Test: Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid AWD Aut 283 CV 2014

Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid car

The Volvo V60 D6 Plug In Hybrid is notable for its 283 hp and AWD system with an approach similar to that of PSA Peugeot-Citroën -DS: one front axle diesel and electric traction to the rear axle. If you want to know everything that gives out this model, read on.

Decline in cargo space.

The Volvo V60 Plug In Hybrid test today is clearly not intended to be a saver car, nor prices (about 60,000 euros) or for performance, nearly 300 CV will never be used to save energy when traveling . The mission of this model is an exercise in image, a technological showcase and a way to reduce fuel consumption and media approved its range emissions, to achieve figures of only 2.3 l / 100 km in the test cycle with its 40 miles of electric range.

Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid car

Technologically have been inspired by the pioneering PSA arrangement with its hybrid diesel, is basically the same idea: one front axle diesel and electric rear axle . New this Swede is that a battery has higher capacity and the ability to upload plugging it into your home network.

The truth is that no one type of client for which this model can be really interesting and is what makes daily runs lower than the electric range . That way you can scroll advantage of the low cost of electricity (not so much in our country, with the rate of the most expensive in europe light) and, above all, without polluting emissions .

Design

Outwardly, only the lid to the plug on the left front wheel arch difference this special version of the Volvo V60 the rest of his brothers equipped. The easiest way to identify (in addition to the outlet ) is in the rear view, with striking tailpipes and chrome rim edge of the gate with the inscription ” Plug In Hybrid “carved on it.

Everything else is common to the rest of the range, with a line of family model but with certain sporting shades thanks to the inclination of the rear window and marked shoulders outlined by the rear lights are also very visible to other traffic .

The metallic white color makes it look bigger than it actually is and masks of the reliefs of his body, with a front that reminds me to the Peugeot 508 .

Inside

Again what I like the interior of the Volvo V60 is the extraordinary comfort of their seats , in the case of this unit have the sporty finish with white stitching. Being level higher finish , we have all the luxurious details available, from sports steering wheel skin to the automatic operation of the rear headrests gloom.

The space occupied by the battery and electric motor r are 130 liters of capacity to the trunk, which also leaves a flat floor either by folding down the rear seatbacks. Thus, the volume of cargo luggage is only 300 liters , a figure very utilitarian than a familiar pattern.

Moreover, no differences within the V60 Plug In Hybrid, except the unique pleasure that when we move in silence when we drove in 100% electric mode .

Engine

The outline of this hybrid Volvo has a powerful-and nice- 5-cylinder diesel engine placed transversely on the front axle with a displacement of 2.4 liters, 215 hp and 440 Nm of torque, while the rear axle has a electric motor of 70 hp and 200 Nm of torque (that works with voltages up to 400 volts ) that can operate continuously up to 120 km / h , this means that we have a theoretical capacity of 285 hp , although not always available because their batteries do not have an infinite capacity, although significant, being able to deliver a power of 11.2 kWh .

To charge these batteries, the V60 PIH has an outlet in step left front wheel and a charger with 4 levels of intensity that allow full recharge between an hour and 45 minutes and 4 hours from scratch.

The diesel engine is fitted with a generator capable of supplying current to the battery hybrid system to recharge when necessary (eg to choose the SAVE or the 4WD mode), which significantly increases fuel consumption, so you should anticipate needs and avoid the diesel engine is the one supplied power .

I have found it quite difficult the number of modes available to us and did not make it clear when to use them. For starters we have 3 buttons in front of the shifter that allow us to select each of the three modes:

Pure : available whenever there is enough power in the batteries, means we move in 100% electric mode up to 120 km / h with a range of up to 50 km theorists.
Hybrid : In this mode the management seeks maximum energy efficiency deciding when to work the diesel engine and when not.

Power: if you press this key, both engines are always available on the right foot, providing maximum power.
In addition to these three modes, the console will find two keys with two additional functions:

Save : Selecting this function, management seeks to conserve at least 20 km of autonomy in electric mode, using diesel as a generator to keep that energy reserve batteries permanently motor.
4WD : both axes function (up to the maximum speed of the rear axle, 120 km / h) in unison to provide permanent four wheel drive, for which the diesel engine must drag the alternator that charges the batteries while providing torque to the axle forward, bringing consumption.

Equipment

With a list price of 62,000 euros , it is clear that the Volvo V60 PIH is positioned at the top of the range of the Swedish brand. Much of this sum is justified by its technology , but also for its complete equipment , is that virtually everything is included as standard on this model, leaving as optional only elements such as adaptive cruise control, sunroof or tires larger.

The test unit comes with absolutely full arsenal of systems that Volvo offers: collision sensor system safety city , lane change warning, blind spot sensors, warning pedestrians, adaptive cruise control … which makes it one cars with better active safety market.

One system that I like about this car is the assistant beam . Thanks to him we can always move with greater luminous range, while the device casts a shadow to avoid dazzling other traffic while we have the largest possible view.

Behavior

If you can drive the V60 PIH shortly after his brother, the V60 D3 you quickly realize the overweight we carry on the rear axle. Fortunately this extra mass is concentrated to a few centimeters high, so balancing does not increase too much to not raise the center of gravity , but the inertia, returning to the hybrid rather more awkward, with similar reactions they have the conventional version if you loaded the trunk with 200 kg of ballast.

In town we will notice only at roundabouts , but roads unless circulemos straight line or by wide highways, that extra weight is noticeable curve after curve. Not that I’m a traitor or strange reactions car, but it is clearly more awkward, which is confirmed as soon as you submit to examination in the test circuit to the avoidance maneuver at 80 km / h , which in this version forced to work the stability control to keep things in place after the zig-zag .

The emergency brake is stable in terms of its layout, but the distances are also somewhat higher than in non-hybrid versions appearing temperature fatigue after four attempts, unfortunately in this type of extreme braking , the electric motor retention does not compensate overexertion they undergo the service brakes by being overweight.

Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid 2015
Where the hybrid is unrivaled among his brothers is in terms of performance and pure acceleration , able to go from 0-100 km / h in just over 6 seconds and recoveries that make overtaking a cinch, that Yes, provided we have some energy stored in batteries to take advantage of that extra acceleration provided by the electric motor on the rear axle.

Consumption

Clearly the savings with this car is almost impossible to repay if we consider the higher price we paid for it, but when you consider the extra power and equipment is another matter. Who will find more advantages in this release are those who make daily trips with shorter distances to the autonomy it has in 100% electric mode (between 30 and 40 km), so we can use the car with energy as cheap as possible .

As it launches the powerful diesel engine the possibility of saving fades, with higher than average 6 l / 100 km highway going up almost another 2 l / 100 km more if we select the “SAVE” mode in which part Engine power is allocated to the alternator which maintains the batteries charged to ensure at least 50% capacity .

In town, in hybrid mode consumption not drop below 6 l / 100 km , and the extra weight of the batteries and the rear electric motor despite noticeable to assist each snatch.

If we decide to take advantage of the possibility of having all-wheel drive and select the 4WD mode (forcing function to the electric motor and an extra effort to diesel to ensure the supply of batteries and rear axle) the average will rise up to 7 l / 100 km .

Ultimately, only if we are to make urban travel and have the ability to charge batteries otherwise than by operating the diesel engine will pull stockings consumption actually offset the increased expenditure for this version, only then can we achieve the 2.3 l / 100 km consumption, approving this Volvo.