Volvo V60 T8 Twin Engine hybrid engines, drive & performance
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Although not a full-on high-performance estate in the mold of the old Volvo V60 Polestar or the Mercedes-AMG C63, the Volvo V60 T8 still has a hefty 381bhp power output in standard from, boosted to nearly 400bhp by the 'Polestar Engineered' version. That puts it in contention with purely petrol-powered rivals like the Mercedes-AMG C43, Audi S4 and BMW M340i, but unfortunately it's not as convincing and all-round package as any one of that trio.
Its rakish, sporty styling hints at significant performance and handling potential, but unfortunately this promise isn't fully delivered on once you get behind the wheel. This is an undoubtedly fast car, but lacks the last degree of handling sharpness and finesse necessary to truly appeal to keen drivers.
Volvo V60 T8 Twin Engine hybrid 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
Speed is the name of the game here, with 0-62mph taking less than five seconds, even in the standard T8. Not all that long ago, this was approaching supercar acceleration territory, but it demonstrates the potential of electric and petrol power combined.
The Polestar Engineered version shaves three tenths off the 0-62mph time, taking it from 4.9 to 4.6 seconds, while top speed for both is electronically limited to 155mph. On the move, the T8's automatic transmission can occasionally be slightly hesitant in delivering a burst of power from the engine when you request it, although as set out above, there's certainly nothing to complain about the rate of acceleration when it does arrive.
The V60 T8 handles tidily enough, but while the plug-in hybrid powertrain is only offered in the sporty R-Design Plus and Polestar Engineered trim levels, they don't fully deliver on their promise of sharp handling.
Even with the Polestar Engineered model's chassis upgrades, the V60 T8 is still no match for a rear-wheel-drive BMW 3 Series when it comes to driving enjoyment. Despite the Polestar's slightly sharper steering, the not-insignificant weight of the hybrid drivetrain makes itself felt and prevents the car from being as agile and responsive as its rivals.
And in comparison to its more comfortable V90 T8 bigger brother, it's more easily unsettled by rough roads. The Polestar Engineered gets Ohlins adjustable dampers – something more commonly seen on a track-focused performance car than a family-orientated estate.
While these can be used to soften up the ride a bit, it's a complex and manual process that, in the case of the rear suspension, involves jacking the car up, which is something most owners probably won't have the patience for.