Excessive fuel-efficiency claims and a glowing flip of velocity are key options of the S60 TwinEngine plug-in hybrid however enthusiastic drivers may not be satisfied
Volvo is undoubtedly one of many first marques that involves thoughts when plug-in hybrid expertise is talked about. The Volvo XC90 SUV was the primary automobile from the Swedish model to make use of it, and electrified petrol engines can now be discovered within the smaller Volvo XC60 in addition to the flagship Volvo S90 saloon.
The Volvo S60 saloon – sister to the Volvo V60 property – is a crucial mannequin within the model’s line-up, burdened as it’s with the duty of tempting consumers away from the BMW three Collection, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4. Its plug-in hybrid variations have a giant function to play in a world more and more turning its again on diesel energy.
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There is a highly effective 335bhp T6 TwinEngine that instantly rivals the Mercedes C-Class C300e and BMW 330e iPerformance plug-in hybrids, however there’s additionally a considerably distinctive T8 TwinEngine. With round 395bhp to name upon when its electrical motor and petrol engine be a part of forces, it is the one plug-in hybrid mannequin that may rival the efficiency of such sporty premium saloons because the Mercedes-AMG C43 and BMW 340i.
Slightly than wanting like a shrunken S90, the Volvo S60 has a person look of its personal, with sportier proportions and shorter overhangs entrance and rear. All of the current Volvo styling cues are current and proper, together with the ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlight design. In R-Design trim, there is a delicate bodykit and rear lip spoiler that does not overplay the sporty theme, which makes the truth that the T8 can race from Zero-62mph in simply four.7 seconds all of the extra shocking.
But this can be a automobile for which Volvo claims 134.5mpg and exhaust emissions as little as 58g/km. That comes courtesy of an all-electric vary of 21 miles on a full cost. Whereas these emissions aren’t fairly sufficient to match the 13% Profit-in-Form bracket into which the BMW and Mercedes plug-in hybrids slip, the Volvo’s 16% ranking nonetheless brings a remarkably low price of firm automobile tax for a automobile with this a lot efficiency.
That determine is unchanged, too, if you happen to select the much more highly effective Engineered by Polestar model, which provides 14bhp to the T8’s already startling energy output, in addition to selection upgrades to the S60’s suspension system. It is stiffer, extra agile and somewhat much less enjoyable than the usual automobile however will little doubt be wanted by enthusiastic drivers.
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The S60 has an inside that compares properly with its rivals by way of high quality, and it arguably beats them for format and aesthetic attraction. It is nearly unchanged from the V60 property, with restrained, upmarket appears and a high-tech really feel due to a giant, portrait-oriented ‘Sensus’ central show that controls infotainment and comfort options. There is no scarcity of driver-assistance expertise both; Volvo’s ‘pilot help’ system is available to make motorway driving safer and extra enjoyable, and no one aboard will complain of tight inside house. In what could appear a break from custom, neither the S60 saloon nor V60 property are essentially the most succesful load carriers of their class.
We stay unconvinced that the S60 T8 TwinEngine actually stacks up in its place sports activities saloon. The inexpensive T6 is not a lot slower, isn’t any much less interesting to drive, and nonetheless presents tax benefits to those that could make use of them.