Volvo S60 T8: Hybrid sedan


The Polestar offers the T8 hybrid powertrain that delivers about 50km of gas-free electric mileage, before switching over to the gas engine and recharging.  There are currently three S60 models: S60 Momentum FWD ($42,400), S60 R-Design ($52,400), Inscription S60 ($53.900), and the Polestar Engineered as tested, priced from $80,800

The S60 T8 Polestar Engineer also offers an upgraded interior with Nappa leather seating and a 1,100 watt Bowers & Wilkins premium audio with 15 speakers. Volvo’s interior design is a study in precision, craftsmanship, and restraint. Embracing minimalism, there is fastidious attention to detail the all-digital dash is cool, and the mesh metal inlay adds a touch of class  The large Sensus tablet-like infotainment display in the center of the dash is still a standout in its clarity, use, and efficiency. 

Safety is high on the Volvo – as to be expected from a company known for building the safest vehicles in the world.  The S60 has lots of airbags, anti-lock disc brakes, and traction/stability systems, plus an array of driver safety and assistive technologies.

On the road, the S60 feels rigid and composed thanks to its S90 and XC90 underpinnings. The supercharger and turbo work in unison to smooth, refined power output. The 0-100 km/h acceleration time comes in a respectable 4.3 seconds, Power delivery comes fast from the mid-range and the driver is rewarded with a nice smooth progression of torque. The S60 T8 PE is up there with any premium sedan and will charm anyone who steps in behind the wheel. Highly recommended if a rare, jewel-like luxury car is on the list.

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