Electric and hybrid vehicles are becoming all the range, with more manufacturers releasing hybrid versions of their most popular vehicles year on year. Arguably Volvo’s most successful creation is the XC90 and with that a hybrid version available on lease.
The XC90 T8 Twin Engine uses a combination of a supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine paired with an electric motor. The engine has an output of 320 bhp with the electric motor adding instant power and an extra 87 bhp. There are a number of drive modes for you to select your preferred method of delivering the 376 bph. As standard the vehicle runs in hybrid mode, which automatically switches between electric and petrol power for the best performance and economy. There are a range of other drive modes, the most notable of which is the ‘Eco mode’ that will run the XC90 on electricity alone for a total of up to 25 miles.
To aid the battery recharge when you lease a hybrid XC90 there is regenerative braking as well as the option to recharge the battery through the engine. Plugging the battery into a charging point will refill your battery quickly from a wall box in just over two hours. There is also the option to charge the vehicle from a standard socket however this will slow your charge time.
Lease a Volvo in hybrid form and you’ll get from a standing start to 62 mph in a swift 5.3 seconds when in ‘Power Mode’. Very impressive when you consider the size of the vehicle in question! The instant acceleration thanks to the electric power makes the XC90 feel quick off the mark and can reach a top speed of 140 mph. In regards to how the car drives, theT8 model feels just as relaxing and responsive as the rest of the range. Soft suspension does a good job of soaking up all but the largest of road imperfections so that you can sit back and enjoy the ride from the upmarket and plush feeling interior.
Despite the extra space taken up by the battery the XC90 can still comfortably transport seven people with ease. You’ll be hard pressed to find another hybrid on the market that can say they do the same! Both front and rear passengers will feel right at home in the XC90.
From the exterior the XC90 looks as smart as ever and only the most eagle eyed passers-by may spot this is a hybrid vehicle. There’s the addition of the extra fill cap on the front side of the car for charging purposes as well as the subtle T8 badge on the rear of the car. Apart from that the hybrid model is in line with the rest of the XC90 range from its exterior.
Drivers needing a seven seat vehicle with sharp looks and an economical drive need look no further than the T8 XC90. Lease an XC90 today to get behind the wheel of the benchmark vehicle for hybrid seven seaters!