Volvo XC90 T8 Recharge Review


Volvo’s luxury PHEV SUV has had a mild facelift – but is it still up there with the best of the best?



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  • Battery size: 11.6 kWh
  • Company car tax: 13%
  • Emissions: 63-76 g/km
  • Range: 27-34 miles (electric only)
  • Fuel economy: 113 MPG
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Driven and reviewed by・ Published: 12/08/2020・Updated: 21/09/2022

Nicki Says

“You'd hardly think a Volvo could be exotic, but the XC90 has an electric motor plus a petrol engine with both a super and a turbo charger! That means the big Swede is fast and efficient. I love the way it looks too - the essence of Scandi-Cool.”

Tom Says

“I used to have an XC90 PHEV. It was a cracking do-it-all car, but the range on EV-only was only about 11 miles... More recent Volvo tech means that’s better now - but wait for the proper BeV if you want to be properly green.”

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Volvo XC90

The XC90 is far from cheap, but the savings will quickly start to pay you back.

  • Price:£67,495-£79,945
  • PHEV Full charge cost (at home):£1.90
  • Company car tax:PHEV - 19% (2020-2021)
  • Insurance group:44E
  • Vehicle warranty:3 years / 60,000 miles
  • Battery warranty:8 years / 100,000 miles


With prices ranging between £66,000 and the best part of £80,000, the XC90 is a very expensive car – not long ago, this would have been top-of-the-shop Range Rover money. 

But it’s also highly desirable and Volvo knows this, plus as a company car it can be run quite efficiently and it also enjoys strong residual values. If you’re a fleet user than your company may well look at whole-life costs, in which case the XC90 is a whole lot more affordable than it first appears. 

Volvo also offers personal leasing to both private and small business customers, so there are ways around the astronomical list prices. 

Running costs

Where the XC90 falls down, though, is that it isn’t cheap to run. If you only do a handful of miles a day on pure electric, then you won’t notice this so much, but when you look at it as a motorway car or a long-distance business car, which is what many owners use them for, you’re looking at a far less efficient picture. Indeed, in some cases a diesel XC90 would be a lot more frugal but it wouldn’t attract the tax breaks. 

But if saving tax is your ultimate goal, you'll be better off with a pure electric alternative such as the Audi e-tron, or the hugely-efficient BMW X5 45e hybrid. 

Insurance is pricey too, group 44 for the mid-range Inscription Pro trim.

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