Volvo has revealed the 119g/km DRIVe versions of its S80 saloon and V70 estate, which it claims are the world’s first large premium executive cars with emissions of less than 120 g/km.
Equating to 62.8 mpg, these are indeed impressive emissions figures for such large cars. However they come with a 1.6 litre turbocharged diesel engine that produces just 109bhp, so the driving experience doesn’t promise to be particularly exciting.
Volvo has made changes to lower the S80 and V70 DRIVe’s previous emissions figure from 129g/km, and extract an additional 5.1mpg of combined fuel economy. One result is that the range of both cars increases to nearly 1100 miles.
Both cars fall into Vehicle Excise Duty Band C, costing motorists just £35 per year, which again is incredible for cars in this category. The cars provide lower Benefit-in-Kind tax bills for company motorists and Volvo says that the fuel savings will be 60 litres per year, equivalent to receiving a free tank of fuel.
Volvo has used two main techniques to reduce CO2 emissions further on both cars. Intelligent battery recharging ensures that the car’s control system only allows the alternator to charge the battery when the engine is operating at low load, for instance when driving downhill.
Also the belt that drives the alternator and air conditioning compressor has reduced friction which helps to lower fuel consumption and emissions.
Both models are available to order in SE, SE Premium, SE Lux and SE Lux Premium trim levels.
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