I’m interested in buying a used Volvo - the V60 plug-in hybrid. Thoughts?
A lot of my mileage is very short - school runs, local stuff. The 31 mile range of the plug in battery system is probably a good balance for me: it would do most of the local stuff, and the diesel engine would then work for the longer trips.
While I can’t plug in at home, there are several charging points nearby, and it would be easy enough to leave it at one of these during the day or overnight. It’s £7 per month to sign up with polar, and charging is free. Most of my usage would be covered by this.
I think my main concern is that I don’t like the idea of buying a used car with more than about 30k mileage, but many are at the 100k+ mark. But since it was a fairly expensive car, to get within budget there will be quite a sacrifice on either trim or mileage. I am expecting to pay something over the £20k mark for a new car, although I could get a decent estate for just over £10k, while the V60 would be close to £20k.
So we have a few choices:
- Keep the Mazda for a few more years until there is more choice for plug in hybrids
- Buy the Volvo, they are well depreciated by now and great value
- I have a great idea of something else (see post)
- I have something moronic to say about brown seats and legroom