Volvo has a long-standing love affair with station wagons and is one of the few manufacturers who like to build really fast ones. In the case of the 2021 Volvo V60 Recharge plug-in hybrid, based on the S60 Sedan, it combines a stylish and practical wagon body style with an eco-conscious hybrid powertrain. But don't let the term "hybrid" fool you into thinking that this is a boring grocery-getter: the V60 Hybrid is a 415-horsepower sleeper that will sprint to sixty in only 4.3 seconds thanks to a combination of a 2.0L twincharged inline-4 and a hybrid electric setup. Top speed is limited to 112 mph. Not only do you get great off-the-line performance, but there's over 20 miles of electric-only range. The V60 Recharge also showcases a beautiful, high-end interior, putting it in the ring with wagons from Mercedes and Audi - but, in its plug-in hybrid configuration, it's not really a fair fight against the 261-hp Audi A4 allroad. In a niche of its own, the V60 Recharge has a lot to offer.
Volvo has thrown a few new standard features at the V60 range, including LED exterior lighting, power-folding mirrors with auto-dimming, and a few extra USB-C charging ports. The V60 is also safer thanks to standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Finally, this V60 plug-in hybrid gains the Recharge moniker for 2021, bringing it into line with other electrified Volvo models.
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2.0L Twincharged Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
There has traditionally been only a small segment of the car-buying population dedicated to the station wagon body style, and while Volvo is still seen by most as a niche brand, it continues to deliver such excellent products that it's hard to believe it's not more popular. The V60 Recharge plug-in hybrid is a shining example of the brand's ability to deliver a product that is practical with over 60 cubes of maximum cargo space and a towing capacity of 2,000 lbs, packed with safety features, and easily as luxurious as German competitors - but in the family wagon segment, it's unique in its hybrid configurations.
The V60 Recharge is gorgeous to look at, and its simplistic yet refined interior is something we've come to love from Volvo. The big talking point here has to be the way it drives. With a specially-tuned chassis, Ohlins shock absorbers, and massive power, the V60 feels more like a sports sedan than a family station wagon, and if you work close to home, it won't cost you a cent in gas - you have 22 miles, according to the manufacturer, of all-electric range between charges, and a combined gas mileage figure of 69 MPGe. The dual benefits of great power (415 hp/494 lb-ft managed via an 8-speed automatic and eAWD) and excellent fuel economy put the Volvo V60 Recharge hybrid wagon in a class of its own. And, although there is no dedicated safety review for the Volvo V60 Recharge plug-in hybrid for 2021, the NHTSA's review of the standard Volvo V60 is impressive too. This is one of the more unique family-car offerings out there, and we love the package as a whole.
Volvo doesn't really do cheap. The company is focused on delivering luxury products, and the V60 Hybrid falls directly into that category. The fact that it's packed with advanced tech, specialized chassis tuning, and a rather complicated powertrain doesn't help keep the price down either. The 2021 Volvo V60 Recharge plug-in hybrid has a price of $67,550 MSRP excluding tax, registration, and a destination fee of $1,095. If spending that much money on a family station wagon irks you and you're not completely stuck on the idea of a hybrid, there's always the Audi A4 allroad, which starts at $44,600, but is not nearly as powerful, luxurious, or feature-packed.
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