2018 Volvo XC60 T8 review: All you need to find out about Volvo\’s midsize SUV

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The new Volvo XC60 SUV landed on the scene the whole 24 months after its bigger brother XC90 received a total redesign; both SUVs' predecessors were in stock past their expiration dates. Consequently, the second-generation XC60 feels at least a handful of eras in front of the model it's replacing — the medial side alone is due to a new time period — possesses a lot of tech to signify for doing it. But Volvo is also letting the XC60 contain a bite of that bigger brother's T8 powertrain.

On paper, the XC60 T8 is absolutely nothing less than a racecar with 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque on tap, from the 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder combined with an electric motor as well as eight-speed automatic transmission. This can be the top powerplant inside the XC60 lineup; the 2 main.0-liter inline-four pumps out 313 hp on it\’s own, then gets the help of an 87-hp electric motor as well as a 10.4 kWh battery. The combined output places the XC60 within the exclusive club (specifically a Volvo), which includes a number of Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trim for buyers. The Inscription trim I drove was basically the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink version; the luxurious is a great one, but whether this top engine makes much sense for Volvo buyers in the premium in price is another matter.

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The performance stats don't lie: This sort of the XC60 can haul. Acceleration is brisk likewise that any V8 provide the growl and also the climbing revs, when you are considering braking the SUV is a bit more fidgety, providing varying examples of nosediving with various applying the brake pedal. The nosediving is the the single biggest flaw inside the XC60's handling, for the reason that touchy brake pedal creates a nervous form of stopping. The braking effect itself is immediate and very strong, but it ultimately has the tariff of a lot dipping despite having gentle taps in the pedal. This quality uses a 1 week so you can get employed to and a considerably gentler touch compared with other cars to have all the items being placed in the passenger seat from flying forward. Wise to follow the greater thrilling acceleration.

The XC60's road manners are otherwise challenging to fault. The suspension is targeted at comfort, and rapidly impressive wheel size the suspension takes up all things our neglected roads can throw in internet marketing. Light steering is not going to feature all the numbness still supplied by a good number of competitors, namely Audi and Lexus, and it's communicative and quick enough to allow for the XC60 to dance in a mere about every traffic setting.

Overall, the XC60 T8's handling is comparable to what car a size below it, and not just due to the sheer power, and also because of the agility in the platform. Its main competitors from Team Germany are inclined to offer heavier controls at slow speeds, however it is tuning makes all the XC60 feel a great deal more nimble.

The interior is high quality in regards to design, comfort and ergonomics, again resembling a scaled-down XC90. Photo by Autoweek

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The interior remains to be one of many selling points within the XC60 also it feels natural within this scale versus the more XC90; the second can appear a little bit ungainly because of its sheer size and touchy handling at crawling speeds. The XC60, on the flip side, feels just right; it's not too big, it's less than small, additionally, the proportions in the interior make things a bit more attainable, lending it the perception of a huge station wagon rather than a big SUV.

The T8 Inscription is the top dog while in the XC60 lineup there is not any avoiding the build price of something merely about all the boxes ticked — in such cases $71,590. The T8 Inscription's starting cost of $57,695 overlaps the starting value of the larger XC90 (and is over the $43,000 starting tariff of the XC60 itself, so one must be fond of the technique of a money-no-object Volvo utility to travel this route.

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Base Price: $57,695

As Tested Price: $71,590

Powertrain: 2.0-liter supercharged & turbocharged I4, 10.4 kWh battery, AWD, eight-speed automatic 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, appreciation of detail, quick when needed

Cons: Touchy chassis, nosediving during braking, slightly numb steering, generous body roll

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