We gave the regular Volvo XC60 a five-star review so the plug-in hybrid T8 version has a great foundation for success
The headline figures for the XC60 T8 are seriously impressive. Over 400bhp, 130mpg, 0-62mpg in 5.2 seconds and all the while carrying a heavy, SUV body. Like most hybrids, you’ll struggle to match the claimed fuel efficiency in the real world.
The XC60’s 2,115kg kerbweight means the supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder is required to step in any time you go near the throttle, harming efficiency. The twin-charged engine, coupled with the electric motor is pretty impressive engineering nonetheless.
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The XC60 T8 is at its best cruising along where it offers great ride quality. This might seem at odds with the impressive power at your disposal but the strength of the powertrain actually adds to the effortless feel. Emissions are kept down to 49g/km and an electric-only range of 28 miles is available if you’re careful.
The interior build quality is exceptional with a healthy amount of technology and a lot of space. The T8 is only available in the top two trims, Inscription Pro or R-Design Pro so there’s always a good smattering of equipment with this engine option. The sportier R-Design gets 21-inch alloys, Alcantara sport seats and a bodykit.
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