Volvo Mild Hybrid Vs. Recharge Hybrid SUVs: What's The difference?

Volvo Hybrid vs. Plug In Hybrid SUVs

There are a number of Volvo hybrid SUV models out there, and the differences between them can be challenging to parse. As of this current model year, every Volvo vehicle is a mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or all-electric vehicle. We'll leave all-electric cars for another page; here, we're going to discuss the differences between mild and plug-in hybrids.

We will also detail the current Volvo SUV lineup to help you decide which one is the best fit for you and your loved ones. The Volvo XC90, for example, is a luxury three-row SUV that serves well as a dedicated family vehicle. Hybrid Volvo SUV automobiles all offer excellent fuel economy, making them excellent options for folks in Houston, TX.

Volvo Mild Hybrid vs. Plug-in Hybrid SUV

When someone says "Volvo hybrid SUV," they might mean a plug-in or mild hybrid option. The difference between these terms is important to understand as you shop for your next vehicle. A mild hybrid automobile uses a battery-and-motor system to assist the car in accelerating and maintaining its speed. This electrical architecture cannot power the vehicle by itself but rather allows it to drive efficiently.

In a mild hybrid, the battery is recharged by a process known as regenerative braking. When you brake, the motors actually run backward and recharge the battery. This is an efficient use of energy, but it does mean that the battery can run low when you're heavily using it and not braking frequently. This technology does make mild Volvo hybrid SUVs very efficient on the roads in Houston, TX.

On the other hand, plug-in hybrid vehicles also use a battery-and-motor configuration and an internal combustion engine to achieve excellent fuel economy. However, they have to be recharged by an external power source. They can use regenerative braking, but they provide more electrical power than mild hybrids and, therefore, need more juice. In exchange, this vehicle can be driven on purely electrical power for limited periods.

Volvo Hybrid SUV Options in Houston, TX

As we noted above, the entire Volvo lineup is now electrified. The Volvo XC40, for example, is available as a mild hybrid or an all-electric vehicle. The Volvo XC60 hybrid can come as a mild or plug-in variant. The Volvo XC60 is an excellent choice because, as a two-row SUV, it has a spacious and luxurious interior but is not so big that you cannot effectively maneuver it on the road. It is also quite fun to drive.

The plug-in hybrid Volvo XC60 Recharge gets an estimated 63 MPGe (Combined).1 This is a truly impressive number and will assist you in stretching the family budget a little further every month. The entry-level mild-hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 23/30/26 MPG (City/Highway/Combined),2 while the all-wheel drive iteration scores an EPA-estimated 23/29/25 MPG (City/Highway/Combined).2 Volvo Cars leaves it to you to decide if you want all-wheel drive or better fuel economy.

The Volvo XC90 hybrid is also available as a mild- or plug-in hybrid. This SUV differs from the Volvo XC60 in that it is a three-row vehicle, offering plenty of space for your family and friends. It enjoys a wide range of luxury features, including available real wood interior accents and a panoramic moonroof.

The Volvo XC90 Recharge, the plug-in hybrid model, gets superior fuel economy, earning an estimated 58 MPGe (Combined).1 By contrast, the entry-level Volvo XC90 B5 gets an EPA-estimated 22/28/25 MPG (City/Highway/Combined).2 Whether you want to drive the plug-in hybrid or the mild hybrid version of this sleek SUV, you'll enjoy excellent fuel economy.

Start Driving a Volvo Hybrid SUV Today

Our whole team is proud to offer the dynamic Volvo hybrid SUV lineup to our patrons in Houston, TX. We do everything we can to serve your needs effectively, whether you want to purchase our new Volvo XC90 Recharge for sale or lease a Volvo XC60 Recharge.

The finance folks at our dealership do their best to provide low-rate financing to qualifying customers. We make it easy to apply for financing so that you can spend your time focusing on your vehicle search. Our sales team strives to be helpful and transparent. Visit us today to test drive a Volvo hybrid SUV.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Volvo models are hybrid?

As of the 2023 model year, every Volvo automobile is electrified. The lineup includes mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicles. The Volvo XC40 is available as a mild hybrid or an all-electric SUV. The Volvo XC60 can be a mild or plug-in hybrid; the same goes for the Volvo XC90 SUV. All of these cars offer excellent fuel economy.

Do Volvo hybrids charge while driving?

Volvo hybrid vehicles use a technology called regenerative braking to recharge during driving. When you brake, the motors run backward to act as generators that provide power to the onboard battery. This innovative technology allows for efficient driving and the excellent fuel economy rates described above. However, additional charging may be required. Visit our dealership in Houston, TX, today to test drive a sleek new Volvo hybrid SUV.

How long does a Volvo hybrid battery last?

This question is somewhat academic, seeing as hybrid Volvo vehicles are rather new. The general consensus among industry experts is that a hybrid battery will last at least a decade and that it might hit two if it is treated well. Keeping your automobile away from extreme weather can help extend the battery life, as can regular maintenance and careful driving.

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1Anticipated range is according to WLTP and EPA driving cycles and real-world range may vary. This is a hybrid plug in vehicle. Since electricity is not measured in gallons, a conversion factor is used to translate the fuel economy into miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe). Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe will vary for many reasons, including but not limited to, driving conditions, how and where you drive, how you maintain your vehicle battery-package/condition, and other factors. For more information, including information on MPGe, see

2For more information, please visit the official US government source for all fuel economy at

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