The V60 D6 Plug-In Hybrid may look like a conventional Volvo estate, but it’s radical under the skin. A 213bhp diesel engine is combined with a 68bhp electric motor to create a car that the manufacturer claims will go from 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds, but return an amazing 155.2mpg on the combined cycle. With a kerbweight of about two tonnes, it’s a suitable match for just about any tourer. 

Great, but how does it fare as a tow car? Practical Caravan’s Volvo V60 D6 Plug-In Hybrid review looks to see if a hybrid can make a good tug and, indeed, if it can answer the question, “what tow car should I buy?”.

Having read the above figures, there has to be a catch somewhere, right? The most obvious is price. Even after the government’s £5000 plug-in car grant has been deducted, this is a very expensive car.

The Volvo V60 D6 Plug-In Hybrid needs to be a very special tow car in order to justify its price. So to see if this makes a good tow car, Practical Caravan’s testers took it to the track looking for high performance, stability and speed – and of course, superb fuel economy.