Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Volvo V60 D6 Awd

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Volvo V60 D6 Awd

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Byline: Chris Russon

IT looks like any other Volvo V60 estate but hides a silent secret under the boot floor, a mass of batteries that power an electric motor for up to 31 deeply hushed miles.

After that the diesel engine cuts in and this most expensive V60 (by a country mile) becomes a conventional, noisier beast until you've time to hook up the cable for another four hours of electrical charge.

Actually, there are three way to treat a fully pumped up electric Volvo estate.

Push the button marked Pure and it's electricity only, until the batteries are flattened and diesel power takes over. Choose Hybrid and the car decides which mode is most economical, switching from electric (around town, say) to diesel, for example, when climbing a steep hill.

Thirdly, if you tire of the eco life, a push of the Power button has both diesel engine and electric motor working together, to produce an unlikely looking rival to a full-on sports car away from the lights. The battery charge won't last long like this, though.

So it's clear that Volvo's engineers have thought hard about making their roomy estate as green as possible, while having to use an existing car as the base. In the right circumstances, its high price might even make sense alongside a much cheaper diesel-only V60.

For instance, a commuter with a 15-mile run to the station every weekday morning and the same home at night, where the Volvo can be plugged in to the custom-installed charging point, or simply hitched to a domestic 13 amp plug socket.

Volvo V60 D6 >Price: PS48,775 >Mechanical: >diesel engine via 6-speed 69bhp electric wheels Max speed: > The Government is so 0-62mph: 6.1 >Insurance group: >Combined mpg: >CO2 emissions: >BIK rating: 5% >Warranty: 3yrs/> keen to encourage electric car use it lops PS5,000 off the price of the V60 hybrid, making the resultant PS43,775 bottom line look a little more attractive, especially if the car is bought for company business and the accountant goes to work on your behalf. Trouble is, the real world and the fantasy fuel consumption figures that Volvo is forced to print bear no relation to reality. …

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