2021 Volvo XC60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid Vs. The Competition


Make a stylish and eco-friendly stand - see how the Volvo XC60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid comparison plays out. What exactly does the XC60 Recharge offer? Refined luxury, advanced tech, and confidence-inspiring safety are just the beginning. Throw in hybrid benefits, and you've got a winner. But to say that is ignoring the many competitors in this field. That also includes the larger XC90 Recharge, and you can check her out in our Volvo XC90 Hybrid comparison.

We may be biased, but we firmly believe that the XC60 Recharge holds her own beautifully against them. Below you'll find a detailed table showing the full Volvo XC60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid comparison to put things in objective terms. But first, let's discuss some of the many benefits of choosing an XC60 Recharge.

Eco-Friendly Performance Doesn't Have To Be Boring

Volvo Cars has been putting in massive amounts of work to make efficiency fun. To see evidence of Volvo Cars' hard work, check out its plug-in hybrid powertrains, which are the most powerful in the Volvo lineup. That includes the T8 eAWD powertrain you'll find in the XC60 Recharge. Starting with a gas engine that's both turbocharged and supercharged, an electric motor joins the mix to offer both an all-wheel-drive layout when needed and a hefty 400 horsepower output giving a seat-pinning 0-60 mph time of five seconds - not to mention the EPA-estimate of 57 MPGe.1

Want a more performance-oriented drive? Just select Power mode. Want to drive silently on all-electric power? Do so for up to an estimated 18 miles with Pure Electric mode. Want to balance fuel consumption, performance, and comfort? Choose Hybrid mode. Beyond this, a middle-mounted battery and dynamic chassis make for some superb handling characteristics. Practicality is also outstanding, with seating for five, up to 63.3 cubic feet of cargo volume, and a tow rating of 3,500 lbs when properly equipped - you can find this throughout our new Volvo XC60 selection as well.

Charging at Home or on the Road Is Simple With ChargePointâ„¢

Partnering with industry leaders, Volvo Cars makes it simple to keep your onboard battery topped up. You'll get a three-pin cable with your XC60 Recharge to charge her, but you may not even need to use it. That's because when you make a free ChargePoint account, you'll be able to easily find one of the over 100,000 public charging stations in North America to keep your XC60 Recharge topped up. Each of these uses up-to-date equipment and is part of a continuously growing network.

Of course, you could charge your XC60 Recharge from a generic household power outlet with that included cable. But, as your XC60 Recharge comes with both Level 1 and Level 2 charge capabilities, you could also choose ChargePointâ„¢ Home Flex for faster at-home charging. Volvo Cars recommend Qmerit for installing this system. Even then, you can keep your battery minimally charged by just driving, thanks to the regenerative braking system.

Find More Savings With Your Volvo XC60 Recharge Tax Credit

As if everything listed above wasn't enough, you can find savings on an XC60 Recharge with our Volvo lease specials. Still not enough? How about the fact that you'll be saving money not only on gas but on taxes as well? Specifically, you can find government and utility tax credits, grants, and rebates for related aspects like home-charging stations, public charging, and even the vehicle purchase itself.

This will all depend on where you live, but the goal is to encourage electric driving. With the XC60 Recharge, you may qualify for up to $5,4192 in federal tax credits. You'll be saving on fuel as well, so what's not to love?

The Competitive Volvo XC60 Recharge Warranty

The hits keep coming. Not only will a Volvo XC60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid comparison reveal competitive savings, features, and specs, but also a competitive warranty to boot. To start with, you'll get the standard four-year/50,000-mile XC60 warranty. Your confidence in this fuel-saving machine will grow even stronger, as the XC60 Recharge also adds an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on the hybrid battery and hybrid system components.

The Convenient Volvo XC60 Hybrid Benefits

Save money, experience performance-thrills, and relax in cutting-edge luxury, then charge with ease. What could be better? How about being able to use all those hybrid/EV-only parking spots you've had to pass up so many times at the mall? It's a new world of easy parking, and it's yours to explore with an XC60 Recharge. Better still, in many states, the XC60 Recharge will qualify for carpool/HOV lane access. For either of these benefits, we ask that you first confirm by checking your local regulations.

The Volvo On Call App

Parking in dedicated hybrid/EV spots makes life more convenient, so does the Volvo On Call app. Consider this: With your XC60 Recharge plugged in, you can precondition the interior temperature to your liking without emitting any emissions. The same goes for turning on your heated seats and steering wheel if your XC60 Recharge is equipped with them. She'll also match your schedule, as a programmable timer will automatically get things going for you. All of this can be done with a few taps on your smartphone or wearable device using the Volvo On Call app.

The Volvo XC60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid Comparison

We're just scratching the surface of the benefits packed into every XC60 Recharge. All that's above is just an overview of what makes this luxurious and efficient machine so attractive. There's still more to get excited about in-store. So without further ado, here's a chart showing how the XC60 Recharge stacks up to the competition:


2021 Volvo XC60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid

2020 Audi Q5e Plug-in Hybrid

2021 BMW X3 xDrive30e

2020 Mercedes Benz GLC350e

MSRP$53,500$51,900$49,600$51,900
Total Horsepower400362288315
Total Torque472369310516
0-60 MPH5.05.05.95.6
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.)18.515.313.217.4
Remote Engine StartStandardNot AvailableNot AvailableStandard
Panoramic RoofStandardOptionalOptionalOptional
Keyless EntryStandardOptionalOptionalOptional
Standard USB Ports4422
Leather UpholsteryStandardStandardOptionalOptional
LED Headlights with ABLStandardOptionalStandardOptional
Pre-Tensioners5224
Road Sign InformationStandardOptionalStandardOptional
Active Rear Collision WarningStandardOptionalOptionalOptional
Active Lane Departure WarningStandardOptionalOptionalOptional
Heated Front SeatsStandardStandardOptionalStandard
Front Seat Power Lumbar SupportStandardDriver OnlyOptionalStandard
Length184.6183.6185.9183.3
Width83.3 / 78.784.3 / 74.584.2 / 74.482.5 / N/A
Height65.365.366.064.7
Curb Weight (lbs.)4,6984,6854,5864,555
Headroom (F/R)38.0 / 38.040.2 / 37.741.1 / 38.537.8 / 38.5
Legroom (F/R)41.5 / 38.041.0 / 37.840.3 / 36.440.8 / 37.3
Shoulder Room (F/R)58.2 / 56.357.7 / 56.557.6 / 56.057.3 / 56.5


*2021 Volvo XC60 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid details focus on the 2021 Volvo XC60 Recharge Inscription Expression.
**Comparison Information from AutoPlanner (September 2020).
Source: OEM sites. Audi and Mercedes information reflects MY20.


1This is an electric vehicle. Since electricity is not measured in gallons, a conversion factor is used to translate the fuel economy into miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe). EPA-estimated 57 combined MPGe. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe will vary for many reasons, including but not limited to, driving conditions, how and where you drive, how you maintain your vehicle battery-package/condition, and other factors. For more information, including information on MPGe, see www.fueleconomy.gov.

2Purchase of the XC40 Recharge P8 may qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500. Eligibility for income tax credits depends on an individual's tax situation. For further details, visit the Internal Revenue Service's page on Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Credit (IRC 30D) and refer to IRS Form 8936. Government incentives are outside of the control of Volvo Cars and are for informational purposes only. These incentives are subject to change without notice. This is not tax advice and Volvo Cars encourages consulting with your tax, financial, or legal advisor for further details and to determine eligibility for these tax incentives. *Model Year 2020 tax credit figures, Model Year 2021 is not yet official.