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?

  • Battery size: 11.6 kWh
  • Miles per £: 14.2
  • Battery warranty: 8 years / 100,000 miles
  • Emissions: 63-76g/km
  • Range: 27-34 miles (electric only)

Nicki Says

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“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


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“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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Five years in and used values for the XC90 are holding up strongly.

  • Prices from:£35,000

It has been on sale in the UK since late 2015 and in that period the XC90 T8 has established a strong name for itself as one of the most popular and desirable used SUVs there is, not least because of the low road tax and EV capability it promises. 

The cheapest one we’ve found for sale so far is a 2016 model at £35k – that’s a residual value of over 50 per cent after four years, and goes to show just how popular the XC90 still is. 

Our advice is to weigh up the pros and cons of new versus used in this context, as you might find its now less expensive per month to finance a new one than it is a pre-owned example, especially when you factor in the benefits of the warranty and dealer support.

That said, the XC90’s reliability record is good so far, with only minor electronic niggles generally being reported. Time will tell if that lasts. 

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