In case you haven’t noticed, Volvo has changed a lot in the past decade or so. It’s under Chinese ownership, has overhauled its design philosophy, and is now building cars in places other than its home base of Sweden. After completing a long-term test of an XC60 crossover that was built in China, we’ve now crossed the 40,000-mile mark in a 2020 S60 sedan that was assembled at Volvo’s new South Carolina plant. And by most measures, we’d call it a success.
This wasn’t just any old S60. We opted for the most powerful, most complex, and most luxurious model available: the T8 plug-in hybrid in its top Inscription trim (for the 2021 model year, Volvo now calls this gas-electric powertrain the Recharge). Stickering at $64,190, it included options such as a Bowers & Wilkins sound system for $3200, ventilated and massaging front seats for $2200, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel for $750, and a park-assist system for $200. Finished in Crystal White Metallic ($645), our S60 looked snazzy thanks to optional 19-inch wheels ($800) and a nicely contrasting brown leather interior.
When we first took delivery of our S60, it posted a quick 60-mph sprint of 4.3 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds at 109 mph. That’s what a complex 400-hp powertrain consisting of a super- and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, an electric motor, and an eight-speed automatic transmission can do when bolted into a 4491-pound compact sports sedan. After 40,000 miles, it matched that 60-mph time and improved by 0.1 second in the quarter-mile but posted a trap speed 1 mph slower.
For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.