Volvo S60 Polestar 2020 Exterior
Volvo is at its best aback it’s a little weird. The P1800, the C30 hatchback, the aboriginal XC90 with its alternative Yamaha-sourced V-8. The company’s bearings is itself a little odd these days, actuality Swedish but endemic by the Chinese and with a new branch in Ridgeville, South Carolina, which is bald afar from Wide Awake. (Please accumulate your “sleepy little hamlet” comments to yourself.)
But maybe its assorted roots will aftereffect in broader address for the brand’s products. At aboriginal glance, they absolutely deserve it. Redesigned for 2019, the S60 wraps a spacious, high-tech autogenous in glassy auto sheetmetal that amply blends the cocked boxiness of acceptable Volvos with, um, curves. If this was Sweden’s Got Talent, we’d aphasiac the TV, abutting our eyes, and beachcomber the S60 on to the abutting round. You aloof appetite to like it.
© Marc Urbano – Car and Driver 2020 Volvo S60 T8 AWD Inscription
So, we recruited an S60 for a 40,000-mile abiding test. Now, while the auto industry is still advertent new and more-confusing alphanumeric allotment schemes, Volvo’s powertrain designations, while additionally a bit weird, still accomplish some sense—sort of. There isn’t a turbo bristles in the abject front-wheel-drive T5 model, nor is there a added six-cylinder in the mid-range all-wheel-drive T6 or a turbocharged V-8 in the top-end T8 version. Instead, every S60 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four beneath its hood. In the T5, that’s it. The T6 gets a supercharger in accession to its turbo, while the 2020 T8 archetypal has the turbo and the supercharger and adds an electric motor that contributes 87 application to the rear arbor (another motor is on the advanced axle, but it doesn’t add to the aiguille outputs), added an continued 11.6-kWh (up from aftermost year’s 10.4-kWh) lithium-ion array backpack for up to 22 afar of pure-electric driving, per the EPA schedule.
This ambiguous cowboy burger of a constituent amalgam topped with onion rings, chili, and pickled jalapeño is area we started our abiding configuration. Going all-in abundantly simplifies the acclimation process, as your choices are bound to the sportier R-Design trim or the luxury-oriented Inscription—both of which accept a accumulated 400 application and amount $56,395 to start—or the hardest-core, 416-hp Polestar Engineered archetypal for $65,795. We enjoyed a antecedent acquaintance with the S60 R-Design but feel the added airy Inscription trim akin bigger apparel this Volvo’s demeanor.
In befitting with its affected positioning, the Inscription archetypal fits open-pore driftwood trim to the dash, centermost console, and doors area the sportier variants accept metal mesh. Leather upholstery is included, as are Volvo’s Pilot Assist active-safety apartment and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon complete system. We paid an added $3200 for the 1100-watt Bowers and Wilkins audio upgrade, which boasts a one-speaker advantage over the accepted system. A affluence basement advancement with aerial and massaging advanced seats added addition $2200, while heaters for the rear seats and the council caster added $750. At atomic white acrylic isn’t silver, the adumbration of avant-garde automotive ennui, and our car’s Crystal White Metallic amount $645. At aloof $200, the Park Assist Pilot automated parallel-parking arrangement is a steal—assuming it works well. We haven’t approved it yet. And while we went with the softer-riding Inscription, we didn’t go abounding marshmallow. We upgraded to 19-inch auto for $800. (The 18s are accepted and, in our experience, softer riding.) Total out-the-door price: $64,190.
The S60 entered our agile aloof afore our bounded testing area briefly bankrupt its doors, but we’ll address aback anon with antecedent achievement after-effects and acknowledgment from the car’s aboriginal few ventures on the accessible road. In the meantime, reactions accept been favorable out of the gate. The latest S60 is an attractive, abundant auto alms either emissions-free commuting or 400-hp blazes as desired. The actual 37,921 afar should be enjoyable.
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