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V60 Hybrid, as good as they claim?

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Old Nov 18th, 2017, 00:28   #1
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Hi all,
Has anyone on here got a V60 D5 hybrid or know anything about how good/not so good they are?
I have a 2003 V40 DS and a 2000 S40 T4 and have recently changed jobs which has resulted in an extended drive around 45 miles round trip to the new place, part motorway, part Nottingham ring road with a speed limit of 30-40MPH so was thinking on whether changing cars would be a good idea.
The T4 is good fun but pricey to run with the diesel being economical but not so fun. thinking along the lines of D5 having enough poke to be fun, but running on batteries for a 30/40MPH area. The hybrid being zero RFL against 380 for the two I have.

As I would be buying second hand I have spoke to a Volvo garage who informed me that the battries are warranted for 8yrs or 100k which if correct would mean avoiding a higher mileage motor.

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance.
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Old Nov 18th, 2017, 08:07   #2
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I have one and have done so for a year. I tend to do short trips on a daily basis 14-20 miles which I do largely in pure mode, a weekly trip to the city circa 60 miles in hybrid and probably two longer journeys a month between 550 and 650 miles.
So far I have done 12000 miles averaging overall 62mpg. I charge mainly at home and occasionally at public charge points. In pure mood I think the best that I have achieved is around 26 miles. In winter this drops to around 20/21 miles per full charge.
Plus points- comfort, fuel consumption compared to previous car, preconditioning, power mode, VOC
Negatives - no rapid charging (slow charge capability), electric range, fiddlesome entertainment system, smallish boot, charging infrastructure and availability of working charge points.
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And sorry I should also have said for my 60 mile round trip to town I tend to use hybrid mode as there is rarely a working or available charge point anywhere near to my destination. If I leave with a full charge I think I get around 70mpg overall. The section includes 10 miles of single carriageway, another 10 dual and the rest town driving.
I find that a PHEV works for me due to the number of short journeys I make. When on long runs you dont have range anxiety, the car is good at motorway cruising and has the necessary oomph in power mode if required.
I charge at home using a granny cable. I think I have waited too long to get a home charge unit and seem to be outside the OLEV grant timeline. I could certainly see the benefit of a faster charge cycle.
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I have a d5 but not a hybrid I do roughly the same commute as you but into derby round trip is 55 Miles my average mpg is 40 at the moment. I looked at getting a d6 but the actual cost over a d5 was too much to warrant it ! Maybe down the line I may opt for one but Im really happy with the V60 d5 for now. Hope this helps too

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Hi How long does it take to get a full charge using what you call a granny cable? Which i am presuming is a standard 13 amp.
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I came from a Lexus hybrid to the D4 diesel, I didn't even consider the Volvo PIH because of the cost, and the limited increase in MPG. I also do 18k mainly motorway driving. The D4 was a tiny bit better MPG to the Petrol 2.5 Hybrid I had. But I think Volvo have a long way to go to get competively priced in this market. 35K for a Lexus vs 50k for a V60, not likely.
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Hi How long does it take to get a full charge using what you call a granny cable? Which i am presuming is a standard 13 amp.

7.5 hours or so with the setting at 6amp. Maybe 6 hours at 10amps. So ideal for overnight charging. Cable came with the car and I purchased a Type 2
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I came from a Lexus hybrid to the D4 diesel, I didn't even consider the Volvo PIH because of the cost, and the limited increase in MPG. I also do 18k mainly motorway driving. The D4 was a tiny bit better MPG to the Petrol 2.5 Hybrid I had. But I think Volvo have a long way to go to get competively priced in this market. 35K for a Lexus vs 50k for a V60, not likely.

Cost New for D5 Twin Engine was circa 36k before government low emissions grant. I think depreciation is high so I would anticipate maybe 24-26k for a one year old model
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Checked that price on Parkers and that would seem to be the going rate for a V60 D5 twin engine. I am not sure there are many around to check the advertised price
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I loved my D6 despite it's flaws, despite it's huge depreciation. I bought 20,000 less than the initial purchase price (saw the paperwork) and still proceeded to lose another 15,000 quite rapidly. Sooner or later the prices must level out though ??
although economical on fuel and tax, everything else about it was getting very expensive and I sold before the warranty expired as was getting rather nervous.
I could put up with the awful steering feel but ultimately my wife was refusing to drive it and I had to let it go.
Would still buy again?, oh yes!!!! but never at such a high price, and I would always have to drive home from t'pub!
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