The XC90 is a great 7-seat family car, and the plug-in model blends perfectly into the mix, too
Volvo recently made headlines with its announcement that all of its models will have some form of hybrid drive by 2019, and the XC90 T8 is one of the first models to showcase this hybrid tech.
The plug-in model features the same 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine as the T6, but it’s bolstered by an electric motor to make a healthy 320bhp. That’s enough to give the Twin Engine a 0-62mph time of 5.3 seconds, although really the XC90 is at its best when you take it easy.
Air-suspension, super-comfortable seats and a classy cabin make it a properly posh family car, and because the hybrid drive system is fitted under the floor (taking up space next to a smaller fuel tank0, it means the XC90 remains a full 7 seater. It really is the perfect all-round upmarket family car that just happens to have some off-road ability in its range of talents.
Best hybrid SUVs
- 1. Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine
- 2. Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
- 3. BMW X5 xDrive 40e
- 4. Audi Q7 e-tron
- 5. MINI Countryman S E
- 6. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
- 7. Lexus RX 450h
- 8. Kia Niro
- 9. Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e
- 10. Lexus NX 300h