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2018 Volvo XC60 T8: First Drive Review

We recently had a chance to get behind the wheel of the all-new 2018 Volvo XC60, which we quickly deemed a worthy contender in a highly competitive segment. So of course we jumped at the chance to check out a new, top-tier version of the XC60 — the plug-in hybrid T8.

What Is T8?

The XC60 T8 variant is a hybrid system with a turbocharged and supercharged 4-cylinder engine up front with an electric motor in the back. This "twin engine" setup is good for 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. Despite a slightly longer lag in acceleration than we expected, at full throttle it was a rocket. The T8 comes standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which felt extremely responsive. Just like all other 2018 XC60s, the T8 is only offered with an all-wheel-drive system. See the 2018 Volvo XC60 models for sale near you

Breaking Down the Trims

The XC60 T8 will be available in Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trim levels. The R-Design clearly has a sportier look over the Momentum with larger 19-inch wheels, exterior cues such as a gloss black grill and interior features like sport seats and paddle shifters. The Inscription also comes with 19-in wheels but has a more premium interior with features such as driftwood inlays and a tailored dashboard. Both the R-Design and Inscription trims come with drive mode settings that allow you to change the driving characteristics depending on your mood.

Volvo’s Bread and Butter

Now onto what has always made Volvo the standout in the industry: safety. And that has not changed with this T8 — the standard safety features on the XC60 are extraordinary. Run-off-road mitigation, lane-keeping aid, oncoming lane mitigation, driver alert control, road sign information, automatic braking after collision and collision avoidance by city safety are among the biggest.

The Numbers

The 2018 Volvo XC60 is a premium vehicle, and with the T8 being the top engine, pricing does reflect this. In fact, Volvo explained that no longer are they marketing this smaller vehicle as any less premium than their XC90. Every feature found in their bigger vehicle is available here. While the "base" T5 Momentum starts at $42,495 (including the $995 destination charge), if you opt for the T8 with all available options, you are getting into the low-$70,000 range. Having said that, the T8 qualifies for a U.S. Federal Tax Credit of $5,002, which should help make it a consideration and excuse to enjoy all of that extra power.

To gain access to this information, Autotrader attended an event sponsored by the vehicle’s manufacturer.

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