Volvo plugs in with fleet-friendly V60 D5 Twin Engine

  • V60 D5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid added to range
  • CO2 emissions of just 48g/km mean seven percent BIK rating
  • Also eligible for £2,500 Government plug-in car grant

You can already get your hands on a Volvo V60 with a plug-in hybrid powertrain in the form of the powerful D6 Twin Engine, but now the Swedish brand has added a second hybrid option to the range – the V60 D5 Twin Engine.

It’s slightly down on power compared with the D6 at 231hp, but the diesel-electric powertrain still offers more muscle than the rest of the diesel engines available.

Volvo is aiming for fleet sales with the V60 D5 Twin Engine. CO2 emissions of just 48g/km mean eligibility for a £2,500 plug-in hybrid car grant from the Government and exemption from the London Congestion Charge, which will appeal to business users in the capital.

Volvo’s plug-in hybrid models are proving popular with fleets – 57 percent of Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrids in the UK are business vehicles, such is the growing trend for company car drivers to opt for cars with ultra-low CO2 emissions and low BIK payments.

The V60 D5 Twin Engine falls into the lowest seven percent BIK bracket thanks to its plug-in hybrid powertrain, meaning it’ll cost £44* and £88* for 20 and 40 percent tax payers respectively – putting it on a similar level to the BMW 330e and Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrids.

Unlike the more powerful, more expensive D6 Twin Engine, the D5 Twin Engine is available in SE Nav trim only, but it still comes with plenty of standard equipment, including:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Sat-nav
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • DAB radio
  • City Safety (autonomous emergency city braking)
  • Automatic lights and wipers
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Electric folding door mirrors

What will boost the D5 Twin Engine's appeal to business users, though, is the fact its P11D value is around £12,000 less than the cheapest D6 Twin Engine.

*Prices correct for 2016/17 tax year

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