Only the best win the best awards, which is why the Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid has been voted ‘Green Car of the Year’ at the 2016 Professional Driver Car of the Year Awards. A prestigious addition to the incredible roster of accolades the XC90 range has won, the Professional Driver Awards are given only to the most exquisite cars that meet the highest of standards for use by professional drivers and chauffeurs. The awards celebrate the best in private hire, and the Green Car of the Year category was open to any vehicle with CO2 emissions of 70g/km or below. With its ingenious twin-engine hybrid design, the XC90 T8 that emits just 49g/km of CO2 sat comfortably below the target figure and went on to take the overall accolade.
The particular model used was the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Inscription, which boasts unrivalled levels of standard luxury as well as an innovative plug-in hybrid drive train that combines impressive performance with high-levels of real-world efficiency. As you’d expect from any Volvo, the XC90 T8 is also extremely safety focused with a range of advanced safety features that make it one of the safest models on the road. This high level of safety combined with Volvo’s exceptional levels of quality and refinement made it an easy choice for the judges who honoured it for its luxuriousness, affordable running costs and low CO2 emissions.
The Volvo XC90’s cabin is the epitome of beauty and luxury with Nappa soft leather upholstery, natural wood inlays and leather door tops all as standard. The smaller touches of elegance really shine through, such as the standard rear footwell lighting, the side step illumination and the integrated sun curtains in the rear doors. These features combined with a panoramic glass sunroof and four-zone climate control make the XC90 a compelling choice when it comes to luxury, and with high levels of versatility and masses of space for passengers and luggage, Volvo’s largest SUV is a first class choice as a premium vehicle for both drivers or chauffeurs.
Equally as impressive as the standard levels of equipment is the outstanding fuel efficiency. The Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Plug-in Hybrid offers an uncompromising driving experience along with excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions all at the same time. It's a milestone in the journey to incredible efficiency and this is all done by supercharging and turbocharging a 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine that utilises a potent electric motor to drive instant torque to the real wheels. The result is a seamless hybrid system with outstanding handling, courtesy of its excellent weight distribution. A system this advanced means the T8 Twin Engine can handle most people’s daily commutes in pure electric mode, and with a petrol engine that is available at any time, there's really never any need to worry about range.
It’s this fusion of performance and efficiency that combines with the kind of luxury you would expect from Volvo that makes the XC90 T8 Twin Engine Hybrid Green Car of the Year for the judges at the Professional Car Awards.
Volvo also received praise for its chauffeur programme that is available with the XC90. It includes a three-year, 100,000 mile warranty as well as a like-for-like replacement vehicle, direct aftersales support and service plan options. The service is also available with contract hires of up to 50,000 miles a year as well.
With Volvo vehicles making exceptional choices for private drivers, the chauffeur programme makes a compelling choice for anyone looking for the ultimate in private vehicle hire. The chauffeur programme enhances the ownership experience by allowing passengers to truly embrace the luxury the Volvo range has to offer.