2020 Volvo S60 Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

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$56,045 - $65,445
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2020 Volvo S60 plug-in hybrid Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 16, 2020
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Saurav Kumar

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Not just a Sedan loaded with sophisticated luxury features, the 2020 Volvo S60 PHEV is a claimed performer in the luxury sedan segment. The sedan offers impressive performance, a comfy interior, and lots of tech features. The car competes with some prominent models like Acura RLX hybrid and Audi A6 Premium, and BMW 530e. 

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Pros

Comfy and supportive seats

Strong and performing acceleration and braking

An array of driving aids

Available with Bowers & Wilkins audio system

Cons

Too many controls for technology interface

Sport suspension available as optional not so smooth

Missing USB ports for rear passengers

What's New?

All models get virtual instrument panel as standard

Blind-spot monitoring gets steering collision avoidance


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$56045

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

120 cu.in.

horsepower

400 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

472 lbs.-ft. @ 2200 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8/11.8

dimensions

wheelbase

113.1 in.

length

63 in.

width

80.3 in.

height

56.6 in.

ground clearance

5.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

92 cu ft.

cargo volume

11.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

890 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.3 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

152 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/32/25 mpg

ev range

333.9 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

508.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


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Interior
Videos
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Styles

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Birch Light Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.6

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Volvo S60 plug-in hybrid Sedan T8 Inscription

T8 Inscription

power
400 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$56,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T8 Inscription 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $56,045 MSRP (21/25/32) 400 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo S60 plug-in hybrid Sedan T8 R-Design

T8 R-Design

power
400 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$56,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T8 R-Design 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $56,045 MSRP (21/25/32) 400 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Volvo S60 plug-in hybrid Sedan T8 Polestar Engineered

T8 Polestar Engineered

power
415 hp@6300rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$65,445


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
T8 Polestar Engineered 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Twincharger gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $65,445 MSRP (21/25/32) 415 hp@6300rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.6

Overall Rating


With a starting price of $65,445, the S60 Polestar Engineered PHEV is available with a hybrid motor that churns out 415 hp and 494 lb-ft of torque. The model features exclusive Polestar chassis and 22-inch Polestar Engineered black polished wheels. If you seek more, there's room for extra luxury features and leather upholstery across the cabin.

As far as the luxury appeal goes, the Volvo S60 Polestar is also a performance loaded luxury-sedan. The S60 is good for buyers looking for a tech-loaded car and featured infotainment system. Considering all things, the Volvo S60 is a well-balanced car that comes with an elegant package. 

2020 Volvo S60 plug-in-hybrid Sedan Front View
2020 Volvo S60 plug-in-hybrid Sedan Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 

8.6/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Volvo S60 plug-in hybrid Sedan Features

8.0/10

The T8 hybrid engine assembled under the hood of the S60 Plug-in hybrid comes coupled with electric motors and churns out a combined output of 400 hp and 472 lb-ft. The Polestar is optimized to bring in more performance out of the plug-in hybrid model, delivering 415 hp and 494 lb-ft of torque. The T8 Polestar Engineered model loaded with exclusive features mentioned in the table below along with other features like 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension with Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes, and an Orrefors crystal shift knob.

Trims

Sport R-Design

Luxury Inscription

Performance Polestar Engineered

MSRP (AWD)

$56,045

$56,045

$65,445

Key Features

18" 5-Double Spoke Matte Black Diamond Cut Alloy Wheel

Adds/Upgrades to Sport R-Design Adds/Upgrades to Luxury Inscription
 

Nappa leather, open grid textile upholstery

18" 10-Multi Spoke Black Diamond Cut Alloy Wheel

Polestar Engineered 19" 5-Y Spoke Black Polished Forged Alloy Wheel

 

Metal Mesh Inlays

Leather Upholstery

Nappa leather, open grid textile upholstery

 

Dual integrated tailpipes

Driftwood Inlays

Metal Mesh Inlays

 

Lane Keeping Aid

Dual integrated tailpipes

Front-wheel Drive type

 

Black Rear View Mirror Caps

Lane Keeping Aid

Lane Keeping Aid

 

Dynamic chassis

Color Coordinated Rear View Mirror Caps

Black Rear View Mirror

 

Harman Kardon Premium Sound

Dynamic chassis

Polestar Chassis

   

Harman Kardon Premium Sound

Bowers and Wilkins Premium Audio

     

ABS and driveline Traction control

     

12.3-inch Digital Driver Display

     

SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio

     

Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry

Which trim to go for?

Since there is no price difference in the R-Design and Inscription trims, we would recommend the R-Design trim. Although, the Inscription trim offers extra luxury fitting compared to the sporty R-Design. However, if you are willing to shed out more bucks for better power and performance, go for the S60 Polestar Engineered. 

2020 Volvo S60 plug-in hybrid Sedan Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2020 S60 PHEV is powered by a 2 Liter inline 4 cylinder supercharged and turbocharged engine accompanied by a 10.4 kWh battery powering a rear-mounted electric motor. The twin-charged engine in sync with the hybrid powertrain can produce 400hp and 472lb-ft of torque. The Polestar Engineered trim churns out a maximum power of 415 hp and 494 lb-ft of torque. 

2020 Volvo S60 plug-in-hybrid Sedan has 8 Speed Automatic Transmission

The 8-speed automatic transmission also makes sure of smooth and quick gear shifts. The inline 4 is also capable of delivering a smooth and comfortable ride for the highway.

Models

Volvo S60 T8 PHEV

Audi A6 Premium

Acura RLX Hybrid

BMW 530e

MSRP

$56,045

$59,895

$62,895

$54,396

Engine

2L Twin-Charged Inline 4 3L Turbocharged V6 3.5L Premium V6 2L Turbocharged Inline-4
Drivetrain AWD AWD AWD RWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automated Manual

7-Speed Automated Manual

8-Speed Automatic

Power

400hp@6,000rpm 335hp@5,500rpm 377hp@6,500rpm 248hp@5,200rpm

Torque

472lb-ft@2,200rpm 369lb-ft@1,370rpm 341lb-ft@4,700rpm 258lb-ft@1,450rpm

Volvo produces more power and torque when compared to its direct rivals. The BMW produces the least power out of the bunch with only 248hp. Even in terms of torque, the Volvo has the highest amount of torque and the BMW has the lowest, but it is offered at just 1450 RPM.

How fast is it?

Acceleration is quite powerful considering the size of the car. The twin-charged (supercharger + turbocharger) engine means that acceleration is instant as the supercharger contains the turbo lag at low RPMs.

2020 Volvo S60 plug-in-hybrid Sedan covers 0-60 in just 4.4 sec.

Model

Volvo S60 T8 PHEV

Audi A6 Premium

Acura RLX Hybrid

BMW 530e

0-60 MPH

4.4 sec

4.4 sec

4.9 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

13.5 sec

13.6 sec

N/A

Top Speed 155 MPH 155 MPH 173 MPH 146 MPH

Engine

2L Twin-Charged Inline 4 3L Turbocharged V6 3.5L Premium V6 2L Turbocharged Inline-4

The S60 hybrid is quickest off the line to 60MPH, at par with the Audi A6. Again, the BMW is slowest to 60MPH at 6.5 seconds. This can also be concluded by the fact that Volvo is the lightest in the group.

How are the brakes on Volvo S60 PHEV?

The brakes feel solid. Combined with the 19-inch tires, the brakes offer great stopping power. The brakes also feel good for everyday commuting.

2020 Volvo S60 plug-in-hybrid Sedan has Front Brakes of 11.8 in.

Model

Volvo S60 T8 PHEV

Audi A6 Premium

Acura RLX Hybrid

BMW 530e

Brake Rotors Front

11.8"

13.3"

13"

N/A

Brake Rotors Rear

11.9"

13"

12.2"

N/A

Curb Weight

3907 lbs

4266 lbs

4380 lbs

4407 lbs

60-0 MPH

110 ft

152 ft (70-0)

187 ft (70-0)

NA

When compared to rivals, Volvo provides better braking performance and better brake feel. The lightweight of the Volvo can be credited for this braking performance.

How does it drive?

The all-wheel-drive system in the Volvo makes sure of good handling experience and the optional sport suspension limits the body roll. But the sport suspensions also result in a harsh ride whereas, the standard suspensions offer a good comfortable ride. The steering also feels direct and provides good feedback. The car has been tuned well enough to tackle corners with ease.

2020 Volvo S60 plug-in-hybrid Sedan's 3 Quarter View

2020 Volvo S60 plug-in hybrid Sedan Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The Volvo hybrid offers very good gas mileage, one of the best in the class. The inline 4 cylinder engine can offer a comfortable smooth ride without hurting your pocket too much. It is the highway cruising where the Volvo actually excels with 34 miles to the gallon.

Model

Volvo S60 T8 PHEV

Audi A6 Premium

Acura RLX Hybrid

BMW 530e

MPG (City)

27

22

28

24

MPG (Highway)

34

29

29

34

MPG (Combined)

30

25

28

29

Fuel Capacity 15.9 gallons 19.3 gallons 15.1 gallons 12.1 gallons
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 333.9/508.8 miles 425/560/482 miles 423/438/422 miles 432.0/612.0 miles 

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

6.3

7.1

6.3

N/A

The Volvo offers better fuel economy when compared to rivals - probably the best in class. With combined gas mileage of 30 miles to the gallon, that is the best one can expect considering the level of comfort that the car offers. Acura RLX Hybrid offers a slightly better fuel economy for city running but the Volvo hits it out of the park with its highway MPG.

2020 Volvo S60 plug-in hybrid Sedan Interior

7.5/10

The Volvo S60 gets your attention to every corner of its interior. Vertically grained wood looks magnificent while the gray plastic has been beautifully placed. The S90 Polestar gets Nappa leather and open grid textile upholstery, making it more refined among rivals. You get enough support from the front and rear seats. The rear seats offer good legroom but the sloping roofline impacts the headroom badly. 

2020 Volvo S60 plug-in-hybrid Sedan's Cockpit Area

Model

Volvo S60 T8 PHEV

Audi A6 Premium

Acura RLX Hybrid

BMW 530e

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.4/56.1/42.3

38.0/57.8/41.3

37.6/59.6/42.3

38.8/58.7/41.4

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.2/54.5/35.2

38.1/56.5/37.4

36.9/57.0/38.8

37.5/55.9/36.5

The Acura offers maximum overall room for the front passengers. The Acura RLX also offers enormous rear-seat legroom but the Audi offers better headroom for the rear seat passengers. The Volvo offers the least amount of space when it comes to passenger room.

Creature Comfort Inside

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth
  • Two USB Ports
  • 10 Speaker Stereo
  • Satellite Radio
  • Climate Control
  • Panoramic Moonroof
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview mirror

What about the infotainment inside?

The S60 comes with the latest generation of the Sensus infotainment system with Bowers and Wilkins audio system. It responds instantly to the user's touch. The tab styled display also helps to reduce the number of buttons on the dashboard and makes the interior look less cluttered.

2020 Volvo S60 plug-in-hybrid Sedan's Infotainment Screen

With the ever-increasing number of functions performed by the infotainment system, they are getting more and more complicated and difficult to use. Volvo's Sensus is no exception and it takes some time getting used to it and mastering it.

Infotainment Features

  • 12.3" Digital Driver Display
  • Harman Kardon Premium Sound
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • USB Connections
  • Bluetooth Connection
  • Subwoofer
  • Navigation - Pro
  • Smartphone Integration (Apple CarPlay/Android Auto)
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio w/ 3-Month Subscription
  • Speech Function

How much cargo space does it offer?

The S60 Hybrid comes with a nice and wide trunk but it is not high enough. The trunk floor is too high, probably because of the hybrid battery system. The trunk also comes with handy hooks to hang grocery bags.

2020 Volvo S60 plug-in-hybrid Sedan's Cargo Area

Model

Volvo S60 T8 PHEV

Audi A6 Premium

Acura RLX Hybrid

BMW 530e

Cargo Capacity

11.6 cu.ft.

13.7 cu.ft.

12 cu.ft.

14.5 cu.ft.

The Volvo lack behind in terms of cargo space. Other competitors offer better and more practical trunks. The one good thing about the Volvo's trunk is that the hinges are hidden so they don't damage the luggage.

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2020 Volvo S60 plug-in hybrid Sedan Exterior

8.0/10

When it comes to weight, the Volvo is the lightest of the group. Even in terms of exterior dimensions, the Volvo is the smallest but offers more ground clearance which adds to the everyday practicality of the car.

2020 Volvo S60 plug-in-hybrid Sedan's Left Side View

Model

Volvo S60 T8 PHEV

Audi A6 Premium

Acura RLX Hybrid

BMW 530e

Curb Weight

3907 lbs

4266 lbs

4380 lbs

4297 lbs

Length

187.4"

194.4"

198.1"

194.6"

Width

72.8"

74.3"

74.4"

73.5"

Height

56.6"

57.4"

57.7"

58.4"

Ground Clearance

5.8"

4.2"

4.5"

5.9"

Wheelbase

113.1"

115.1"

112.2"

117.1"

When compared directly to rivals, the Volvo is the smallest by a few inches but offers more wheelbase than the Acura which makes it more stable at highway speeds.

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive LED Headlights with High-Pressure Washers
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Auto Delay Off Headlamps
  • Front Fog / Driving Lights
  • 19 Inch alloy wheels
  • Retractable side view mirrors
  • Heated windshield nozzles
  • Auto dimming exterior mirrors
2020 Volvo S60 plug-in-hybrid Sedan Exterior
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2020 Volvo S60 plug-in-hybrid Sedan Exterior
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2020 Volvo S60 plug-in hybrid Sedan Safety

8.0/10

Just like any other Volvo of the modern age, the S60 Hybrid is also jam-packed with safety features and equipment -

  • Driver airbag
  • Passenger airbag
  • Front head airbag
  • Rear head airbag
  • Front side airbag
  • 4 wheel ABS
  • LATCH system
  • Rearview camera
  • Run offroad mitigation
  • Road sign recognition
  • Lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warning
  • Auto emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Blindspot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Surround-view parking camera
  • Parallel parking assist
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Semi-autonomous self-driving system
  • Adaptive cruise control

2020 Volvo S60 plug-in hybrid Sedan Competition

8.6/10

Volvo S60 Hybrid Vs Audi A6 Premium Hybrid

Both the Volvo and it's German rival are solidly built well-composed cars. The Audi lags behind in terms of gas mileage where the Volvo simply excels. What the Audi is good at is rear-seat comfort and room. The Audi comes with a bigger engine but the acceleration is at par. Audi provides better technology with it's MMI infotainment system and Virtual Cockpit digital drivers display when compared to Vovlo's Sensus system. Audi also offers more trunk space for added practicality. The Volvo is more pocket-friendly but lags behind in some key practicality aspects.

2020 Audi A6 Premium Hybrid

Volvo S60 Hybrid Vs Acura RLX Hybrid

The Acura RLX Hybrid is the costliest of the bunch but it doesn't feel the part. The interior looks dated and it also lags behind in terms of technology. Volvo offers a better ride quality and driving feel. The S60 also returns more miles to the gallon when compared to the Acura. Where the Volvo is beaten again is the trunk space and rear-seat room. But overall, the Volvo is a better package.

2020 Acura RLX Hybrid

Volvo S60 Hybrid Vs BMW 530e Hybrid

BMW is the cheapest of the group here. It has the same inline 4 cylinder engine as the Volvo but produces much less power. The BMW also provides more rear-seat room and cargo space than the Volvo. It also has a slightly better ground clearance than the Volvo for easier everyday driving. The interior feels premium and the car offers some advanced technology with its iDrive system.

2020 BMW 530e Hybrid

2020 Volvo S60 plug-in hybrid Sedan Final Verdict

The S60 PHEV is certainly a well-balanced car but there are certain things that are worth considering. We would like to discuss the infotainment system that seems to be difficult to understand at times, while the touch screen buttons can be distracting. Anyways, for this year, the polestar offers optimum performance and ride quality compared to its rivals.