2020 Volvo S60 T8 E-AWD Inscription
Pros—Sleek look. Roomy. Luxurious interior. Fast. Good handling. Smooth ride. All-wheel drive. Safety features.
Cons—Brake pedal action not linear. Unintuitive infotainment system.
Bottom Line—Generally outstanding fast, luxurious sedan.
The luxurious 2020 Volvo S60 T8 E-AWD Inscription could be a substitute for costlier sports sedans.
The 2020 model has few changes from the 2019 version. They include a new digital instrument display, new steering assist, new reverse automatic emergency braking, along with more standard features and new options. The base price of my test 2020 S60 T8 E-AWD Inscription was $55,400, but options bumped the price to $64,190.
The Inscription sedan looks sleek with a low-slung stance and has a luxurious cabin with great attention to detail. Besides the expected leather upholstery and excellent standard and optional sound systems, there are dashboard-area driftwood inlays and even jeweled switch gear
Features such as 4-zone automatic climate control, supportive seats and a super-quiet interior help make this a good long-distance cruiser.There are two USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. There also are heated front seats and available heated rear seats.
However, the infotainment system was unintuitive and drew my eyes from the road too much. The start-stop engine console control was a little awkward to use and made me wish for just a start-stop dashboard button.
My test Inscription had two second-row captain’s chairs. Thus, there was no usable room in the middle seat area but plenty of room for two to stretch out back there. The trunk below the automatic-open trunk lid is fairly large, although a little shallow, and second-row setbacks flip forward to greatly enlarge the cargo area.
The Inscription is a plug-in hybrid. It goes like the blazes with a supercharged and turbocharged engine, along with an electric motor. _An enlarged battery pack enables up to a claimed 22 miles of pure electric driving.
The whole setup is good for 400 horsepower and 472 pound/feet of torque. The supercharger covers any turbo lag, and the 0-60 time is said to be only 4.3 seconds. The 8-speed automatic transmission is responsive and can be shifted manually.
The ride is supple, and doesn’t get too firm when switched from Normal to Sport mode. The quick steering is a little heavy, and there’s a bit of body lean when sweeping through curves at above-average speeds in either Normal or Sport mode, despite a well-designed suspension and standard all-wheel drive.
Regenerative braking causes the brake pedal to have a nonlinear action that takes some getting used to.
If nothing else, Volvo is traditionally known for its safety features. My test Inscription thus had (some optional) forward collision emergency braking, lane-departure and lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic assist, front-rear parking assist sensors, blind spot monitoring, pedestrian protection, traffic sign recognition, rearview camera and a 360-degree camera system.
So does the S60 T8 E-AWD Inscription sound like a genuine sports sedan? I’d say mostly yes, but Volvos long have had a singular nature. It thus can be argued that this car is is a little less athletic than rivals.