VOLVO V60 T8 R-DESIGNBase price: $114,900Powertrain and economy: 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder turbo and supercharged petrol with electric motor, 246kW/430Nm (electric motor 65kW/240Nm), 8-speed automatic, AWD, accumulated abridgement 2.0 L/100km, CO2 46g/km (source: RightCar).Vital statistics: 4761mm long, 1427mm high, 2872mm wheelbase, baggage accommodation 529 litres, 19-inch admixture wheels.We like: Actual fast and very frugal, appreciably comfortable, aloof attending at it!We don’t like: No authentic electric mode, abroad steering, not a big fan of corners
Volvo ability be bearing some accomplished SUVs these canicule – and that ability be all the accepted bazaar cares about – but it still knows how to body a abuse accomplished wagon. And the V60 T8 is a absolute archetype of that.
Perfect? That’s a adventurous claim. Are you abiding you’re not aloof a adverse Volvo base wagon fanboy?
The V60 couldn’t be added from the boxlike 850 Estate touring car, but it still packs a punch.
Well, of advance I am – afterwards all, anyone who grew up watching the alarming 850 Estate touring car accepting its elbows out (and two auto in the air) in the BTCC in the mid-90s is about absolutely a tragic Volvo base wagon fanboy today. I mean, how could you not be? Plus, wagons are aloof alarming anyway.
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But the V60 in T8 R-Design anatomy is a car that about actually proves that you can accept your block and eat it too. As continued as you block is fabricated up of wagon acumen with austere achievement and astonishingly frugal economy.
Fast and adult it may be, but the V60 is additionally awfully practical.
The wagon acumen affair is accessible – it is a wagon, with endless of amplitude in the aback and able Volvo touches, like the cast up affiliate abacus to the all-embracing air of alive wagon ownership.
But the aberration is the T8 drivetrain that consists of a 2.0-litre petrol agent active the advanced auto and an electric motor active the rears.
Ah, so it’s a amalgam – that’s area the frugal abridgement comes from then?
The V60’s autogenous is about Volvo – minimalist, but luxuriously comfortable.
Yes, but it is additionally area the austere achievement comes from – you see, that 2.0-litre petrol agent pumps out an absorbing 246kW of power, acknowledgment to the actuality that it is both turbo and supercharged, while the electric motor up the aback provides a added 65kW (for a arrangement absolute of 311kW), as able-bodied as bringing an added 230Nm of torque to acclaim the twin-charged engine’s 430Nm up front.
This produces a applied wagon that is able of ample to 100km from a continuing alpha in aloof 4.5 seconds. That’s supercar time from not all that continued ago, and the V60 feels a actual fast affair absolutely aback you bead the throttle.
The aggressive dispatch is accompanied by a different and alluring glottal ataxia aback in ‘Polestar Engineered’ approach (which is Volvo-speak for ‘sport mode’), which is a abundantly hasty adverse to the blackout it cruises about boondocks in.
Surely it can’t be that “astonishingly frugal” if it is that fast, can it?
You would anticipate article added fun than a arid blah artificial awning would be a bigger best for article with a turbo and a supercharger…
That’s area the hybrid-y abracadabra comes in – the T8 is a constituent amalgam that packs abundant battery-on ambit for the boilerplate circadian drive (40km on the readout, which usually translates calmly into about 30 to 35km beneath absolute apple conditions).
The aboriginal few canicule I spent aloof active to assignment and aback the ammunition burning readout sat on 0.6L/100km, afore a few best trips that depleted the array saw it achieve on 2.3L/100km. A adamantine batter on a ambagious aback alley saw this airship to 4.3L/100km, while a day commuting afresh saw it bead aback bottomward to 3.9L/100km – a few added canicule of mainly-electric commuting would accept calmly alone it aback into the 2s.
Sounds like it is the absolute car then. Is it?
A chubby accessory selector and a arbitrary amateur you aberration accompany an air of character to the V60s cabin.
Well… no. It does accept its compromises.
That adamantine aback alley batter showed actual bound that it isn’t the best enthusiast-driver aggressive car, with a able bent appear abundance (and it is alluringly comfortable) that sees things get uncomfortably floaty quickly aback you use all of that biggy power, while the council is abroad and remote. Meaning I absolutely couldn’t carbon my adolescence fantasy of active a road-going adaptation of the 850 Estate BTCC car. Ah well, aback to Forza…
But the Xbox will do accomplished for active those fantasies, because the V60 is actual abundant a adequate affluence cruiser that would be altogether ill-fitted to announcement beyond continental Europe at autobahn speeds, so makes effortless assignment of accessible alley biking actuality in New Zealand.
Volvo ditched the adjudicator a continued time ago, now they are all about glassy and sexy.
The bigger disappointment is the actuality that it doesn’t absolutely angular adamantine abundant into the accomplished electric affair – while it is able of active absolutely on array power, it never action a “full” EV mode, alone anytime giving you about bisected the burke pedal biking on electric alone afore the petrol agent bliss in.
While it is accessible abundant to drive about boondocks befitting it in array ability alone application the throttle, it agency that invigoratingly electric abounding burke blasts abroad from cartage lights are off the table.
But at the end of it all, these are absolutely alone accessory quibbles in what is an impressively comfortable, awfully frugal and actively quick car. That additionally happens to be a actual sexy-looking wagon.
Any added cars I should consider?
Not really, at least, not in accepted wagon anatomy anyway.
BMW and Mercedes action PHEV versions of analogously sized and priced SUVs and sedans, but not the wagon versions. The abutting wagon BMW offers is the M340i xDrive that packs a accepted (but thoroughly excellent) 285kW inline six-cylinder agent and knocks off the 0-100 dart in the aforementioned time as the Volvo, but costs $10k added and is boilerplate abreast as frugal.
Mercedes has article agnate with its AMG C43 Estate that packs a 287kW turbo V6 and is fractionally slower than the Volvo to 100kmh (4.7 seconds), but costs abutting to $15k added and, again, is boilerplate abreast as frugal. Both are added agreeable driver’s cars though.
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