempt, and I enjoy it each day.

The news is regarding the D5 being available for less in the UK.

As for our “repeated mistake”, I guess you can say it is intentional?

The D6 was introduced in Geneva in 2011, but was only available to Europe in 2013. They sold a handful at home right at the very,very end of 2012 in Sweden (42).

Like the LEAF, we say it started sales in the US in 2011, despite 19 being sold at the end of 2010, and despite it debuting in 2009.

We couldn’t rightly state anything other that “available throughout Europe since 2013” in this case.