Highway Take a look at: 2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge Final

Highway Take a look at: 2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge Final

Stunning Efficiency in a Compact Plug-In Hybrid SUV

Okay, a present of arms if “fast or quick” come to thoughts when Volvo SUV is talked about. Volvo has flipped its normal script with the 2023 XC60 Recharge plug-in hybrid, nevertheless it hasn’t sacrificed any of the advantages of proudly owning a plug-in hybrid automobile (PHEV), which is the proper bridge between a gasoline and electrical energy.

New for the 2022 mannequin 12 months, the 2023 XC60 Recharge continues to ship efficiency and all-electric and hybrid effectivity in a premium compact SUV.

2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV

Energy and Vary

The XC60 Recharge PHEV combines a turbocharged and supercharged inline 4-cylinder engine with 312 horsepower (hp) and an 18.8-kilowatt electrical motor good for 143 hp, producing a complete of 455 hp and 523 pound-feet of torque. The 8-speed computerized transmission drives all 4 wheels by way of digital eAWD with driver-controlled drive modes.

2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV
Supercharged, turnbocharged and paired with a 143 hp electrical motor

Vary and gas financial system are rated by the EPA 28 mpg metropolis and freeway mixed for the hybrid engine. With a totally charged battery, the XC60 Recharge can go 36 miles on pure electrical energy (speed-limited to about 80 mph) and has a 63 MPGe ranking. That’s a measurement of how far a automobile can journey, electrically, on the identical quantity of power as is contained in a single gallon of gasoline. In our week driving by way of Southern California, we averaged 32.8 mpg whereas getting as a lot as 40 miles when driving within the all-electric mode. To get these numbers, we charged the battery thrice, used the Battery Save and Cost features discovered on the touchscreen, and drove in electrical when on the town, then hybrid with battery save when on the freeway.

To maximise vary and gas financial system it takes studying what works greatest to your driving model, but additionally the willingness to plug-in at house in a single day after which working the drive modes on the touchscreen. A PHEV is the pure bridge between a gasoline and electrical propulsion, nevertheless it solely works when the automobile is plugged in at any time when doable. If you happen to can plug in your cell phone at evening earlier than going to mattress, you may as well plug in your automobile.

On Highway Expertise

As famous earlier, the XC60 Recharge is fast, most likely faster than could be anticipated for a compact SUV. There are driver selectable drive modes–Hybrid, Energy, Off-road, Fixed AWD and Pure (Electrical). Our solely concern is that the drive modes are buried within the middle touchscreen and never activated by a stand-alone swap or buttons. Eradicating eyes from the street isn’t an excellent factor.

2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV
Quick and composed

In just a few 0-60 mph runs, we persistently clocked round 4.6 seconds within the Energy mode, which felt even quicker. The supercharger smoothed turbo lag, leading to linear acceleration throughout till lifting. The automated seamlessly went by way of the gears (an enormous due to Volvo for not having paddle shifters).

The XC60 Recharge Final has normal four-wheel impartial suspension, however can add (as ours did) an non-compulsory air suspension for $1,800. This mix resulted in well-composed dealing with for the 4,698-pound SUV. Steering was constructive and direct, with little to no physique roll except pushed too laborious round corners. The journey was supple, however not mushy or floaty, and felt nice on winding roads.

Choosing Pure when driving on mountain curves was clean, peppy and unaffected by transmission shifts. When in Hybrid, the electrical help got here on on the proper time when a bit extra oomph is required.

The XC60 Recharge comes normal with eAWD and an Off-Highway drive mode setting, however don’t confuse it with the likes of a Land Rover, Vary Rover, Bronco or Jeep. The XC60 Recharge is happier on gravel or forest service roads, or when issues get snowy on pavement.

If towing, the utmost weight is 3,500 kilos. Volvo presents a tow hitch, tow ball, 4/seven pin wiring harness and a power-folding tow hitch that folds beneath the rear fascia.


There are 3 ways the XC60 Recharge battery is replenished.

2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV
Plug usually for one of the best outcomes
  •  A twin voltage charging cable is included that may absolutely cost with a typical 120 volt family outlet in eight hours. With a 240 volt Stage 2 charger (at a most of three.6 kW), it takes 5 hours for a full cost. It is very important notice chilly climate can have an effect on the charging time and all-electric driving vary. Volvo contains two adaptor plugs for 15 amp and 20 amp charging.
  •  When the hybrid engine is working, the battery might be charged by choosing the Cost mode.
  •  When driving, each time the XC60 Recharge slows or stops, regenerative brakingconverts kinetic power into electrical power, and shops it within the battery.
  •  Deciding on Maintain within the middle display will protect the battery cost to be used in-town or city areas.

Swedish Design

The XC60 Recharge stands alone in its exterior design, however not in a very flashy means. A mixture of sharp edges and clean surfaces results in an eye-appealing look. Volvo positions the XC60 as a luxurious SUV, and it does fairly nicely towards robust opponents from Audi, Porsche, Lexus, Genesis, Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz (our exams of these opponents is on the finish of this text).

2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV
Swedeish design components

The appropriately sized grille is bordered by LED headlamps with a particular lighting sample of a horizontal elongated “T”. The XC60 Recharge Final Black we have been driving was particularly engaging with blacked-out decrease air vents, decrease fascia grille and higher grille, which additionally has the Volvo badge incorporating the front-facing digital camera.

The physique coloration wheel arches considerably elevate the luxurious quotient as having black, chunky brush guard trim would look pedestrian. The rear view mirrors are gloss black and have built-in flip alerts. There’s additionally gloss black on the roof rack rails and the B and C pillars. The doorways are properly sculpted, aiding in air stream and aerodynamics. To take the XC60 Recharge to true luxurious, the rear wiper must be tucked beneath the roof spoiler.

The 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels with gloss black inserts are shod with Continental CrossContact LX Sport all-season 255/45 tires. 22-inch wheels are a $1,475 choice. The rear will get vertical LED taillights that run from the built-in roof spoiler to the rear fender. The hands-free and remote-operated energy elevate gate has easy badging figuring out the XC60, Recharge mannequin and AWD. The rear fascia and bumper are physique coloration, and the exhaust ideas are tucked beneath. Very clear.

Welcoming Inside

Climbing inside, you enter a tasteful mixture of laborious and mushy plastic supplies, gloss black surfaces, actual wooden and brushed aluminum trim. The gear shifter is topped with a sculptured crystal glass head made by Orrefors. Stylish.

2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV
Tastful class

The heated and ventilated energy entrance seats have reminiscence, with the motive force additionally getting lumbar help. The padded middle console has USB-C ports, two entrance and two rear. The middle storage will not be as deep and huge as many SUVs we drive as a result of the battery is within the middle console, versus being beneath the seats or within the rear cargo space. This was a good move by Volvo as storing away your gear within the rear is extra vital than further console cupboard space.

The seats in our Final trim have been lined in black leather-based with tasteful contrasting high stitching. The headrests are thinner than most we see, which was an enormous plus for facet and rear visibility. The roof is split into a set moonroof over the rear seats and an influence sunroof for the entrance passengers. An influence sunshade covers them each.

The no-nonsense sprint homes a 12.3-inch digital driver show display, and a 9-inch vertically-oriented coloration touchscreen that homes the navigation and the rear view digital camera. Our XC60 Recharge Final featured the non-compulsory Bowers & Wilkens sound system ($3,200) with a 1,400-watt, 12-channel amplifier and 19 audio system. The system has an open-air woofer and a tweeter that sits atop the middle of the sprint. Do you like music? You’ll love this method that features FM and Sirius/XM (sorry, no AM band) in addition to wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The steering wheel has controls for audio, smartphone integration with Bluetooth and the adaptive cruise management. There isn’t any wi-fi cellphone charging.

2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV
Luxurious you should utilize

The XC60’s 8.5 inches of floor clearance bumps you as much as present a transparent outlook on the street. Even with the facility solar and moonroof, there’s ample headroom for 2 six-footers up entrance, and two within the rear. The XC60 Recharge is rated for 5 passengers, however with the middle console housing the battery, it extends into the rear middle foot space, that means the middle rear seat passenger’s toes shall be a bit cramped. It is a compromise Volvo engineers needed to make for the Recharge as this is similar platform for the gasoline-powered XC60.

The rear passengers (if solely two are on board) get a middle armrest with cup holders, energy adjustable headrests, and HVAC vents neatly positioned within the B pillars. If there are not any passengers out again, drop the 60/40 break up heated rear seat. The storage space then will increase to 63.3 cubic toes and is able to load cargo by way of the straightforward entry giant hatch opening operated by distant management and a kick-sensor.

Security and Warranties

The 2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge comes normal with twin entrance side-mounted, entrance and rear head and full-length facet curtain airbags, 4-wheel ABS, automobile stability administration, traction management, hill begin help, a tire strain monitoring system, anti-theft alarm and an engine immobilizer.

2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV
It’s a Volvo wagon inside

The usual superior driver security help system (ADAS) features a 360-degree encompass view digital camera, blind spot monitor and avoidance, computerized emergency braking, sensible cruise management, and rear cross visitors alert and computerized braking.

The 2023 XC60 Recharge comes with these warranties:

  • Drivetrain – 4 years/50,000 miles
  • Fundamental – 4 years/60,000 miles
  • Hybrid Electrical – Eight years/100,000 miles
  • Free Upkeep – Three years/36,000 miles      
  • Roadside Help – 4 years/Limitless miles 
  • Anti-perforation – 12 years/Limitless miles

The 2023 XC60 Recharge has been rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

(IIHS) as a Prime Security Decide+, its highest award. The Nationwide Freeway Traffic Security Administration (NHTSA) has not examined the plug-in hybrid, however standard versions of the XC60 got a high 5-Star security ranking.

2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV
Spectacular beneath the pores and skin, too


The 2023 XC60 Recharge is available in 5 trims. All pricing contains the necessary $1,095 vacation spot cost.

The XC60 Recharge Final Darkish (Clear Fleet Report drove) had a base value of $68,950. With the $1,095 vacation spot cost and $6,645 in choices, the full got here to $74,890.

Listed here are the 5 trims:

XC60 Recharge Core Vibrant – $59,390

XC60 Recharge Plus Vibrant or Darkish – $63,640

XC60 Recharge Final Vibrant or Darkish – $69,140

Observations: 2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge AWD Final Black Theme

2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV
The entire bundle

The 2023 Volvo XC60 Recharge is a powerful automobile. The seat consolation, entrance and rear, is excellent, the journey is supple and by no means jarring, the gas financial system and all-electric vary are greater than good, and the efficiency gets-up-and-goes.

When purchasing compact SUVs there could also be an inclination to cease taking a look at some within the increased value vary fashions. This may be a mistake as the best way Volvo markets the XC60 Recharge, it as a luxurious SUV, so it must be in contrast with like autos. However it’s greater than that as, when in search of a SUV, efficiency and effectivity must be a consideration. In each areas the XC60 Recharge shines.

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Story by John Faulkner. Photographs by John Faulkner and Volvo.

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