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Our fleet: Volvo V60 D6 Hybrid SE Lux Nav - April 2014

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Our six month term with the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid production car seemed to come to an end pretty quickly.

However, in that time the world of plug-in hybrids has marched onwards with company car drivers being offered more choice.

Before the Volvo 60 there was just the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, which offers half the potential zero-emissions mileage of the Swedish car, but we now have the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV with a plug-in Mercedes-Benz S-Class on the way. Others will no doubt follow.

The V60 has an impressive set of figures, including CO2 emissions of 48g/km. For a company car driver the 5% BIK tax band this attracts will offset the near £50,000 P11D value.

We said in the last update that ultimately the V60 is a compromised package, and perhaps not the best platform to demonstrate Volvo’s fuel-saving powertrain.

The boot is the smallest of any Volvo estate, the potent but relatively thirsty (and noisy) 2.4-litre diesel disappoints for fuel consumption on a motorway journey, and it isn’t the roomiest car in the D-sector.

But it is lavishly equipped with most of the features available on the V60 as standard, has supremely comfortable seats and a handsome looking vehicle.

We know Volvo will be rolling out the technology to more vehicles in future with a more economical four-cylinder engine as part of the package.

The first new model to showcase the new technology is expected to be the long-awaited XC90 replacement which will be seen in public for the first time at the Paris motor show in October, while future Volvo models will be offered with plug-in hybrid technology.

Therefore the company will have learned a lot from the V60 and feedback from its customers, and should be in a strong position to making more rounded products that will have broader appeal for the next generation of cars.

Simon Harris

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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