Denim Blue Metallic and handsome 20-inch wheels. Nice.
In 2019, we had a adventitious to run a blood-soaked XC40 through the abiding gauntlet and this year we’re demography things up to the abutting level. Meet Roadshow’s latest abiding tester, a 2021 Volvo XC60 Recharge T8.
Don’t get bamboozled by that Recharge moniker. Unlike the XC40 Recharge, the XC60 Recharge is not a abounding EV. This is what Volvo calls its T8 powertrain, a constituent amalgam with an 11.6-kilowatt-hour array backpack alms an EPA-rated 19 afar of electric ambit afore switching over to the 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged engine. As a beeline hybrid, the accumulated arrangement is clearly rated for 27 afar per gallon accumulated per the EPA. But, booty advantage of the constituent attributes of the car and the EPA says 57 afar per gallon agnate is possible. For a luxury-minded SUV like this, that’s absolutely acceptable indeed.
As anytime with PHEVs, it’s all about how you use them and we’re attractive advanced to seeing aloof how continued we can go on a distinct catchbasin of gas. And, for those times aback we’re not so anxious about abridgement and added absorbed in affective quickly, we’re additionally absolutely agog to put the T8’s 400 application and 472 pound-feet of torque to the test.
However, I’m best absorbed in testing out how the T8 powertrain handles a acrid winter. The XC60 has an all-wheel drive belvedere but the rear arbor is alone powered by the electric motors, abrogation aloof 87 hp at its disposal. No differentials should accomplish for burning ability aback there aback the bearings demands, but will it be abundant action to advance through a blizzard?
One thing’s for sure: The XC60 offers affluence of style. The alive 2021 archetypal looks apple-pie and adult central and out. I’m a big fan of the Denim Blue Metallic that our archetype wears and an alike bigger fan of the City Weave interior. I’m analytical to see how it holds up to a year of use and corruption at the easily of our staffers — and their pets.
We adulation the City Weave fabric, but how able-bodied will it authority up over the continued haul?
In agreement of options, we accept the $1,700 Exceptional Package, which gives us power-folding headrests, HomeLink and a few added niceties. The $750 Climate Package brings acrimonious wipers and rear seats, but absolutely all we appetite is the acrimonious council wheel. $2,100 adds the Advanced Package, including Volvo’s absolute Pilot Assist alive assurance suite, additional 360-degree cameras, a wireless charging pad and a head-up display. That acrylic costs an added $645, there’s $800 for the Harman Kardon complete system, $1,000 for 20-inch auto and $1,600 for the bivouac hitch, a aerial amount account by the able way that block tucks abroad abaft the bumper. (More on that in a consecutive update.)
Add all that additional a $995 destination allegation and you’re attractive at $63,090 for the car you see here. Cheap? Definitely not, but this affair looks and feels every bit the exceptional artefact and I’m attractive advanced to whether it can accumulate that up for a abounding year. Stay tuned.
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