2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Inscription: Charged Every Which Way [Video Review]

Volvo’s new XC60 offers up a turbocharged and supercharged plug-in hybrid: Meet the 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Inscription.

Debuting at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the 2018 Volvo XC60 now joins the S90 and XC90 on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture. It also shares the twincharged I-4 engine from those cars. With turbocharging, supercharging, and an electric motor, the 400 horsepower top-spec XC60 T8 Inscription promises a fair amount of grunt. On twisting forest roads in northern Oregon, TFL’s Roman Mica reports on the latest generation of Volvo’s best-selling car. Check out the video above for his impressions, and subscribe to TFLcar on YouTube for more news and real-world reviews.

Highlights of the new XC60:

  • All trim levels (Momentum, R-Design, Inscription) come with the same 2.0-liter inline-4 cylinder, in various states of tune; all run on 91+ octane premium fuel
  • The T5 model is turbocharged only
  • The T6 and T8 models are supercharged and turbocharged
  • The T8 model is hybrid-only, while the T5 and T6 are gasoline-only
  • Pricing starts from $41,500 for the T5 Momentum to $56,700 for the T8 Inscription

Price and Performance:

T5 AWD T6 AWD T8 AWD Hybrid
Base Price:
From $41,500 From $44,900 From $52,900
Engine: 2.0L I4, turbocharged 2.0L I4, turbocharged and supercharged 2.0L I4, turbocharged and supercharged with Hybrid drive
Horsepower: 250hp @ 5,500 RPM 316hp @ 5,700 RPM 313hp@ 5,700 RPM +
87hp electric motor (400hp)
Torque: 258 ft. lb. @ 1,500-4,800 RPM 295 ft. lb. @ 2,200-5,400 RPM 295 ft. lb. @ 2,200 – 5,400 RPM +
177 ft. lb. electric motor (472 ft. lb.)
Transmission: 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
0 – 60 Acceleration: 6.4 seconds 5.6 seconds 4.9 seconds
 Top Speed: 130 MPH 130 MPH 130 MPH
Fuel Economy (Combined/City/Hwy): 24/22/28 MPG 23/21/27 MPG 26/26/28 MPG
Gasoline + electric: 59 MPGe
Electric only: 18 miles

Dimensions (All Models):

  • Length: 184.6 inches
  • Width: 83.3 inches (including mirrors)
  • Height: 65.3 inches
  • Wheelbase: 112.8 inches
  • Ground Clearance: 8.5 inches
  • EPA Passenger Volume: 102.9 cubic feet
  • EPA Cargo Volume: 29.7 cubic feet
  • Curb Weight: 3,922 – 4,822 pounds, depending on model