2018 VOLVO XC60 T8 E-AWD INSCRIPTION
How do you follow such a brilliant take on the modern family SUV as the Volvo XC90? The Swedish automaker has responded with the new XC60, based on the XC90’s Scalable Product Architecture but with two rows of seats rather than three.
The T8 E-AWD is supercharged and turbocharged and a plug-in hybrid with battery electricpowered rear wheels. Although the XC60 PHEV is smaller and lighter than the XC90 PHEV, it delivers 1 mpg combined less than the XC90 on gasoline only and 3 mpg-e less on a full charge. Its pure-electric range of 18 miles is 1 mile short of the bigger SUV’s EPA estimate.
The responsive powertrain earned some praise.
“The XC60’s charms lie in its unexpected pleasures: copious, fat, guilt-free torque, a strikingly modern cabin, and a livability that makes you like it more with every mile,” Wasef said.
Added Pilgrim: “Better acceleration than expected.”
Nelson noted that it’s easy to overlook how dramatically different the XC60 is. “And that’s a shame,” he said. “Maybe because the XC90 stole the spotlight last year and little brother isn’t as remarkable?”
Noordeloos was less impressed. “One of the worst cars of the group to actually drive if you’re an enthusiast,” he argued. “It’s so tame, and the steering is dead and ultra-light. The chassis has very little grip, and the torque steer is bothersome.”
Noordeloos holds out hope that the non-PHEV’s conventional AWD might prove a better package. The PHEV drivetrain works better in every way in the XC90, the Volvo that impressed us so much last year. — TL
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