The notion of hybrid performance was brought to the fore by none other than the emergence of the holy trinity of hybrid hypercars
– the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, and Porsche 918 Spyder. But in the real world – for the bulk of us that can’t afford such engineering marvels, hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) commuter cars are the closest we’re likely to get to this tech for some time. But all that glitters isn’t gold, and in the real world, the functionality of hybrid offerings differs from that of bona fide performance car royalty. Real world hybrid and PHEV cars also have some real world flaws too, along with some real world benefits. But do the pros outweigh the cons? My recent experiences in a PHEV Volvo XC90
T8 eAWD brought some of these to light.