The Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Momentum has won the first ever 'Best Hybrid' award at the Tow Car Awards.
The seven-seat XC90 was praised for its excellent performance, its stability, handling and braking when towing, and for its practical boot. The testers were also impressed with the amount of room the XC90 T8 offers – its hybrid batteries are stored between the front seats, so they don't compromise the available cabin space, unlike in many hybrid cars.
David Motton, Tow Car Editor, Practical Caravan magazine, said: "Over the years, we've towed with quite a few hybrids, but not all have been able tow cars. However, the XC90 T8 is up with the best we've tested. It is quick and roomy, with tremendous performance and is very practical – it deservedly wins out first 'Best Hybrid' award."
The XC90 T8 combines a powerful and efficient petrol engine with an electric motor. This offers a combined 407 hp and the reassurance of all-wheel drive, while the electric motor's instant torque is particularly useful when manoeuvring at low speeds. Unlike some hybrid vehicles that have a comparatively low towing limit, the T8 also has an impressive maximum braked towing limit of 2,400 kg, which is enough to tow even large loads safely and confidently