COTY 2020: Volvo S60 T8, vote for your favourite Luxury Car of the Year!
Shaun · Dec 30, 2020 09:00 AM
Back in May 2020, Volvo Malaysia launched the 2020 Volvo S60 T8 CKD, priced the same as the imported version at RM 295,888 (SST included). Features remained largely the same as well, save for a few items like the removal of 12V socket in the boot and split folding seats.
Some were expecting a drop in price but as Volvo mentioned during the launch of the CBU version, it was already priced as a locally-assembled one. And that under RM 300k, no direct rivals come close to what it has to offer. Its output figures alone are enough for the Volvo S60 T8 to get a spot in our Car of the Year shortlist.
Being a T8 model, the Volvo S60 gets a twincharged (supercharged and turbocharged) 2.0-litre engine mated to a plug-in hybrid system, allowing for a combined system output of 407 PS and 640 Nm. An 8-speed automatic handles transmission duty.
The T8 nomenclature also indicates that the Volvo S60 is an all-wheel drive model – the engine powers the front wheels, while the electric motors drive the rear wheels. 0-100 km/h sprint is claimed to be completed in 4.4 seconds.
If that’s not impressive enough, the S60 T8 is equipped with Nappa leather upholstery, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, full City Safety ADAS suite, and Pilot Assist – a level 2 semi-autonomous driving feature, the only car in its segment with this capability.
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