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Review: Volvo XC90 T8

Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in-hybrid is a 400-hp luxury SUV with 472 lb.-ft. of torque that achieves a combined average of 53 mpg-e and a 14-mile range of pure electric drive. It’s powered by in-line 4-Cylinder Turbocharged/Supercharged Engine with 87 hp Electric Motor.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Volvo
  • Model: XC90 T8
  • First available: June 2017
  • Next Upgrade: May 2017
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 7
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 5.3s
  • Range: 14 miles 21 km
  • Price: $67,800
    Price: €63'100
    Price: £64'500

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • 9.2kWh lithium battery
  • Charge time

    • 2.5 hours using a 220V charger

Innovation & Self-driving

1 User Review on “Volvo XC90 T8”

  1. CarEnthusiast
    A Different Approach to Electric Drive
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    Volvo XC90 T8 - I have test driven this car

    With the 2017 XC90 T8, Volvo takes a completely different approach to building a plug-in hybrid crossover. While most all-wheel drive hybrids are set up to have both the gasoline engine and electric motor working in tandem to send power to all four wheels, this is not the case with the XC90 T8. Instead, the gasoline engine sends all of its power to front wheels, while the electric motor is used to power the rear wheels.

    Powering the front wheels is a turbocharged, supercharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline engine that is rated at 331 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. But this is only the beginning as the rear wheels are powered by an electric motor that develops 87 horsepower of its own and pumps 117 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. The total output rating of both ends up at 400 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

    The electric motor is powered by a 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is tucked away in the center tunnel. According to the EPA, the XC90 T8 can go up to 14 miles on batteries alone, but you may find your results vary based on your driving habits. There is an onboard charge mode that lets you recharge the batteries while driving using the gas engine and regenerative braking, but typically this only gives you about 5 miles of range.

    The good news is that when using a “Level 2” charging plug, the batteries can be fully recharged in approximately two and half hours. You can of course switch between hybrid, gasoline, and pure electric modes. So after spending plenty of time doing my homework, I managed to slide into my local Volvo dealership and take one out for a test ride. Going from zero to 60 miles per hour took just under five and half seconds, which when you consider the size and weight of the XC90 T8, is very acceptable.

    According to the latest numbers from the EPA, the XC90 T8 gets a combined rating of 25 miles per gallon in gasoline-only mode and 53 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) in hybrid mode. It is also fitted with Volvo’s Pilot Assist that uses the stripes on the road and the car in front of you to steer the car and keep you in the lane. Having your vehicle basically drive for you takes a bit of getting used to, but I have to admit that after I got used to it, I found the system very useful. Overall, I quite enjoyed driving the XCT8, but the torque steer tends to tug on the front wheels a bit more than I would like.

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