2020 Volvo S60 R First Drive – 2020 Volvo S60 R
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We analysis Volvo’s constituent amalgam sports auto and appear abroad with alloyed results.
Swedish carmaker Volvo is authoritative addition concerted accomplishment to booty a allotment of the mid-size affluence bazaar bedeviled by the Audi A4, BMW 3 Alternation and Mercedes C-Class.
This is the third-generation S60 auto afterward the added alternation from 2010 to 2018, and the aboriginal bearing alien in backward 2000. It’s additionally accessible as a glassy V60 wagon. Point of interest: the auto is fabricated in the US, while the wagon is fabricated in Sweden and Belgium.
The archetypal activated has addition twist: the 2020 Volvo S60 T8 R-Design is a high-performance constituent hybrid, so it can biking up to 45km on array ability abandoned afore the petrol agent takes over. Volvo additionally uses the electric motor to addition dispatch from a continuing start, depending on which approach you’re in.
The pitch: you can assuredly accept a fast car with blooming credentials, accessing all accessible ability one moment, and adequate conscience-clearing eco motoring the next.
The achievement claims are impressive, able blood-tingling 0–100km/h achievement of 4.3 abnormal – not far abroad from Porsche 911 territory. Does the Volvo deliver? Added about that shortly.
As with best all-new designs, the S60 is bigger in every ambit – a move that makes it hardly best and added than its German rivals. (For the number-crunchers that’s 4761mm in length, 1850mm in width, 1437mm in height, and a 2872mm wheelbase).
With the advance access – and added technology – has appear a 10 per cent amount rise. The S60 auto was ahead accessible from $49,990 additional on-road costs; the new archetypal starts from $54,990 additional on-road costs.
That buys the S60 T5 Momentum powered by a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder agent (187kW/350Nm) commutual to an eight-speed automated manual and all-wheel drive, active on 17-inch admixture wheels.
The abutting archetypal up is the $60,990 S60 T5 Inscription powered by the aforementioned driveline, but assets 19-inch wheels, a different grille, absolute driftwood berth highlights, four-zone air-conditioning instead of dual-zone, head-up display, 360-degree camera, and nappa covering upholstery.
The $64,990 T5 R-Design boosts the 2.0-litre petrol engine’s achievement to 192kW/400Nm (though the achievement accretion from 0–100km/h is aloof 0.1 added according to Volvo) and adds different 19-inch admixture wheels, a attenuate anatomy kit, different council caster and sports seats.
The flagship $85,990 T8 R-Design constituent amalgam activated actuality has a activating 2.0-litre four-cylinder that is turbocharged and supercharged (246kW/430Nm) active the advanced wheels, backed up by an electric motor (65kW/240Nm) that drives the rear wheels.
The car can be apprenticed in pure-electric approach or petrol-only mode, but best of the time uses a aggregate of both carrying an all-wheel-drive mode.
Volvo claims an brief allegation should be abundant to bear about 45km of electric active ambit afore the petrol agent bliss in, admitting in absoluteness the array ambit is afterpiece to 30km, abnormally aback appliance air-conditioning and headlights. Fortunately, there’s abundant petrol in the catchbasin to drive a added 600km or more.
A wagon is accessible in anniversary alternative for $2000 added than the agnate sedan.
Standard assurance on all models includes seven airbags, advanced and rear free emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, blind-zone warning, rear cross-traffic alert, acceleration assurance recognition, a rear camera or 360-degree camera, and tyre burden monitors.
However, during our analysis drive of an S60 auto (and, coincidentally, a near-identical V60 wagon), the acceleration assurance acceptance formed intermittently, and not as able-bodied as added agnate systems offered by Toyota, Ford and Peugeot, to name a few examples.
Perhaps it’s because the Volvo arrangement cross-references acceleration assurance advice from the camera with abstracts stored in the navigation. Best added brands await alone on the camera because the technology is now so good, additional they ascertain roadworks and academy zones.
As is the case with an accretion cardinal of electric cars, the Volvo S60 T8 R-Design has no AM radio. It was deleted to abstain cyberbanking interference. Instead, AM admirers will charge to use their buzz abstracts to beck an AM station, or await on agenda radio. Unfortunately, however, neither of these options works able-bodied in bounded areas, area AM campaign abundant added than buzz signals and agenda radio coverage.
According to technology experts, there is a way to absorber AM radio from electric car arrest but it costs money, and carmakers such as Volvo and Tesla aren’t advance in it because AM is on the abate in Europe and America. We’re abatement it actuality in case it’s a deal-breaker for you. For now, there are no affairs to install AM radio to this Volvo model.
On the additional side, the S60 gets the large, vertical, tablet-style infotainment awning that has appeared on added new Volvo models such as the XC90 and XC40. It pinches and swipes in abundant the aforementioned way as a smartphone, but still requires some practice.
The berth is roomier than before, but aback bench amplitude is not as acceptable as an Audi A4 or Mercedes C-Class. There was bound bottom allowance beneath the advanced seats for aback bench passengers. Knee allowance is additionally tight, which is odd accustomed the beyond ambit amid the advanced and rear auto against its rivals.
The burden authority is not as ample or as accessible as it could be accustomed the acceptable floorspace (100cm long, 104cm wide), because of the angled roof band in the wagon and the attenuated cossack aperture in the sedan.
The Volvo S60 T8 R-Design has 390L of cossack space, which is bashful compared to its peers. This is abundantly due to the array backpack and amalgam accouterments beneath the cossack attic and aback seat.
By comparison, a Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a 435L boot, while the Audi A4 and new BMW 3 Alternation both accept 480L burden holds. The constituent amalgam BMW 330e has a bashful 375-litre boot. The Volkswagen Passat aces the lot with a massive 586-litre burden hold.
As an absorbing allegory – and a assurance of how abundant convenance Toyota has had at packaging petrol-electric tech – a Camry Amalgam has a massive 493L cossack (versus 524L for a non-hybrid Camry).
The Volvo S60 T8 R-Design auto comes with an inflator kit (so no added tyre at all), while assertive wagon variants appear with a space-saver spare.
Warranty is three years/unlimited kilometres, the aforementioned as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar, but beneath than Lexus (four years) and Hyundai’s Genesis cast (five years). Best boilerplate cars accept five-, six- or seven-year assurance coverage, so three years is at the lower end of the scale.
Service intervals are 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first. Pre-paid account bales can be bought aural 12 months of purchasing the car for $1595 and awning accepted aliment for the aboriginal 45,000km or three years, whichever comes first.
As with all new Volvos alien in the aftermost brace of years, the S60 auto is like a generational change.
The beyond brand helps accomplish the car added adaptable over bumps, although if you appetite the best adequate amalgamation opt for the abject archetypal on 17-inch auto and tyres rather than this achievement alternative with its humble rubber.
The axis amphitheater of 11m is a bit broader than best rivals, but not as bulky as added Volvos accept been in the past.
It’s still actual adequate to drive and about adequate on aflutter roads, but active over amplification joins can feel a bit brusque and the abeyance thrums in the process.
This is not the alone bewilderment adverse the flagship T8 constituent hybrid. It is not as fast as the manufacturer’s 0–100km/h affirmation of 4.3 seconds, and I’m absolutely analytical how Volvo got to this number. The best we could get afterwards abundant attempts was 5.3 seconds. This is still about active (almost as quick as a Holden Commodore V8 or Kia Stinger), but one added abroad from the affirmation is in actuality a lifetime at this end of the achievement spectrum.
The T8 switches seamlessly and allegedly from petrol to electric – or runs both – but don’t apprehend to get anywhere abreast the official ammunition appraisement boilerplate of 2.0L/100km. This is an aberration of chic testing. In the absolute world, the T8 drinks as abundant as best added achievement cars already the electric ability runs out.
We saw boilerplate ammunition burning alter amid 8.0L/100km and 11.0L/100km depending on how agog we were driving, which agency it’s on par with best added cars in this class.
The actuality that the Volvo S60 T8 R-Design weighs aloof over 2000kg (about 250kg added than added models in the S60 range) demonstrates the two-steps advanced and one-step aback amends of this technology. The added weight is about alone bottomward to the array pack, electric motor and amalgam system.
It feels active with actual ablaze burke application, and is active about town, but it’s candidly not in the 4.0-second chic of sports sedans. Unfortunately, this agency the T8 is neither an ballsy achievement car nor a ablaze hybrid.
If you appetite to save on ammunition – and save money – put brand snobbery to one ancillary and buy a Toyota Camry Hybrid.
If you appetite a nice affluence car that stands out from the army – and don’t charge to backpack abundant in the way of cartage and burden – the approved Volvo T5 S60 and V60 models in the new ambit are the bigger choices.
Volvo has acceptable intentions with the S60 T8 R-Design constituent hybrid, and there’s annihilation amiss with the way it looks or drives. If you accept your affection set on one, we wouldn’t abash you.
But if you are undecided, it’s fair to say this isn’t the best beheading of achievement amalgam technology. It’s not as fast nor as economical as its claim. The cheaper models in the new Volvo S60 ambit accomplish abundant added sense.
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