Volvo sold only 1,250 S60s in the UK last year, but it has great hopes that this new model, located on the back of the magnificent V60 estate, will perform well in the spring of 2019. Significantly higher sales in the UK are targeted and this is a huge model for the brand worldwide as it is the first car to be built at Volvo's new plant in Charleston, USA and directly against big hitters like the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The Volvo S60 sticks to the recipe for success that Volvo has developed over the last three years, but it's not quite a shrunken S90 with significantly shorter overhangs, lipped tailgate and racy standard bodykit hint, that this is a car Volvo is aimed directly at people who want to drive.
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That's why you'll see that the first S60 we drove is the flagship variant that kicks out a new set of cars created with the help of Performance Wing Polestar. The T8 Polestar Engineered model uses the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor in the same plug-in hybrid setup found on all Volvo models using the brand's scalable product architecture platform. The power is 399 hp, with a powerful torque of 670 Nm.
The battery of the T8 is 10.4 kWh and sends electricity to the electric motor that drives the rear wheels. This means that this four-wheel-drive hot air system not only delivers 0.62 mph in 4.7 seconds, but can also be powered by electricity alone for 21 miles
This version, which will launch the car in the UK next spring , is the power conductor of people like the Mercedes-AMG C 63 and the outgoing BMW M3, but its position as a performance plug-in makes it a unique position on the market. These Polestar badges are not just about the extra 14 hp that this car brings over the regular T8 Twin Engine S60 – the Polestar Engineered model gets a set of Ohlins dampers and a larger amount of Brembo brakes.
The colossal torque figure means that when the road opens, this is a fast car between gears, and it picks up pace with minimal effort and drama. But it is not without mistakes and they make you question if more ability is necessarily better.
For example, the Ohlins dampers, in their standard setting of 22 adjustable stages, can give a rather choppy ride, unlike anything you'd expect from a Volvo.The bumpiness creeps in noticeably on a less ideal highway surface While not quite thwarting the suitability of the T8 Polestar Engineered as a cruiser, it's a great fly in the ointment.
This strength makes a little more sense when things get curvy .The steering is sharp enough to give you that self-confidence The Trick suspension setting gets alive and keeps everything amazingly flat.Since most of the power and torque are directed to the front axle, the S60 T8 Polestar slides into safe understeer as soon as you reach the offered grip You can also feel the extra 200kg added by the plug-in hybrid powertrain, and for a car of its size, it feels a bit hefty and maybe not as fast as the 400 hp performance shows.
These massive Brembo brakes make sure that this two-ton limousine is stopped sharp enough in hard driving, but is not sufficiently integrated into the battery recuperation system – at low speeds they are very unwieldy and unruly, which is the T8 Make Polestar It was a bit difficult to get into the stop traffic.
In contrast, we drove a bit more representative of what most Volvo customers would actually buy, but not a car coming to England next spring. The T6 all-wheel drive S60 dispenses with the hybrid system, the Ohlins dampers and the high performance claims, and it feels much more on the money for it. The hallmark pleasing ride quality expected from a Volvo returns with the car, feeling a little lighter on his toes as well.
It's more than just a green shoot for the S60, in fact it's confirmation that under the slightly mismatched T8 Polestar Engineered a very loyal compact executive saloon lurks. UK shoppers will have to wait a while to get the sleek and sweet 306 hp 2.06-liter T6 all-wheel drive option, but the 247 hp front-engined T7 that we'll get from the start is going to get more than Probably 99% convinced as an option.
The T6 Twin Engine Plug-in and the regular 388-hp T8 twin engine should be a much better choice for daily use than if you want to opt for the Polestar Tweede Range Topper a hybrid. If you only want a performance sedan, you should probably try other options.
The S60 interior also remains pretty convincing. Inside, it directly mirrors the V60 and feels uncomfortable with anything that Volvo has released since the XC90, but that's a compliment, not a criticism. The dashboard layout is neat, the steering wheel is wonderfully plush and covered with soft leather, the metals and plastics are all of the highest quality and it's all about a sleek and sharp 9.3-inch portrait touch screen
UK Specifications are far from finalized, but we promise that Pound for Pound's new S60 will provide more standard kit, safety and driver assistance features than the German establishment. Look at this room.