Volvo XC90
What Car? UK|October 2019
Volvo XC90
Diesel-powered B5 model uses a mild hybrid system to cut fuel consumption and emissions On sale Now Price from £52,235
Becky Wells

YOU’VE STOPPED USING single-use coffee cups, bought a tote bag for shopping and sponsored a polar bear in the Arctic. The best thing to do next for the environment might be buying a Volvo XC90 B5 – a large, diesel SUV. Wait, what?

Well, while diesels have come under a lot of scrutiny recently, the B5 is a mild hybrid. That means it recovers energy usually wasted under braking and then redeploys it to a small electric motor. This lightens the load on the

.engine, translating to lower fuel consumption and fewer emissions – just what the world (and your purse) needs.

The B5 is now the only chance you have to get a diesel engine in your XC90, too, replacing the D5 – no bad thing, given the claimed 15% improvement in economy.

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October 2019