Volvo S60 Recharge T8 hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort
Volvo's recent strong run of form with interior design continues with the S60 Recharge T8
The Volvo S60 T8 is yet another model to benefit from the Swedish brand's reinvention of its interiors in recent years, beginning with the second-generation XC90 in 2015. Everywhere you look inside, there are high-quality, well finished materials, and there's also plenty of in-car technology, although it never seems overwhelming.
Volvo S60 Recharge T8 hybrid dashboard
A large central touchscreen, flanked by stylishly slim air vents, is probably the first thing you'll notice about the S60 T8's interior. Nearly every function you'll need is controlled using this screen, leaving just a small number of buttons next to the attractive (but perhaps too showy for some tastes) crystal gearlever.
Behind the steering wheel is another screen, sitting where the dials usually are, which can be configured to show a wide variety of information, while steering-wheel-mounted controls and a head-up display in the windscreen help you keep your eyes on the road as much as possible.
Equipment, options & accessories
The standard S60 is available in the sporty R-Design and luxury-focused Inscription trim levels, but the latter isn't available with the T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain. So the range starts with the pretty expensive R-Design, but you do get a significant amount of kit for your money.
Standard features include automatic headlights, a powered tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats, a powered driver's seat with lumbar support, a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system, smartphone connectivity and sat nav, along with R-Design interior and exterior styling enhancements, contoured sports seats with Nappa leather and textile upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels with a five double-spoke design and a leather sports steering wheel.
The Polestar Engineered version of the S60 T8 includes both technical and visual changes to give the car an even sportier character, boosting the wheel size to 19 inches and adding a heated steering wheel, an upgraded sports chassis and a premium Harmon Kardon sound system.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
The main element is a big portrait-orientated screen in the middle of the dashboard, set between two thin vertical air vents. It's fairly user-friendly, working in a similar way to many tablet computers. Most functions are easily found and carried out, although the systems in current BMWs and Audis are both sharper to use and to look at.
One point of criticism is the lack of standard Android Auto or Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity – you have to pay extra for these. The Volvo 'Sensus Connect' system and regular Bluetooth calling functionality does come as standard, but many buyers prefer to mirror their own phone's screen on the dashboard display.
In This Review
- 1VerdictExcellent 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 & comfort - currently readingVolvo'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
- 8Living with itHow do the Volvo S60 plug-in hybrid's eye-opening fuel-economy stats stack up in the real world? We ran one for six months to find out...