I have just completed a 25 night family holiday to the south of Spain from Scotland, mostly by road (ferry from Plymouth to Santander). Total distance driven 2450miles. The car was heavily loaded (very) with 3 people and enough luggage for a month with no need to wear the same clothes both morning and afternoon! My wife had packed for a round the world trip.
Before leaving I feared that I might only achieve around 35mpg, however, I have been pleasantly surprised.
I left home with a full charge, charged again to full at an overnight hotel near Stoke on Trent (same on the return journey) and one full charge in Spain.
I used only 'Hybrid' drive mode and found that the initial 24miles of full charge would typically help out over about 150 - 200miles. By the time I got to Plymouth I had achieved 55mpg. This was virtually all motorway driving at 70 - 75mph.
Most of the approx 1600miles covered in Spain was on either motorway or main 'A road' but also a fair bit of driving into city centres. We tended to travel at the speed limit , so usually a maximum of 120kph on the motorways.
In Spain the temperature was normally in the 35 - 40 ºC range so Aircon was doing its thing all the time.
So, what did we achieve? ........47mpg
An improvement over the 44mpg from our 1.6l diesel auto 2WD Kia Sportage that we used for virtually an identical trip last year. This made me very happy. At home running mostly in 'Pure' mode means we are saving over £1000 per year in vehicle energy costs.
Happy Volvo owner.
XC40 T5 Recharge, Onyx Black, Blond, Polestar, Climate, Drivers Assist, Versatility Pack, 360o Camera, Privacy Glass, DC-3 Dash Cam, Wireless Charge, Android Auto.
Ordered 21st Oct.2021
Delivered 25th March 2022