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Old 02-05-2019, 12:08 PM
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Pass, normal V60 looks MUCH better.
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Agreed, the XC is nice, but I'd have a V60 T6 instead.
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T8 R-Design First Drive

https://driving.ca/volvo/v60/reviews...60-t8-r-design

With the sun finally shining — it rises late and retires early this far north — it was time to torture the latest Volvo V60 wagon. In this case, it’s the T8 Twin-Engine R-Design. This version adds a bold body kit, which makes it look meaner, and slides an advanced plug-in hybrid system under the hood. As a package it is one to relish!

To begin with, the T8 Twin-Engine gives the driver access to 400 horsepower — 313 hp come from the supercharged and turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine. The supercharger brings a faster launch while the turbocharger bolsters the mid-range. The rear electric motor then kicks in with another 87 hp and instant-on torque. When driven normally it’s hard to tell if it’s the gas, electric or both sources that are doing the work, as the powertrain ebbs and flows so smoothly between the different driving modes, a big plus in my books. Only when you really give the throttle a heavy workout does the engine begin to make any real noise.

The electric motor gets its juice from a larger 10.4-kilowatt/hour lithium-ion battery that sits in the central tunnel. The increased capacity promises an electric-only driving range of up to 50 kilometres and a charge time using a 220-volt outlet of around 2.5 hours.

The layout puts the engine and eight-speed automatic transmission with the Integrated Starter Generator sandwiched between the two up front. The rear wheels are powered exclusively by the electric motor. The combination gives the T8 an all-wheel-drive extension and a potent run to 100 kilometres an hour of 4.9 seconds, which is two seconds faster than the T5 Cross Country wagon.

The T8’s handling is dialed in and then some. The rear electric motor and battery placement help to even the weight distribution front-to-rear and lower the centre of gravity, both of which work wonders for overall balance. In the case of the R-Design, it also gets stiffer springs, faster-acting mono-tube dampers, larger anti-roll bars and a 12-millimetre drop in the ride height. While the setup is noticeably tauter than the Cross Country, the R-Design remained compliant and comfortable. It also proved to be very good at keeping the aggressive body flat as it is was tossed hard into a corner. Throw in a sorted steering setup and the T8 is a driver’s wagon.

Remarkably, the fact the front and rear wheels are driven by different power sources did not affect how the all-wheel-drive system hooked up. On a hard takeoff it did break all four wheels loose because of the icy surface, but once moving everything gathered up nicely. When hoofing it hard down the ice track it was possible to flick the tail out and have the electric motor hold the drift. Sometimes it becomes only too obvious when two different power sources come online at different times — it imparts a very uncomfortable feeling, as the driver is not sure what is happening at any given time. This was just not the case with the T8 powertrain. It proved to be fast and entirely at home on a frozen lake!

A big part of the ability to keep the battery and rear electric motor engaged is down to regenerative braking. Here the T8 got mixed reviews. While the system captures otherwise wasted energy efficiently, the brake pedal had a somewhat mushy feel under foot. At first it felt like the driver needed to add more brake. As it turns out that was not the case, but it did not stop me from pressing a little harder until I learned the “feel.” Quibble aside it did become second nature after a few hot laps around the ice track.

The cabin follows this alluring lead. It is wrapped in very classy materials and it has two exceptional front seats that provide great lateral support without feeling confining even when wearing an oversized parka. The tech stuff comes in the form of a 12.3-inch reconfigurable instrumentation panel, a head-up display and the nine-inch Sensus infotainment system with navigation. The latter is quick to react with a faster processor that the current version and it supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and, on the R-Design test cars, a solid Bowers and Wilkins Premium sound system.

Slide rearward and the seat accommodates two adults comfortable while leaving 658 litres of space for cargo. Dropping the seats sees the space max out at 1,441 L.

Naturally, the V60 arrives with all the right safety kit, including City Safety with cyclist, pedestrian and animal recognition and auto brake intervention along with Run-off Road Mitigation, which keeps the car centred in its lane. My only issue is that the Canadian T8 Inspiration will put blind spot monitoring in a package, which makes no sense.

The 2020 V60 is a sweet ride that adds flexible versatility to a true driver’s package. It is fast, fun and so capable even when the road takes a turn for the worst. Of course, with the T8’s turn of speed comes hybrid fuel efficiency. The V60 T8 Inscription’s final pricing will be announced closer to its third-quarter launch this year.





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