2020 Volvo T8 Review

2020 Volvo T8 - The 2020 Volvo S60 T8 E-AWD Inscription is Volvo’s answer to luxury sports sedans


2020 Volvo S60 T8 E-AWD Inscription

Price: $55,400

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.

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Dan Jedlicka joined the Chicago Sun-Times in February 1968 as a business news reporter and was named auto editor later that year. He has reviewed more than 4,000 new vehicles for the Sun-Times--far more than any newspaper auto writer in the country. Jedlicka also reviewed vehicles for Microsoft Corp.'s MSN Autos Internet site from January, 1996, to June, 2008.

Jedlicka remained auto editor at the Sun-Times until October, 2008, and continued writing for the newspaper's AutoTimes section, which he started in 1992, until February, 2009. While continuing his auto writings at the Sun-Times, he served as assistant financial editor of that newspaper from 1970 to 1973, when he began his automotive column.

He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including NBC's "Today," ABC's "20/20" and "The CBS Evening News." He was a host, consultant and writer for Fox-TV Channel 32's 1991 New Car Preview show and that Chicago-based station's 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995 Chicago Auto Show Previews.

Jedlicka's auto articles have been printed in national magazines, including Esquire and Harper's. His auto columns have been reprinted in U.S. government publications and economic textbooks and he is profiled in the "World's Greatest Auto Show" history book about the Chicago Auto Show. In late 1975, Jedlicka was host and technical advisor for three one-hour television specials, "Auto Test 76," which aired nationally on PBS and were the first nationally televised auto road test shows.

In 1995, Jedlicka was the recipient of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Inc.'s Consumer Education Award, given annually to a person who has gained distinction in the field of consumer education. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Media category and inducted into the Legends of Motorsports Guild at the Carquest World of wheels custom car show in Chicago in January, 2006.

Jedlicka was a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year jury, composed of a select number of auto journalists from throughout the country, from 1995 until 2009. From 2010 to 2012, he was a member of Consumer Digest magazine's auto experts panel that gave Best Buy new vehicle recommendations.

He is a 1987 graduate of the Bob Bondurant Race Drivers School and later of the BMW "M" and Skip Barber Advanced Driving schools. He was a member of the U.S. team that participated in the 1987 1,000-mile Mille Miglia race/rally in Italy and has been a race winner at the Chicago area's Santa Fe Speedway.

Jedlicka has owned 25 classic cars, including 1950s and 1960s Ferraris and 1950s and 1960s Porsches, a 1965 Corvette, a 1967 Maserati and a 1957 Studebaker supercharged Golden Hawk. Jedlicka resides with his wife, Suzanne, in the Frank Lloyd Wright historic district of Oak Park. They have two children, James and Michele.

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