Best used 2017-present Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid PCP finance deals

The Volvo XC60 is one of the safest SUVs you can get, with the running costs of a small hatchback in plug-in form. Here are the best deals

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Feb 28, 2022

Launched in 2017, the Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid appears to offer the best of both worlds. The pace and acceleration to rival a high-performance SUV, yet with the CO2 emissions and fuel economy of a Toyota Prius - provided you remember to regularly recharge the batteries.

Although it’s now sold under Volvo’s Recharge banner, the XC60 plug-in hybrid was originally known as the Twin Engine, in either T6 or T8 guise. It sits on the same platform as the one the larger Volvo XC90 is built around, so it’s not lacking in space or road presence.

In all cases, power is sourced from a combination of a 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor. The total outputs vary according to when the XC60 was built, but there’s no such thing as a sluggish XC60 plug-in hybrid. There’s a sliding scale of performance, ranging from the quick T6 to the rapid T8 Polestar Engineered, with the ‘standard’ T8 sitting in the middle.

Some versions will accelerate to 62mph in less than five seconds, which is roughly the same as an entry-level Porsche 911. Since 2020, all new Volvo models have been electronically limited to a top speed of 112mph, but an early T8 will be able to hit 140mph.

The size of the battery also varies depending on the age of the XC60. In its current guise, the 18.8kWh battery delivers an electric range of up to 48.5 miles per charge (T6) or 47.8 miles (T8). The earlier 10.4kWh and 11.8kWh batteries offer shorter range estimates but with reduced charging times. You’re unlikely to see the official figures, but it should be possible to complete a typical daily commute without using the petrol engine.

Key to this is recharging the battery, so get into the habit of plugging it in when you get home from work. You’ll get a 7m Type 2 charging cable with the car, which you can use to charge the battery at home using a wallbox or via one of the growing number of public chargers. Because the system is limited to a charging speed of 3.7kW, it will take around five hours to charge the battery, even if you plug it into a quicker charging point.

Cars built before the 2021 update offered a claimed 122.7mpg fuel economy, but the introduction of the 18.8kWh battery increased this to 282.1mpg. Impressive figures, but you’ll need to top up the battery regularly and mainly do short journeys to achieve them.

The plug-in hybrid is an impressive version of one of the best family SUVs you can get. Strong safety credentials, a quality feel throughout and a sophisticated interior combine to make the Volvo a credible alternative to plug-in hybrid versions of the Jaguar F-Pace, Audi Q5 and BMW X3. This is especially true following the 2021 update, which introduced subtle styling tweaks, improved connectivity technology and a larger battery. Read on to discover the best deals on the Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid and to learn more about the different trim levels.

The names of the trim levels have changed since the XC60 went on sale in 2017. Back then, drivers could choose either R-Design and Inscription models, with Pro equipment packs also available on both. Today, the T6 comes in Core and Plus trims, while the T8 comes in two versions of the Ultimate trim (Dark Theme and Bright Theme).

The list of standard features has, in the main, stayed consistent. Highlights include 18-inch alloy wheels, an automatic transmission (six-speed at launch, eight-speed on later cars), four-wheel-drive for safe and secure all-weather performance, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, a nine-inch portrait-style touchscreen media system and a suite of active and passive driver assistance systems.

There are also a few enhancements bespoke to the plug-in hybrid. These include an 'Orrefors' crystal gear lever knob, auxiliary fuel-fired heater with pre-conditioning function, electric rear axle drive and recharging port on the nearside front wing.

Cars with a 10.4kWh battery came with a 4.5m charge cable with a three-pin plug for domestic charging, but this was increased to 7m for the 11.6kWh battery. Today’s XC60 plug-in hybrid comes with a 7m cable for domestic charging and a Type 2 cable.

Best Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid deals

Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine R-Design deals

The R-Design trim is ideal for those who fancy a sporty flavour to go with the generous helping of power offered by the plug-in hybrid setup. Exterior highlights include dual integrated exhaust pipes, silver matt door mirrors and window surrounds, 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, dark tinted windows, high gloss black mesh front grille and a sporty suspension setup.

On the inside, the R-Design makeover extends to sports leather seats, front seat cushion extensions, black headlining, perforated leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, sports floor mats and pedals and R-Design treadplates.

R-Design
Used Volvo XC60 T8 R-Design

BuyaCar prices from £27,800
Monthly finance from £0*

Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine R-Design Pro deals

Look out for used examples with the R-Design Pro upgrade, as these offer significantly more for your money. The Pro pack cost around £5,000 more than the standard R-Design when new, but this was more than justified by the extra equipment.

Highlights include heated windscreen wipers, a heated steering wheel, active bending headlights, keyless entry and start, electric driver’s seat with memory function, rear footwell and side step illumination, headlight washers and a head-up display.

R-Design Pro also features 21-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, multicolour theatre lighting and puddle lights, electric tailgate with handsfree function and ambient lighting. You also get electronic air suspension for one of the most comfortable rides this side of a Rolls-Royce.

R-Design Pro
Used Volvo XC60 R-Design Pro

BuyaCar prices from £38,780
Monthly finance from £879*

Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine Inscription deals

When it was new, the Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine Inscription cost around £58,500, which is around £1,500 more than the R-Design. Inscription sacrifices the sporty flavour in exchange for a more lavish feel.

The posh makeover includes soft leather seats with cooling function, electric driver and passenger seats, front seat extensions with electric side support, driftwood inlays, chrome lower side mouldings with Inscription logo, chrome window surrounds and lower front bumper, and tailgate illumination.

Other highlights include 19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, multicolour theatre lighting, ambient door lighting, dual integrated exhaust pipes and multi-directional lumbar support. It’s worth noting that the seats in the XC60 are among the most comfortable in any modern SUV.

Inscription
Used Volvo XC60 T8 Inscription

BuyaCar prices from £35,800
Monthly finance from £0*

Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine Inscription Pro deals

With a price tag knocking on the door of £60,000, this was about as expensive as the Volvo XC60 got, short of adding a few option packs. Early examples are available for around half that figure on BuyaCar.

Highlights include heated windscreen wipers, heated steering wheel, active bending headlights, keyless entry and start, 20-inch eight-spoke alloy wheels, headlight washers, electric tailgate with handsfree function, head-up display, massaging front seats, puddle lights and electronic air suspension.

Inscription Pro
Used Volvo XC60 T8 Inscription Pro

BuyaCar prices from £27,200
Monthly finance from £0*

Volvo XC60 Recharge T6 Inscription Expression deals

The Inscription Expression trim is unique to the Volvo XC60 Recharge T6 plug-in hybrid and it cost around £50,500 when new. It’s essentially a more basic Momentum trim (not available on the plug-in hybrid) with a selection of added extras.

These include a high gloss black front grille with chrome inserts, chrome lower side mouldings with Recharge logo, 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, chrome window surrounds and lower front bumper, and dual integrated exhaust pipes.

Used Volvo xC60 T6 Inscription Expression

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Volvo XC60 Recharge T8 Polestar Engineered deals

When it was new, the Volvo XC60 Recharge T8 Polestar Engineered was the most expensive car in the range. It cost around £63,000, but because it’s popular with company car drivers, there’s a healthy supply of used examples on BuyaCar.

As the name suggests, this is more than a simple makeover. The Polestar Engineered package includes a 318hp 2.0-litre petrol engine and an 87hp electric motor to give the XC60 serious performance credentials. The 0-62mph sprint is completed in 5.4 seconds, a figure associated with the fastest hot hatchbacks.

Along with everything you get on the R-Design Pro model, the Polestar Engineered pack adds a premium sound system by Harman Kardon, metallic paint, front aluminium tread plates, Polestar badges, gold seatbelts and 21-inch polished/black alloy wheels.

Polestar Engineered front and rear brake calipers and floating front brake discs combine to give the XC60 superior stopping power, with a Polestar Engineered chassis to improve the handling around corners. An upgraded engine and gearbox, chrome exhaust pipes and gearshift paddles complete the comprehensive makeover.

Used Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered

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Volvo XC60 Recharge T6 Core deals

The Recharge T6 Core is the current entry-level version of the Volvo XC60 plug-in hybrid range. Standard features include 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, keyless start, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, 12.3-inch driver display, leather-faced upholstery, heated front seats and a full suite of driver assistance systems.

Current options, depending on the trim level, include metallic paint, 19-inch to 22-inch alloy wheels, soft leather upholstery with seat ventilation, sports seats, integrated child seats, dark tinted windows and a tracking system for added security.

Volvo XC60 Recharge T6 Plus deals

For an extra £4,500, the Plus trim builds on the Core model by adding more equipment and improved safety features. Highlights include adaptive cruise control, an electric tailgate with handsfree function, 19-inch alloy wheels, rear footwell and side step illumination, ambient door lighting and a heated steering wheel.

You also get an electric driver’s seat with memory function, front seat cushion extensions, Harman Kardon premium sound system, puddle lights, heated windscreen, parking camera, keyless entry and start, a driver awareness pack and heated seats.

Volvo XC60 Recharge T8 Ultimate deals

The range-topping Ultimate trim costs a cool £64,500, but you won’t need to peruse the options list. Highlights include electronic air suspension, active bending headlights, headlight washers, 20-inch alloy wheels, electric panoramic sunroof with curtain, head-up display and dark tinted windows.

Ultimate trim also adds a Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system, soft leather upholstery, ventilated seats with massage function, electric folding rear headsets and a choice of lime or driftwood inlays.

An XC60 plug-in hybrid in Ultimate trim will also come with a choice of design themes. If it’s Dark, it will feature high gloss black front grille, door mirrors, window surrounds, roof rails and front and rear bumper accents. If it’s Bright, these elements are finished in chrome.

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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