If we didn’t know any better, we would think that the 2020 Volvo S60 Hybrid is trying to cater to literally everyone. It’s a plug-in hybrid that can drive solely on electric power, it has 400 horsepower, and it’s comfortable enough for the daily drive, no matter the distance. Its all-electric range is narrow, but with the proper throttle inputs, the S60 Hybrid could get you to work on only electric power.
No range anxiety
The S60 hybrid can be driven on all-electric power for up to 22 miles. Now that might not sound like much, but if your workplace is within that range (and you have a charger at work), then you can perceivably use this car as an electric car without any range anxiety.
If your commute has some downhill portions, or if you drive in a city environment, regenerative braking is your friend. However, if your friend fails you and you run out of all-electric mojo, your backup friend is a 2.0-liter, twin-charged four-cylinder engine that is assisted by a pair of 87-hp electric motors This combination is good for 400 total horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. All of this power goes through an eight-speed automatic transmission and out to all four wheels.
The 2020 Volvo S60 plug-in hybrid achieves 27 in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which works out to 31 mpg combined and 69 MPGe. Combine these figures with a 15.9-gallon fuel tank and you should get close to 500 miles by the time it fully runs out.
“Elegant simplicity” is how we would describe the interior of the S60 as it has impressive features and a clean design. A choice of either fine Nappa leather or regular leather adorns the seats and door panels, while wood or metal inlays add character to the dash.
A large 9-inch tablet display takes center stage and houses the infotainment and climate controls, while a 12.3-inch digital display sits in front of the driver and displays any pertinent information. In true Volvo style, the cabin does not disappoint as the front seats provide heating, ventilation, and massage functions, making it a truly comfortable place to be.
Volvo has always been synonymous with safety and the Volvo S60 is no exception. The plug-in hybrid comes with blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, front and rear collision mitigation with autonomous braking, and whiplash protection. All of these features are part of Volvo Pilot Assist, which is close to Tesla’s Autopilot features in that you could trust the system to essentially drive the car itself, however, make sure not to take your hands off the wheel.
A comfortable plug-in cruiser
Overall, the Volvo S60 Hybrid could be a great choice for anyone considering an electric car but doesn’t want to worry about range. It’s well-crafted inside and out and genuinely exudes a luxurious appeal. And with a starting MSRP $55,400, the S60 hybrid is more affordable than a Tesla, and it could get you to work on all-electric power just fine.