2018 Volvo XC60 T8 review: Swedish overachiever

The new Volvo XC60 SUV landed on a stage a full dual years after a bigger hermit XC90 perceived a finish redesign; both SUV’s predecessors were on a shelf past their death dates. As a result, a second-generation XC60 feels during slightest a integrate of eras brazen of the indication it’s replacing — a interior alone is in a opposite time duration — and it has copiousness of tech to uncover for it. But Volvo is also vouchsafing a XC60 have a punch it’s bigger brother’s T8 powertrain.

On paper, a XC60 T8 is zero brief of a sports automobile with 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque on tap, pleasantness of a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder interconnected with an electric engine and an eight-speed involuntary transmission. This is a tip powerplant in a XC60 lineup; a 2.0-liter inline-four pumps out 313 hp by itself, afterwards gets assistance from an 87-hp electric engine and a 10.4 kWh battery. The total outlay places a XC60 in an disdainful bar (especially for a Volvo), with a choice of Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trim for buyers. The Inscription trim we gathering was radically a everything-and-the-kitchen-sink version; a oppulance is nice, though either this tip engine creates many clarity for Volvo buyers given a reward in cost is another matter.

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The opening stats don’t lie: This chronicle of a XC60 can haul. Acceleration is sprightly in a same approach that a V8 can yield a snarl and a climbing revs, though when it comes to braking a SUV is a bit some-more fidgety, providing varying degrees of nosediving with opposite applications of a stop pedal. The nosediving is maybe a singular biggest smirch in a XC60’s handling, as a huffy stop pedal produces a shaken kind of stopping. The braking outcome itself is evident and unequivocally strong, though it eventually comes with a cost of too many dipping even with peaceful taps of a pedal. This peculiarity takes a integrate of days to get used to and requires a many gentler hold than in many other cars to keep a equipment sitting in a newcomer chair from drifting forward. Best to hang with a some-more stirring acceleration.

The XC60’s highway manners are differently tough to fault. The cessation is geared toward comfort, and notwithstanding a considerable circle distance a cessation soaks adult only about all a neglected roads can chuck during it. The light steering does not come with all a insensibility still offering by utterly a few competitors, namely Audi and Lexus, and it’s communicative and discerning adequate to concede a XC60 to dance in only about each trade setting.

Overall, a XC60 T8’s doing is identical to that of a automobile a distance next it, and not only due to a perfect power, though also interjection to a lively of a platform. Its categorical competitors from Team Germany tend to offer heavier controls during delayed speeds, though a tuning creates a XC60 feel distant some-more nimble.

2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Inscription interior

The interior is tip nick when it comes to design, comfort and ergonomics, once again imitative a scaled-down XC90. Photo by Autoweek

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The interior is still one of a categorical offered points of a XC60 and it feels some-more healthy in this scale than in a incomparable XC90; a latter can feel a tiny stiff due to a perfect distance and huffy doing during crawling speeds. The XC60, on a other hand, feels only right; it’s not too big, it’s not too small, and a proportions of a interior make things a tiny some-more within reach, lending it a feel of a vast hire car rather than a vast SUV.

The T8 Inscription is a tip dog in a XC60 lineup so there is no avoiding a build cost of something with only about all a boxes ticked — in this box $71,590. The T8 Inscription’s starting cost of $57,695 overlaps a starting cost of a incomparable XC90 (and is good over a $43,000 starting cost of a bottom XC60 itself, so one has to unequivocally be in adore with a judgment of a money-no-object Volvo application to go this route.

Jay Ramey


Jay Ramey

– Jay Ramey is an Associate Editor with Autoweek, and has been with a repository given 2013. Jay also likes to boat and bike.

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On Sale: Now

Base Price: $57,695

As Tested Price: $71,590

Powertrain: 2.0-liter supercharged turbocharged I4, 10.4 kWh battery, AWD, eight-speed involuntary transmission

Output: 400 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 472 lb-ft @ 2,200 rpm

Curb Weight: 4,599 lb

Fuel Economy: 26/28/26 mpg(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)

Observed Fuel Economy: 27 mpg

Pros: Comfortable, quiet, expensive-feeling cabin, courtesy to detail, discerning when needed

Cons: Touchy chassis, nosediving during braking, somewhat dull steering, inexhaustible physique roll