Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence road test review

December 28, 2016 12:42
Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence road test review

A hybrid has more than one source of power - an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. The Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence is a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid vehicle. Presently, it is the main full-measure extravagance plug-in hybrid SUV discounted in India.

Valued at 1.25 crore, it comes furnished with a sumptuously designated cabin, a variety of comfort and well being elements, and its two power sources have a joined yield of 407PS and 640Nm.

As far as plan, the module mixture adaptation of the XC90 holds all the styling signals of the petrol-fueled form.

The T-shaped 'Thor's hammer' inspired headlamps along with the large oval grille not only look stunning but also make it stand out among its peers.

The big LED tail lamps are perfectly chiselled and along with the quad exhausts are as stunning as the front.

There's the layered leather-wrapped dashboard which uses soft-touch materials. It gets a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system called the Sensus Connect which lets one control various functions of the car. The key difference between both variants is that the T8 Excellence is available in only a 4-seater configuration.

Contrasted with the consistent petrol form, the four seats in the XC90 hybrid get more legroom. Additionally, every seat offers warming, ventilation, leaning back and massage capacities. Each seat is hung in perforated nappa leather and is electrically movable.

The cabin is exceptionally all around protected, and scarcely any tire thunder or motor commotion channels in. The boot area has been isolated from the lodge by a glass segment. This guarantees the back seat tenants are in their very own universe.

The Orrefors precious stone rigging shift handle is excellent to take a gander at. To begin and turn off the car, one need not press a button. Rather one needs to simply turn a precious stone cut handle situated beneath the gear shift handle on the middle reassure.

Between the back seats, Volvo has keenly put a refreshment cooler which can hold two 750ml bottles. It additionally houses two handcrafted Orrefors crystal glasses. The back focus armrest houses a touchscreen comfort which permits tenants to flip between various diversion choices and control the cooler's temperature.

The 1,400W 19-speaker Bower & Wilkins sound system is an audiophile's dream come true. All Volvo cars highlight particularly agreeable seats as the manufacturer works with orthopedic specialists to plan their seats.

The Volvo XC90 is based on the carmaker's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform.  Its T8 engine is a combination of a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor powered by a Lithium-ion battery.

The direct-injection petrol engine is turbocharged as well as supercharged and makes 320PS of power. The electric motor generates 87PS and 240Nm of torque. That gives the XC90 T8 hybrid a combined output of 407PS and 640Nm of torque.

The engine comes mated to an 8-speed Aisin gearbox which shifts seamlessly when driven in a relaxed manner. However, when you stamp on the accelerator, the Aisin takes a palpable moment before it selects a lower gear and pushes forward with purpose and verve.

The XC90 T8 sprinted to 100kmph in 6.1 seconds, which is quick. It took just 3.95 seconds to complete the 30-80kmph run and 4.2 seconds to accelerate to 120kmph from 80kmph. In terms of efficiency, it delivered 9.8kmpl in the city and 11kmpl on the highway.

There are six driving modes to choose from - AWD, Pure, Hybrid, Power, Off-road and Individual.

In Pure mode, the XC90 T8 Excellence is driven just by the electric engine and has a constrained scope of up to 40 kilometers.

In the event that the mode recognizes that more power is required, then the petrol motor goes to the guide of the electric engine. The regenerative braking capacity uses the vitality produced amid braking to charge the battery.

In hybrid mode, the vehicle changes between the battery and petrol engine as an engine source. The petrol engine powers the front wheels while the electric motor powers the rear wheels. The battery will get charged in 2.5 hours by plugging into the Volvo charging station.

Between the engine and the gearbox lies a crankshaft-mounted starter generator which also allows a smooth transition from electric to a petrol-electric drive. Similar to the petrol-powered XC90, the plug-in hybrid version also gets air suspension as standard.

The XC90 T8 Excellence plug-in hybrid has more space and luxurious. Being a Volvo, it comes packed with a host of safety features like adaptive cruise control, collision detection, pedestrian detection, and large object and animal detection, to name a few.

The XC90 T8 is priced at Rs.1.25 crore.

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