Volvo S60 Recharge T8 hybrid review
Excellent company-car running costs count in the Volvo S60 Recharge T8's favour, but it's not as sporty to drive as its looks suggest
- Striking, sporty looks
- Excellent running costs
- Superb interior fit and finish
- Only in expensive trim levels
- Inefficient when battery runs out
- Not as fun to drive as you'd think
|Model||Electric range||Fuel economy||CO2 emissions|
|Recharge T8 R-Design||35 miles||134-166mpg||38-46g/km|
|Recharge T8 Polestar Engineered||37 miles||113-134mpg||47-56g/km|
The Volvo S60 saloon lines up alongside its V60 estate counterpart, as well as the S90 saloon and V90 estate, and XC60 and XC90 SUVs, in the Volvo plug-in hybrid range. The XC40 completed the offering in 2020, with a slightly less powerful drivetrain.
Power is the name of the game for the S60 Recharge T8, however – it pumps out 381bhp in standard spec and nearly 400bhp in even faster 'Polestar Engineered' form. Keen drivers will be disappointed to find out it's not really a pure-bred sports saloon, though: while very fast in a straight line, it can't match the likes of a BMW 330e for handling finesse on a twisty backroad. That's probably not going to be a priority for many T8 buyers, however. With its ultra-low CO2 emissions of 40g/km and generally affordable running costs all round, this is a car designed to appeal to company-car users above all.
And they'll find lots to like here, with serene motorway cruising ability allied to one of the best interiors in the business – even if that effort to be sporty means ride quality isn't as good as it could be. Overall, the Volvo makes for an interesting alternative to a BMW 330e or Mercedes C-Class hybrid. For private buyers, the high list price – a consequence of the T8 drivetrain only being offered in R-Design and Polestar Engineered trim levels – could be a barrier, however.
The S60 Recharge T8 is a pretty practical family car, although for ultimate carrying capacity, the V60, or even the larger V90, are the obvious choices. Passenger room is generous, with tall adult able to sit in the back behind a tall driver without complaint. Boot space is also reasonably competitive with rivals.
To achieve those headline 100mpg+ fuel-economy figures, you'll need to make full use of the S60's 30-plus-mile electric range on a regular basis, ideally topping up the battery every evening at home. But if this car fits in with the type of journeys you typically do – and if it's available on your company-car list – it could make a very cost-effective choice indeed.
For more on the Volvo S60 Recharge T8 plug-in hybrid, check out our experience of running one for several months or read on for the rest of our in-depth review...
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingExcellent company-car running costs count in the Volvo S60 Recharge T8's favour, but it's not as sporty to drive as its looks suggest
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Volvo S60 Recharge T8 has an impressive electric range, as well as excellent on-paper CO2 and MPG figures
- 3Running costs & insuranceInsurance and servicing won't be the cheapest, but company-car drivers enjoy a low tax rate with the Volvo S60 Recharge T8
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Volvo S60 Recharge T8 looks sporty and is plenty powerful, but its handling isn't quite up to scratch
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortVolvo's recent strong run of form with interior design continues with the S60 Recharge T8
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityAs the Volvo S60 Recharge T8 is a saloon, ultimate practicality is limited, but it still acquits itself well compared to rivals
- 7Reliability & safety ratingReliability and safety are two areas where the Volvo S60 Recharge T8 is particularly strong