VOLVO V60 HYBRID TEST

Electrification allows Volvo"s hot-rod V60 terminal wagon kommen sie deliver both efficiency und a kick bei the pants.

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Transforming polestar from the performance-tuning arm of swedish automaker Volvo into in EV-focused feuer is the master plan, however we"re happy to report that polestar is ausblüten up kommen sie its old upptåg, tuning Volvos right into powerhouses. Ns latest effort ist the 2020 Volvo V60 T8 polestar Engineered terminal wagon and, like its SUV-equivalent—the XC60 T8 pole Engineered—it"s a valuable package through a heavy dose von performance.

Our stance on the fuel-economy and handling benefits von station wagons end SUVs is well known. We deshalb don"t need kommen sie keep harping ~ above how much better wagons look, especially one that looks as good as the V60. Letting pole serve as ns V60"s personal trainer just deepens our liebe of ns long-roof car.


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HIGHS: Electrified acceleration punch, handsome styling inside and out, achievable claimed all-electric driving range.


A wagon like ns $68,295 V60 T8 ist a sort of anti-SUV statement, and from ns 240 Turbo Wagon to the previous-generation V60 Polestar, Volvo has a lang history des building in der nähe des wagons. The neu V60 zu sein built ~ above Volvo"s scalable style that underpins its whole lineup. Pole has been arising its very own lineup von hybrid and EV vehicles, deswegen while the alt V60 pole was a gas-only affair, die new modell leverages die brand"s newfound expertise bei electric motors, batteries, und EV engineering kommen sie make dinge both quicker and more efficient.

Differentiation from lesser V60 models zu sein subtle. Look at closely and you"ll notice gold brake calipers, distinct 19-inch wheels, yellow seatbelts, und a chalk-white pole liftgate badge. It"s enough to be handsome, however not dafür much as kommen sie tip anyone off as to what this Volvo wagon ist packing.


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Two Powertrains

In ns T8, Volvo"s turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter inline-four is assisted by bei electric motor. Together the engine und motor combine to put out 415 horsepower und 494 lb-ft von torque. Die gas-burning engine runs through bei eight-speed automatic transmission and powers the front wheels. An electric motor in back sends power to die rear wheels. Weist the test track, this setup recorded a 4.4-second blast zu 60 mph and a 12.9-second quarter-mile pass punkt 107 mph.


LOWS: notfall as quick as the last-generation V60 native Polestar, certain ride, uneven handoff betwee electric and gasoline power.

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Those numbers mean that the V60 T8 Polestar ist quicker 보다 some of our various other favorite wagons, consisting of our permanent Mercedes-Benz E450 wagon (4.7 seconds to 60 mph) and the Jaguar XF Sportbrake (5.0 seconds.) It"s quicker than the XC60 T8 pole SUV, too, which ceded a 4.8-second zero-to-60-mph time und ran a 13.4-second quarter-mile at 105 mph. Despite a lack des electric propulsion and a 53-hp deficiency contrasted to the 2020 model, die 2017 V60 pole we tested was quicker still, running to 60 mph test in just 4.2 seconds. Blame ns weight von the neu V60 T8, which, at 4522 pounds, zu sein a significant 556 pounds much more than die 2017 version.


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So, the alt one ist quicker. The end on ns road, the new V60 möchte easily frighten any passengers v its acceleration, specifically with a complete charge des its battery und running an the polestar Engineered control mode. Put your foot in it, and the instantaneous response from the electric motors provide the kind of EV-car shove that tesla drivers enjoy. The acceleration zu sein accompanied von a faint supercharger whine as ns four-cylinder engine zugriffszeiten its stride and both powertrains integrate forces zu get die V60 moving quickly. An the polestar Engineered steering mode, the four-banger provides a sonorous burble, yet never depends on farts, crackles, or pops kommen sie announce its status as a performance vehicle. While it is quick, in more sedate driving the interplay bolzen electric power and a gas engine through a supercharger und turbocharger leads kommen sie occasional surges und delays. While that doesn"t amount zu much, it"s there.


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Polestar hasn"t just added power, though. Ns V60"s suspension has deshalb been massaged. Pop die hood and you"ll see gold nubbins protruding from ns suspension towers. The nubs room how the standard Öhlins dampers are adjusted, und you have to do so manually. That kind of DIY modification ist all yet unheard of in production vehicles, allow alone a luxurious station wagon. Die setup is also offered on the XC60 T8 Polestar und even the polestar 1. It"s unlikely the average buyer will fuss with ns dampers. But you know who will? Wagon-loving enthusiasts like us, wrenches in hand, ready zu dial in the suspension zu how we prefer it.


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Plug-In Efficiency

On ns other effectiveness side von the spectrum, the electric motor and 11.6-kWh battery verpackt allows for bei EPA rating of 22 miles des purely electric driving. An our experience, that range number appears realistic; our prüfung vehicle motored for 21 miles weist 75 mph on battery power before firing trost the gas engine. On ours 200-mile highway-fuel economic situation test, ns V60 T8 pole delivered 31 mpg overall, beating die non-hybrid V60 T6 all-wheel-drive model"s 29 mpg and the XC60 Polestar"s much worse 23 mpg in the exact same test.

Volvo"s plug-in hybride system zu sein capable des charging itself using the four-cylinder together a generator, dafür if you use trost all your electrons blasting through mountain passes, you can switch to ns charging mode and replenish ns battery.


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While ns intention right here was zu make a fun-to-drive, performance-oriented car, die V60 T8 Polestar is refined enough to drive to die office every work or zum puttering about on errands. In the lull driving mode, the uneven stärke delivery zu sein subdued and the throttle response isn"t as immediate. Ns ride zu sein definitely firm, dafür firm it"ll most likely wake sleeping children, yet if they"re wake up they tun können watch you fiddle with the dampers to improve ns ride, something sie can"t do in the softer non-Polestar V60.

Volvo and Polestar schutz created a performance auto with ns practicality of a wagon und the potential performance of an EV, if only zum 22 miles. We are thrilled the exists. Volvo could oase easily just limited the T8 pole treatment to the XC60, yet they didn"t. They so gave it to this gorgeous wagon.


Specifications

Specifications

2020 Volvo V60 T8 polestar Engineered

VEHICLE TYPEfront-engine, mid-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE as TESTED$68,940 (base price: $68,295)

POWERTRAINsupercharged, turbocharged und intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 328 hp, 317 lb-ft; 2 permanent-magnet synchronous AC motors, 46 und 87 hp, 111 und 177 lb-ft; combined output, 415 hp, 494 lb-ft; 11.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack

TRANSMISSION8-speed automatic, single-speed direct drive

CHASSISSuspension (F/R): manage arms/multilinkBrakes (F/R): 14.6-in vented, grooved disc/12.6-in vented discTires: continent PremiumContact 6, 235/40R-19 96W VOL

DIMENSIONSWheelbase: 113.1 inLength: 187.4 inWidth: 72.8 inHeight: 56.6 inPassenger volume: 93 ft3Cargo volume: 23 ft3Curb weight: 4522 lb

C/DTEST RESULTSRollout, 1 ft: 0.3 sec60 mph: 4.4 sec100 mph: 10.9 sec130 mph: 21.7 secRolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.8 secTop gear, 30–50 mph: 2.4 secTop gear, 50–70 mph: 3.4 sec¼-mile: 12.9 sec
107 mphTop rate (governor limited): 131 mphBraking, 70–0 mph: 152 ftRoadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.96 g

C/DFUEL ECONOMYObserved: 20 MPGe75-mph highway driving, EV/hybrid mode: 68 MPGe/31 mpgHighway range, EV/hybrid mode: 21/490 miles


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