Driving report: Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid: The diesel for the socket

Driving report: Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid

The diesel for the socket

Driving report: Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid: The diesel for the socket-driving
Volvo Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid

As a pioneer in alternative drives, Volvo has not yet been really on the bill. But now the Swedes come with the first diesel hybrid, which can also be charged at the socket.

As a pioneer in alternative drives, Volvo has not yet been really on the bill. But now the Swedes come with the first diesel hybrid, which can also be charged at the socket. A strong five-cylinder diesel on the front axle, an electric motor on the rear axle and modern lithium-ion batteries below the trunk: The new V60 plug-in hybrid promises up to 50 kilometers of range in electrical operation, fabulous values for consumption and emissions and at Nevertheless, athletic mileage requires – at least 58 at least 58.710 euros. Actually, the V60 plug-in hybrid has been available since last year, but Pure Limited Edition, which was set for market launch and limited to a thousand copies, only 94 came to Germany. From May the production will be up to 6.000 units raised per year; The first vehicles should come to the German dealers at the end of June. Then the diesel hybrid also has all those – mostly optical – innovations that Volvo gave the V60 together with the other models of the 60s, 70s and 80s rows for the Geneva Salon. Three cars in one-namely electric car, diesel and efficient hybrid-is the new V60 plug-in hybrid according to the understanding of the Swedes, and its innovative drive technology can best be described with numbers: 215 Diesel-HP plus 68 hp from the electric motor the rear axle, up to 50 kilometers of electrical range at up to 120 km/h, 1.8 liters of average consumption for CO2 emissions of only 48 g/km. However, others flatter the 4.63 meter long mid-range combination less: it is heavier than an S-Class (over two tons), swallows less luggage than a Golf (only 304 liters because of the battery under the trunk floor) and is benevolently calculated at least 10.000 euros more expensive than the comparably motorized V60 D5. From which mileage is the purchase of the plug-in hybrid compared to the normal fifte-cylinder diesel, Volvo does not even make. The Swedes do not have a clientele that approaches the diesel plug-in with the slider. It should be more about people with high technology affinity who belong to the pioneers and who want to cost their pronounced environmental awareness. Of the first copies of the starting edition, there is hardly any one for less than 60.000 euros have been sold, according to Volvo, and that should be done with the revised plug-in hybrid, which is from 58.710 euros are available, hardly get any different. Because the vehicle is based on the highest equipment line of summum and already has a lot of extras on board; Other typical Volvo features such as the Armada of assistance systems and even a navigation system still have to be paid extra. However, there are a six-speed automatic transmission and the possibility of having diesel and electric motor working on both axes at the same time by pressing a button. Then you have a practical all -wheel drive for driving in winter conditions. Where other semi-electrical cars such as Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius emphasize their pioneering role with idiosyncratic optics, the V60 plug-in hybrid, on the other hand, is beneficial; Except for the piano lacquer grill, the trapezoidal tailpipes, a few plug-in emblems and the somewhat irritating lettering V60 D6 AWD at the rear, the diesel hybrid is not to be distinguished from its conventional sister models. If you take a closer look, you will find the flap on the front fender, behind which the connection for the charging cable is hidden. This allows the battery to be charged on a conventional socket in 3.5 hours. Inside there is a lot of leather, careful workmanship, digital instruments with special hybrid displays and even more keys than usual. Because in addition to the preset hybrid mode, the driver can use the power button to call up the full diesel force regardless of consumption or move the car as far as possible in pure mode as possible. The 50 kilometer range in e-mode specified by Volvo appears a little optimistic after the first experience, but the V60 actually creates 30 to 35 kilometers without diesel support-provided a somewhat gentle extent with the accelerator pedal. And even if the diesel switches, this is possible without any feared shaking or vibration of states. The “Save for Later” function is also very practical: If you still have to go to the city center at the end of a longer journey, you can recharge the battery on the way via the generator and cover the last kilometers purely electrically. So enough electricity can be produced for up to 20 kilometers in e-mode within a few minutes. Without this push of a button, the battery once emptied has problems building up enough capacity for electric trips again; The longer the trip lasts, the more the diesel takes over the drive director. At the end of the first almost 100 kilometers with the new V60 plug-in hybrid, the energy balance is correspondingly sobering: the diesel, hardly active on the first half of the route, approved a good six on the second section-and thus over 100 kilometers-over 100 kilometers liter. But that’s how it is sometimes with the pioneers: in the rarest of cases the perfect result succeeds in the first attempt. With the V60 plug-in hybrid, Volvo at least shows that it is possible to build a diesel hybrid with an impressive electrical range in some areas of efficient, sovereign and quite fascinating diesel hybrid. And for the greatest weaknesses of the car – the high weight, the small trunk, the rather weak consumption balance – you can not even blame the Swedes: This is particularly the case.
Volvo V60 plug-in-hybrid-technical data: five-door, five-seat station wagon of the middle class, length 4.63 m, width 1.87 m, height 1.48 m, wheelbase 2.78 m, price from 58.710 euros
Diesel hybrid drive: 2.4-liter five-cylinder diesel, 158 kW/215 hp, 440 Nm at 1.500-3.000/min, electric motor with 50 kW/68 hp, 200 Nm, Vmax 230 km/h, 0-100 km/h in 6.1 s, consumption 1.8 l/100 km, 48 g CO2/km.

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