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Many drivers are switching over to electric cars, and there are many makes and models to choose from. In 2017, Volvo Cars became the first manufacturer to state that its entire model range would become electric (mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or fully electric). This was a major decision for the company at a time when demand for electric cars is quickly increasing. New Volvo electric car models will meet the classic definition of an EV—a vehicle that is powered only by one or more electric motors.

Electric car technology continues to develop and multiple manufacturers are following suit. Soon, it will be easy to find a significant percentage of EV's in the showrooms of many manufacturers. If you're considering buying a Volvo electric car, we have the top 5 models on this list to help you make the right purchase for your next vehicle.

Product FAQ

1. What Is a Volvo Electric Car?

2. What Does a Volvo Electric Car Do?

3. How Does a Volvo Electric Car Work?

4. Where Can You Buy Them?

Overall Price Range of This Product (and Similar Products)

The price of a Volvo electric car ranges anywhere between $23,000 and $50,000 depending on the make and model.

What We Reviewed

  • V60 D5 PHEV Wagon
  • 2019 Volvo XC60
  • 2019 Volvo XC40
  • 2019 Volvo XC90
  • 2018 Volvo V90

Features

New Volvo electric cars are some of the best-looking cars on the road today. The new V60's design is yet another example of elegance. If you want an all-weather wagon that's incredibly beautiful, the new V60 may be the one for you. The V60 is well-designed, fast and practical. The Volvo 60- and 90-series cars are similar, in that they both the have same basic formula in design. The biggest difference between the Volvo V60 and V90 is in length. The V60 is almost 7 inches shorter than the V90. The wheelbase length is slightly smaller, too. Otherwise, the V60 is only an inch or two smaller in width and height.

PROS

  • Economic engine
  • Specially engineered four-cylinder engine
  • Drives like a real sports sedan

CONS

  • Compact trunk
  • Specially engineered four-cylinder engine
  • Infotainment system could be better

Price

Where to Buy

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Amazon

Performance

Every new 2018 Volvo S60 comes equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive. Volvo does not offer the S60 with a traditional manual transmission, however the automatic features a manual-shift mode. The T6 engine produces 310 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This allows the V60 to speed up to 62 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds. It has a 2.0-liter gasoline inline-four paired with a 65-kilowatt electric motor. Volvo is expanding its plug-in offerings, and the V60 is the first model to use the smaller T6 Twin Engine setup (and the larger T8).

Gas Mileage

Because of its smooth power delivery, most drivers will stick with the base engine. Volvo manufactured the turbocharged four-cylinder engine for 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration with the standard power source is impressive. You will also enjoy a strong fuel economy. They rate front-wheel-drive models to return 25 mpg in town and up to 36 mpg on the open highway.

Design

The most obvious difference between the V60 and big-brother V90 is in length. The V60 is almost 7 inches shorter than the V90 and the wheelbase length is smaller by 3.9 inches. Thor's Hammer LED lights flank the grille, with large wheels and L-shaped tail lamps. The V60's interior is almost identical to that of the XC60 crossover and 90-series cars, with a vertically oriented touchscreen in the center console.

Features

Being a Volvo, the V60 comes with several safety and driver help systems, including City Safety with Autobrake. The V60 also gets Volvo's semi-auto Pilot Assist system, which aids with steering, acceleration, and braking at speeds up to 80 mph. You'll also find a lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and other active safety features. The Sensus infotainment system carries over to this model unchanged. It is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and has a built-in 4G Wi-Fi hotspot.

The most obvious difference between the V60 and big-brother V90 is in length. The V60 is almost 7 inches shorter than the V90 and the wheelbase length is smaller by 3.9 inches. Thor's Hammer LED lights flank the grille, with large wheels and L-shaped tail lamps. The V60's interior is almost identical to that of the XC60 crossover and 90-series cars, with a vertically oriented touchscreen in the center console.

Features

The 2019 Volvo XC60 is a luxury 2-row SUV. The XC60 has one of the most luxurious interiors in the class. Its interior is elegant, relaxing and includes great standard safety and tech features. However, the XC60 ranks in the middle of the luxury compact SUV class because the current generation's expected reliability is below average. Keep in mind, ratings on safety and predicted reliability are still pending for the 2019 model year.

PROS

  • Impressive amount of standard and safety features
  • Elegant, spacious, and comfortable interior
  • Smooth ride and handling

CONS

  • New front-wheel-drive base model
  • Synthetic leather as standard upholstery

Price

Where to Buy

$

Amazon

Performance

The XC60's twin-charged four-cylinder provides sufficient thrust that can speed the car up to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds. Three engines are available in the 2019 XC60: the base 250-horsepower T5, the 316-horsepower T6, and the 400-horsepower T8. All come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Of the three engines, the upgraded T6 four-cylinder is the favorite among reviews. The T6 feels more like a potent V6 engine, with a turbocharger and supercharger. The base T5 is also turbo-charged, and it's a good alternative if you don't want to spend more for the T6 upgrade.

Gas Mileage

The XC60's fuel economy ratings with the T5 engine are 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. These ratings are above average for this class. Both ratings drop by 2 mpg with all-wheel drive, and the city ratings drop to 19 mpg with the T6.

Design

Volvo designed the XC60 to provide a relaxing ride. The ride is smooth with the optional air suspension system. Five drive modes are now standard in every model: Comfort, ECO, Dynamic, Off-road, and Individual. R-Design and Inscription add 14-speaker stereo, blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry and drive, power-folding rear outer head restraints, and a parking assistance system.

Features

The safety features offered in the 2019 XC60 are standard. These include advanced systems such as run-off-road mitigation and protection, oncoming lane mitigation, and a driver drowsiness monitor. Other features include collision mitigation with active braking, automatic braking after a collision, active high-beam headlights, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, and a rearview camera.

Features

The 2019 Volvo XC40 adapted the distinctive look of Volvo's larger SUVs into a smaller package. The 2019 Volvo XC40 is the newest entry in the growing subcompact luxury crossover class. Although it's slightly more expensive than competing vehicles, it comes standard with many features optional on other cars. The XC40 is sold in two trims, with several packages and stand-alone features.

PROS

  • Pleasing interior
  • Clever small-item storage
  • Several standard and safety features

CONS

  • The rear bench seat isn't comfortable for tall passengers
  • Touchscreen interface imposes a learning curve
  • Cargo area is small

Price

Where to Buy

$$

Amazon

Performance

The XC40's engine is a turbo-charged 2.0 liter combined with an eight-speed automatic. The T5 all-wheel-drive model has 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The XC40 feels smooth and powerful in everyday driving. A front-wheel-drive powertrain, dubbed the T4, will be featured later in the year in this model with a lower price and with slightly less power.

Gas Mileage

The XC40's fuel economy ratings are 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

Design

Volvo offers the XC40 in two trim levels: the Momentum and the R-Design. the Momentum configuration equips the XC40 with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, automatic high-beam control, roof rails, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, automatic climate control, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable driver seat, driver-seat memory settings, 60/40-split rear seats, leather upholstery, and ambient interior lighting. Numerous cubbies throughout the interior and a removable cargo floor partition are great for storing small items.

Features

Equipped with every XC40 is Volvo's City Safety feature, which can warn the driver if it senses an imminent collision with a vehicle, pedestrian, bicyclist or large animal. It'll even apply the brakes if you don't react quickly enough. Other standard features include a Wi-Fi hotspot, a large central touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. You also get advanced safety features including a rearview camera, lane departure warning and mitigation, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

 The R-Design costs more but adds larger wheels, black exterior styling elements, a sport-tuned suspension, a hands-free tailgate, and paddle shifters.

Features

The XC90 is a handsome vehicle that offers more efficiency and safety than its rivals while adding an appreciated design of Scandinavian flair. Models marked T5 have a 250-hp turbo 2.0-liter engine. The T6 adds a supercharger to the 2.0-liter for an increase in horsepower to 316. There’s room for seven in the elegant interior cabin, with deeply comfortable seats and Sensus, Volvo’s infotainment system.

PROS

  • Elegant interior and exterior styling
  • Spacious seating for a mid-size SUV
  • Many standard safety technology features

CONS

  • Busy ride quality
  • Standard touchscreen controls can be hard to use
  • Short on performance and real-world fuel economy

Price

Where t​​​​o Buy

$

Amazon

Performance

The T5 Momentum gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine (250 hp, 258 lb-ft) paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The T6 upgrades to a 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine (316 hp, 295 lb-ft torque). The T8 Plug-In Hybrid uses the same turbocharged and supercharged engine as the XC90 T6, but it adds an 87-hp electric motor, for a total output of 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. With a 240-volt charging station, fully recharging takes only about 2.5 hours.

Gas Mileage

The gas-powered XC90 outperformed its EPA rating. The plug-in XC90 earned 26 MPG overall, with 24 miles of the electric range before switching to the gasoline engine. The gasoline-only XC90 will deliver 470 miles of highway range, but the plug-in hybrid suffers from its smaller 13.2-gallon fuel tank and can cruise for 340 highway miles before it requires stopping.

Design

The 2018 Volvo XC90 is a luxury crossover SUV with three seating configurations and four different trim levels: Momentum, R-Design, Inscription and Excellence. They refer to the regular XC90s as the T5 and T6 while they call the hybrid the T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid. The T5/T6 XC90 has 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, a power tailgate, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, keyless entry and ignition, faux leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats, driver-seat memory settings, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Features

The technology features for the T5 Momentum include Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving mode, adaptive cruise control, a 9-inch central touchscreen, a navigation system, voice controls, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio and a USB port. The Momentum comes with plenty of standard equipment such as a rearview camera, lane departure warning, and an impressive 9-inch touchscreen.

Features

The brand-new 2018 Volvo V90 boasts a spacious and luxurious cabin with modern and user-friendly features, but cargo space is small for the wagon class. There are two strong engine options. The standard T5 powertrain in the 2018 V90 is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower. Also available is the T6, which is a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine that has 316 horsepower. Still, the V90 finishes in the middle of its class.

PROS

  • Premium interior materials and design
  • Powerful optional engine
  • Numerous standard features

CONS

  • Less cargo room than competitors
  • High base price

Price

Where to Buy

$

Amazon

Performance

The standard T5 in the 2018 V90 is a four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower. Also available is the T6, which is a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine that puts down 316 horsepower. Both engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The base engine comes with front-wheel-drive, while the T6 uses all-wheel-drive

Gas Mileage

The base V90 with front-wheel-drive gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

Design

Based on exterior dimensions, the new V90 is like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon. But the V90's exterior styling makes it look sleeker than the E-Class. Volvo equips the Volvo R-Design T5 and Inscription T5 to nearly the same level, differing in interior materials, seat designs, and colors. The R-Design features a sport suspension calibration, comes standard with paddle shifters, sport seats, and R-Design specific interior and exterior trim. 

Features

Features in the new V90 include Bluetooth, two USB ports, navigation, a panoramic roof, satellite radio, and the Sensus infotainment system. Other features include several safety tech additions such as blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, and lane keeping assist. The touch-screen display is within easy reach. You control audio and climate with the touchscreen.

The Verdict

For its features, engine, handling, and price we chose the V60 D5 PHEV Wagon as the best of the Volvo electric cars on the list. If you're looking for more luxury, features, upgrades, and horsepower, another Volvo on the list may spur your interest. Any of these vehicles will meet your best expectations, however, while introducing you to the expanding and developing electric car market. Drive safely.

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