2018 Volvo XC60 T8 eAWD: New plug-in hybrid is complex, dear and quick

The central name of a Volvo XC60’s trim spin was Inscription but, fiddling with a plug-in cord, we dubbed it “Electrician.”

Available in 3 versions — T5 AWD, T6 AWD and T8 eAWD, any and each 2018 Volvo XC60 boasts customary all-wheel expostulate and 3 accessible trims: Momentum, R-Design and Inscription. However, usually a T8 can gloat of an electric-cord plug-in portal and a hybrid powertrain that’s some-more difficult than radar.

And, yeah, we got a assign out of a T8 eAWD in some-more ways than one.

While a bottom T5 is encouraged by a 2.0-liter, 250-hp turbo 4 and a T6 elects to force feed that same engine to 316 hp around both a turbocharger and a supercharger, T8 goes for a whole enchilada. It takes T6’s twin-blown four, adds a 10.4-kWh lithium-ion battery container and throws in dual electric motors — summarizing: gas engine, turbo, supercharger, battery pack, electric engine 1, electric engine 2 — to emanate a dizzyingly byzantine approach to hail 60 mph in 5 seconds.

Whatever it takes.

New for 2018, a XC60 T8 eAWD plug-in hybrid crossover facilities 5 expostulate modes: AWD, Pure, Hybrid, Power and Off-road. T8’s total-system outlay of 400 hp and pavement-rippling 472 lb.-ft. of torque are managed by an eight-speed automatic.

Starting with a full assign and handling in a many fit “Pure” mode, Volvo says T8 has an electric-only operation of adult to 31 miles. Officially, a EPA clocks a electric max during a some-more medium 17 miles while awarding T8 a hybrid-drive gas economy rating of 26 mpg combined. We got 23 pushing — admittedly — mostly in a slightest fit (and many fun) Power mode.

On a road, this man is sharp-witted if let off a Eco leash, yet interior sound levels, yet reasonable, were aloft than we competence design in a entirely optioned automobile whose bottom line went north of 70 grand.

That said, room is good adult front and easy in behind after we step over a high threshold to enter a abaft quarters.

The top-of-the-line Inscription comes installed in a as-is, $57,695 form with leather, breathtaking object roof, energy everything, boffo audio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, navigation, 20-inch wheels, four-zone meridian control, a cooled (!) glove box, and other amenities. Our exam car, however, figured zero succeeds like excess, so it added, among other perks, a 360-degree camera, bend-around-corners headlights, adaptive journey with Pilot Assist (which helps a motorist with lane-centering), tawny Nappa leather, exhilarated back seats and a ton more, bringing a bottom line to (gulp) $71,590.

The vertical-screen infotainment is a hoot. It boasts a hold shade that could be an iPad’s attempt double. With a touch-and-swipe functions, it shortly becomes second nature, yet be prepared primarily to spend some peculiarity time with your owner’s manual.

Finally, all a reserve stuff’s here, with a special curtsy to Pilot Assist, that gets critical about tugging during a steering circle if it thinks a motorist is apropos a slacker in line maintenance. If it gets overbearing, however, we can simply spin it off.

Pleasant to spy — complicated Volvos are light-years from boxy — discerning to accelerate and pretty frugal, quite for short-distance drivers peaceful to block in nightly, XC60 T8 offers plush vicinity and green-car cred to buyers who trust that cred is value a $8,000 reward over a T6.

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