The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is now more appealing, especially in the long run, thanks to the new Transport for London Congestion Charge Policy and Company Car Tax. London’s Congestion Charge scheme has a new Carbon Dioxide emission limit of 75g/km, effective July 1, 2013. Since the Volvo V60 D6 AWD has carbon dioxide emissions of just 48g/km, it will still benefit from the Ultra Low Emission Discount (ULED) for the Congestion Charge.
The vehicle will still benefit from being in the lowest Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) tax band, even as changes in the taxation of diesel hybrid cars were made.
Already confirmed by Transport for London, the current Greener Vehicle Discount and Electric Vehicle Discount will be replaced by the ULED. This will reduce the carbon dioxide eligibility of vehicles from 100g/km to 75g/km.
This means that the Volvo V60 D6 AWD could still have a free entry into London's Congestion Charge zone and avail of reduced parking fees in some areas. The Volvo V60 D6 AWD will also benefit from the zero first year vehicle tax and zero annual vehicle tax.
Companies purchasing the Volvo V60 D6 AWD also gain from the 100% first year write down allowance. Hybrid BIK taxation was initially expected to increase from the current (2013-14) 5% to 15% in 2015-16.
The government has confirmed that vehicles emitting between zero and 50g/km of carbon dioxide will be taxed at 5% in 2015-16 and 7% in 2016-17, instead of the higher 51-75g/km band, taxed at 9% and 11% respectively.
After its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motorshow, Volvo made various exterior and interior enhancements to the V60 D6 AWD. A customer could avail from a number of color and feature options.
Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is available in SE Lux Nav specification and features newly developed technology like Active Bending Xenon Headlights with permanent high-beam and Cyclist Detection. The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid has a starting price of £48,775 (£43,775 including the £5000 Plug-in Car Grant) on-the-road.
Volvo is targeting the new Volvo V60 towards customers looking for a stylish Scandinavian vehicle that is as versatile as an estate and as agile as a sedan. Just like the new Volvo S60, the new Volvo V60 now has greater presence on the road, thanks to its horizontal lines that have been further emphasized to better link the car to the road. In addition, the silhouette of the Volvo V60's simply exposes the fact that this vehicle is a wagon with the looks of coupe.
As designed, the new Volvo V60 offers a dynamic driving experience. In fact, it boasts of the same sharp handling and same chassis options. It also offers the same levels of drive modes: Touring, Dynamic, Four-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) and Lower Sport Chassis. Patrik Widerstrand remarked that the standard Dynamic chassis on the new V60 offers a responsive, in-command driving experience.
Allowing the new Volvo V60 to be extra versatile is the fact that it features intelligent seating. For instance, users could fold its rear seats in three 40/20/40 segments to easily and quickly increase its rear load space of 430 liters. In addition, the new Volvo V60 comes with two-stage integrated booster cushions (for children) that could be popped up from the seat base in just one simple movement. These booster cushions allow for safe and comfortable ride height for children aged three years old and up.