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’s range varies between 27 and 34 miles depending on trim level and spec, so will easily cover most urban commutes.

  • Range:27-34 miles (WLTP official, electric only)
  • Battery:11.6 kWh
  • Domestic socket:4 hours
  • Home/Public charger (7kW):3 hours
  • Fast charging 0-80% (50kW):1 hour


The XC90 charges more quickly than many of its rivals – just three hours on a home charger, while mid-journey top-ups using a rapid charger are also perfectly viable. You’ll see 80% charge in an hour. But the trade-off is a limited range, which surely isn’t helped by the XC90’s weight. While the official range is between 27 and 34 miles, owners we’ve spoken to have seen less than 20 miles to a charge in harsh conditions.


Volvo’s 11.6kWh battery isn’t the biggest on the market, with the BMW X5 45e boasting a 24kWh pack. But the Volvo's is very flexible, taking a charge quickly and is set-up for fast charging using on-street charging points. That means you can use it quite flexibly if popping into town for shopping, or straying a little further than your normal commute – all with no tailpipe emissions.


A slow charge will take 4-5 hours from a three-pin socket, or around three hours from a dedicated home charge point. A full charge using a rapid charger will be largely the same, but you can get an 80 per cent top-up form a roadside charging point in the time it takes to do your weekly shop.

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