As part of their commitment to bring at least partial electric power to every car they make, Volvo has extended the availability of its twin-engine hybrid system to the XC60 midsize SUV and the S90 full-size sedan for 2018. The innovative hybrid system was formerly available only on the full-size XC90 SUV.
Volvo's hybrid system uses a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine together with an electric motor to drive the front wheels, and another electric motor that drives the rear wheels. There's no driveshaft in this design. The rear electric motor simply adds power to the already potent gasoline-electric hybrid in the front.
The result is a combination that delivers an impressive 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque in a full-time AWD configuration. The 2.0-liter gas engine brings 313 horsepower, while the electric motors add 87 horsepower. The result is that the new 2018 XC60 T8 hybrid will accelerate from 0-60 in 4.9 seconds, besting many high-powered sports cars.
The EPA has not yet released fuel economy numbers for the XC60 T8, but the 2017 XC90 got up to 54 MPGe when using the electric-drive capability of the vehicle, and 25 MPG combined when the gas engine is also running. The 2018 models should do better than this, as the XC60 is a smaller vehicle and Volvo upgraded the battery pack from 9.2 kWh in 2017 to 10.4 kWh in the 2018 vehicles. This will extend the electric-only range and deliver better MPGe ratings.
The T8 package is available in all three of Volvo's standard trim levels. The base Momentum trim is well-equipped with safety, comfort, and technology features, while the R-Design trim adds sport features including special seats, 19-inch wheels, paddle shifters, and GPS navigation. The top Inscription trim adds luxury items such as real wood trim, 20-inch wheels, navigation, and an air-conditioned glove box. The R-Design retails for $52,193 and the Inscription for $52,693, so there's little reason not to upgrade.
In the base Momentum trim, the 2018 XC60 T8 starts at $48,893 after Federal tax incentives have been applied. On top of that, Oregon will offer up to $2,500 as a point-of-sale rebate on EVs and plug-in hybrids with at least 10 kWh of battery capacity and a base price under $50,000, but the program is not set to start until 2018. Consult the Oregon DEQ for specific answers, as the program is currently under development.
The thing to remember with the XC60 T8 is that you're getting a Volvo, and that means state-of-the-art safety, performance, and comfortable luxury. The XC60 T8 offers well-controlled power, a quiet, comfortable cabin, and plenty of cargo space befitting a midsize SUV. Worth noting, the T8 driveline package will also be offered on the 2018 Volvo S90 full-size sedan, as well as the XC90 SUV.
2018 Volvo XC60 T8
Base price: $48,893
Price as tested: $52,693
Type: Midsize SUV
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged inline-4 with electric motors (400 hp, 472 lbs-ft)
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
EPA estimated mileage: TBD
Overall length: 184.6 inches
Curb weight: 4,599 pounds
Final assembly: Gothenburg, Sweden