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2022 Volvo XC60 Hybrid
Base MSRP: From $54,800 to $62,300
- T8 Inscription Expression– From $54,250
- T8 Inscription Expression Extended Range – From $54,750
- T8 R-Design – From $60,400
- T8 R-Design Extended Range – From $60,900
- T8 Inscription – From $62,300
Battery Size:11.6-18.8 kWh
EPA Range: 19 to 35 miles battery-only, 500 to 560 miles total
Charging Acceptance Rate: 3.7kW
Performance: turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 455 horsepower
Mileage estimate: 63 MPGe, 25-29 mpg
Price estimate: From $54,800 to $62,300
Warranty: 4 years / 50,000 miles
Drivetrain Warranty: 4 years / 50,000 miles
Roadside Assistance: 4 years/ unlimited
Corrosion Warranty: 12 years / unlimited
2022 Volvo XC60 PHEV Review
There are a number of labels associated with the Volvo XC60 Recharge. For the record, Volvo calls it a midsize SUV. However, we’ve seen int categorized as a compact SUV and a friend insists the Recharge is a wagon.
Whatever the true designation, one thing is for certain: the 2022 Volvo XC60 Recharge has received the stamp of approval. It’s a performance-laden vehicle that’s fun to drive. The plug-in hybrid delivers more electric range than most other PHEVs on the market. The competition includes the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, and Mercedes GLC.
The Recharge arrived in 2018 and since that time Volvo has continued its commitment to making more and more electric vehicles. The Swedish company has an ambitious goal of being all electrified (hybrid or better) by 2025. The XC60 is also sold as a gas-powered vehicle and had its best sales a year ago – 41,582, topping its previous high mark by nearly 10,000.
Exterior Style and Features
For this review, we will refer to the Recharge as a midsize SUV. Volvo gave it a mild front styling refresh, featuring an updated grille and a revised front fascia. The latest version of the Recharge also has more range than ever before, slightly improved fuel economy, and a new hybrid powertrain.
The battery has grown to 18.7 kWh and the electric-only range has also increased, almost doubling from 19 to 35 miles, a high number among PHEVs. It takes roughly 3-4 hours to charge the battery on a fast-charging outlet and 6-8 hours from a standard home 110-volt outlet.
Vehicle Power and Speed
Looks are deceiving because at first glance the Recharge doesn’t give off the impression it’s fast. Not many plug-in hybrid SUVs can match the powerful Recharge, which has an electric motor that’s mated with a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder to produce 455 horsepower and a whopping 523 pound-feet of torque. It travels 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds, quite impressive for an SUV that weighs 4,400 pounds.
The Recharge comes standard with all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is solid – 63 MPGe in electric mode and 25-29 mpg overall.
We enjoyed how the Recharge handled in practically every driving situation. It’s a fun SUV to take on the open road and also performs well around town doing errands. It shifts through the gears effortlessly and gives the driver lots of confidence when navigating along country roads where its precise handling is appreciated.
The Volvo XC60 comes standard with driver assistance safety features that includes front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, brake assist, and front and rear collision warning.
One of the first things that are noticed when entering the interior is the unusual plaid cloth upholstery that Volvo refers to as the “City Weave Textile.” It helps give the Recharge an elegant look and sets it apart from rivals.
The vehicle has a vertical touchscreen and few physical buttons, something that might not be to everyone’s liking. We found it annoying that commonly used features are buried in multiple screens. The Recharge employs Google integration that includes a Google “Assistant” that’s voice-activated. It comes standard with four USB-C ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and a smartphone charging area.
Passengers will be pleased with the amount of room the Recharge offers; it’s ample in both the front and back row, where three people can find comfort. Both front seat occupants have six-way power-adjustable front seats. Cargo space is 22.4 cubic feet and expands to 63.3 cubes with the back row folded down.
The revamped 2022 Volvo XC60 Recharge has many fine qualities that make it worthy of checking out if leaning toward a plug-in hybrid SUV. It has excellent performance, a unique interior, and a reasonable sticker price.
User Video Review: Volvo XC60 Hybrid Review
Recommended Charging Stations = LCS-20
Recommended Power Level of Charging Station = 16A
Vehicle Acceptance Rate: 3.7kW
Manufacturer Details by Volvo