Ratings: 2020 Volvo S60 T8 R-Design - The best sports sedan in class
Arif · Mar 13, 2021 10:40 AM
Having tested the Volvo S60 T8 R-Design last year, we have to say, we were quite impressed. The Volvo outperformed segment rivals like the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3-Series when it came to ride comfort and luxury features.
Well, now it is time to see how the Volvo S60 scores in our WapCar Ratings.
2020 Volvo S60 T8 R-Design: Driving Performance - 37/50 pts, More than enough power
2020 Volvo S60 T8 R-Design - Facts and Figures
2.0-litre 4-cyl supercharged and turbocharged with hybrid system
2020 Volvo S60 T8 R-Design: Ride Comfort - 39.5/50 pts, Best in class
Having driven the Volvo S60 back-to-back with a German rival, it is obvious that the Volvo S60 excels in comfort. The seats are probably the best in class, complementing the already comfortable suspension setup.
The lumbar support is excellent and the front seats provide a snug fit.
Rear passengers have not been ignored, as the S60 provides excellent seats in the second row too. You'd have no problem doing long-distance driving with the S60.
For cabin noise, S60 excels in hybrid mode. With the engine working at higher speeds, its cabin noise levels are pretty average in its class with a 68 dB reading at 110 km/h.
2020 Volvo S60 T8 R-Design - Noise Level
At lower speeds of 60 km/h and 90 km/h, the Volvo S60 is quieter than its rivals.
The engine is refined, although you do get to hear the occasional supercharger whine.
The S60 loses points in practicality too as the version that we get here in Malaysia does not come with foldable rear seats. What it only has instead is a "ski hatch" that can be used to haul long but narrow items.
Elsewhere, you can option the Volvo S60 to be equipped with a spare wheel at the expense of a higher boot floor. The Malaysian-spec comes with a tyre repair kit only.
Storage space is almost non-existent in the centre console since that is where the hybrid battery is. The door bins are small and the glovebox is only of average size.
2020 Volvo S60 T8 R-Design - Interior Space Breakdown
8 / 10
9 / 10
0 / 5
2 / 5
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2 / 5
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2 / 5
28 / 50 pts
2020 Volvo S60 T8 R-Design: Fuel Consumption – 18.5/20 pts, The hybrid system helps
Travelling for 168 km, starting at around 50% charge, and driving in hybrid mode, an average fuel consumption of 5.9 l/100km was recorded.
The claimed 2 l/100km fuel consumption is almost achievable with an initial battery charge of 100%.
The 11.6 kWh hybrid battery has a 49 km pure electric range (ideal conditions). At its maximum charging rate (3.7 kw), 3 hours is needed for a full charge. With the standard 3-pin plug at home, about 5 hours is needed for a full charge.
If you have the convenience of "destination chargers" in your short daily commute (less than 49 km), running entirely on electricity is virtually possible.
2020 Volvo S60 T8 R-Design - Fuel Consumption Test Breakdown
14 / 15
2 / 2
2.5 / 3
18.5 / 20 pts
2020 Volvo S60 T8 R-Design: Purchase and Cost – 25/30, good value for money
The Volvo S60 T8's price starts at RM 282,540, much lower than the BMW M340i xDrive at RM 389,234 and Mercedes-AMG C43 at RM 401,115.
*OTR price without SST
The given warranty is of 5 years/120,000 km mileage.
Overall, the Volvo S60 is an excellent luxury car with the performance and features to back it up. While other marques have sacrificed their ride comfort, the Volvo has not. The seats are great, complementing the comfortable suspension setup.
The hybrid system not only reduces fuel consumption, it also gives ample boost to the driving experience.
What the Volvo S60 lacks is practicality and storage space as seen at the centre console and the rear seats that don't fold. There's really not much else to complain about it.
The Volvo S60 is the highest scoring compact executive saloon in our books for the time being with a total score of 192/250 points with its key strengths being the excellent ride comfort and value proposition.
Previously an engineer in an automotive manufacturing company and a highway concessionaire. A part-time research student on biofuels and diesel engines. Obsessed with vehicle electrification and the future of transportation.