Cars Volvo V90 Recharge T6 AWD R-Design 2020 UK review

04:25  21 september  2020
04:25  21 september  2020 Source:   autocar.co.uk

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You are here. Car reviews ›. Volvo V 90 Recharge T 6 AWD R - Design 2020 UK review . Being the biggest and the most expensive T 6 petrol-electric option of the new trio, the V 90 might not be the one to do the most fleet business for Volvo , but it does occupy something of a notional sweet spot within that

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What is it?

Having been one of the first to offer plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrains in its saloons, estate cars and SUVs, Volvo lauded an early lead over its mostly German rivals for anyone looking to cut their company car tax and fuel bills with an executive car they could plug into the mains. Gothenburg’s first PHEV offering was fully eight years ago now, though – and plenty has changed since. There’s now a lot of competition for plug-in hybrid fleet business, as well as much greater relative importance placed on those plug-in hybrids by the company car tax system, and model prices have steadily fallen.So having first pitched its PHEVs as diesel-electric options, and then as quite highly priced petrol-electric pseudo-performance options, Volvo is finally getting down to brass tacks and making its bigger plug-in options a bit more value oriented. You can now opt for slightly cheaper and less powerful T6 Recharge-badged versions of the V60, XC60 and V90, and both of the ‘V’-prefixed estates will get you access to that highly desirable 10% benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax classification for your next company car.Being the biggest and the most expensive T6 petrol-electric option of the new trio, the V90 might not be the one to do the most fleet business for Volvo, but it does occupy something of a notional sweet spot within that little line-up within a line-up. It’s got traditional ‘big Volvo’ practicality and luxury accommodation levels, as well as four-wheel drive for those who want it; but you can still get one out of the showroom with an associated CO2 rating of 50g/km or less, and at a price competitive with what you might pay for an equivalent Mercedes, BMW or Audi PHEV - so long as you don’t go mad with the optional equipment.The V90 T6 Recharge does rate slightly less favourably for lab-test fuel economy and C02 emissions than some of its rivals, mostly because it retains the 11.6kWh drive battery that Volvo’s T8 hybrids have used for a while – and many rivals have bigger ones and greater all-electric range. What’s important to note, however, is that the car sits right on the cusp of the 50g/km BIK tax threshold; so, with the way new cars are now tested and classified for carbon emissions taking in the influence of optional equipment, if you lavish too many weight-adding and energy-sapping cost extras to your car, you’ll miss out on the tax saving you may be aiming for.Our test car was in R-Design trim, with optional 20in wheels, adaptive dampers and air-sprung self-levelling rear suspension. Thusly configured, it qualified for a sub-51g/km carbon rating, and you can add Volvo’s various driver assistance, ‘tech’ and ‘lounge’ option packs, too, without fear, and the expensive Bower & Wilkins stereo if you want it. Ours had all of that stuff, but just a retractable towbar on top of all those things would have pushed it out of the 10% company car tax band and up to 13% instead.Now imagine having to explain to your nearest and dearest that a towbar or some heated rear seats were effectively costing you £700 a year in tax. Doesn’t bear thinking about, does it?

What is it like?

An improvement over Volvo’s comparable T8 hybrids in many ways. To be fair, the V90 T6 Recharge isn’t necessarily a better car than a T8 so much as a better-aimed one; but, to this tester at least, there was no doubt that it ran more quietly and economically in its combustion modes than several T8 Twin Engine Volvo hybrids I’ve driven and set as high a general standard for on-board comfort and isolation as any big Volvo I can remember.

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The car uses largely the same turbocharged four-cylinder 250bhp petrol engine as the old V90 T5, rather than the more highly strung ‘twincharged’ 2.0-litre four that T8 hybrids use, with its supercharger working in addition to a turbocharger. The engine starts and stops very quietly and smoothly, and doesn’t disturb the reserved calm in which the car operates even when it has to work hard.

It also combines well with the electric motor on the back axle to make the V90 feel as brisk as anyone is likely to want a £50,000 modern Volvo estate to feel. Run around in 'Pure’ or electric mode and you’ll get between 20 and 30 miles on a full charge, depending on your driving style and the ambient temperature mainly. Drive on with the car’s drive battery flat and you’ll get an easy 40mpg.

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That sets the tone for a car of precisely the kind of rounded, obliging, any-occasion temperament you’d want any big Volvo to have, I reckon. It’s comfortable, simple and easy to operate, handsome to look at and very pleasant to spend long journeys in, but super-spacious and highly practical, too. The way it would simply melt into your everyday life, enriching it without imposing on it one jot, is probably its greatest asset.

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The car has sporty-looking, gently bolstered, leather-upholstered seats, but they’re no harder or less comfy as a result of that look, and they’re no problem at all to easily slide in and out of. There’s bags of room for taller adults to sit in comfort in the back row (Volvo has replaced the 12V power outlet here for a couple of USB-C charging ports), while in the boot, you get a perfectly flat load-bay floor, which the rear seatbacks extend very nicely when folded down. No battery intrusion, then; just a smallish charging cable bag to accommodate.

The car’s driving experience is nicely simple by PHEV standards. The stubby gear selector has an extra ‘B’ setting you might not be expecting, which ramps up electrical energy recuperation on a trailing throttle – but if you elect not to use it, this is a big, serene, wafty car that’ll ‘sail’ or coast for what can seem like miles if you let it, apparently running on fresh air. It doesn’t have gearshift paddles, nor does it really have any serious performance pretensions. The ride is soft and quiet and only very occasionally trips up over a raised edge in the road, even on 20in wheels, while the controls are filtered and broadly pleasant.

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Interested drivers might have preferred a bit less of an amorphous, spongy feel from the brake pedal and steering, but when you’re floating around at classic Volvo pace, the lack of tactile engagement isn’t likely to bother you too much. If you do feel like hurrying, you can select gears yourself in ‘B’ mode by knocking the shift lever left and right, and if you select the car’s ‘Power’ setting, its steering weights up a touch and its adaptive dampers do a fairly credible job of controlling its mass at swift B-road pace. The car’s perfectly well composed when it needs to be: it’s just at its best at other times.

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Should I buy one?

There are now comparable mid-sized executive PHEVs in the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Mercedes E-Class model ranges and, for bargain hunters, perhaps we shouldn’t forget the Skoda Superb iV, which has very comparable interior space. But none of those rivals offers four-wheel drive and an estate bodystyle at the moment – and only the BMW is likely to any time soon.

That’s just another reason why you might see a lot of everyday-use, real-world ownership appeal in this Volvo, I suppose. I certainly do. It would be a fairly expensive car for a private buyer, I guess. But then I ran a V90 D5 as a long-term test car three years ago, and that was a £45,000, 40mpg car itself.

And if I’d just traded it in for this T6 Recharge? For a car so relaxing and agreeable, and with a great deal more than the D5 ever really had to offer besides, I wouldn’t have to look very far to easily justify where the extra money had gone.

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