2019 Volvo XC60 T8 eAWD R-Design

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All new last year, Volvo’s XC60 now has a high-mileage version: the T8-E with all-wheel drive.

Since you can plug it in for charging if you want, it will go about 15 miles on electric power only before the gasoline engine kicks in.

Our review T8 also has the performance inspired R-Design package that includes special wheels and other upgrades. Many of those features are inside, starting with a special steering wheel and pedals. Included are the best seats I’ve tried in years: very supportive with many adjustments.

Volvo has improved its verticle touchscreen, but many of the icons are still too small to use while driving.

An eight-speed automatic is topped off by a Swedish crystal glass gear selector. Many electronic driving aids are standard on all XC60s.

Row two seats are roomy. While no row three seating is available, cargo space is quite good. Touch a button to fold row two seats. The charging cable and other small items stow underfloor.

The 2.0-liter four is turbocharged and supercharged. Coupled with an electric motor, horsepower is an impressive 400.

There is no doubt the XC60 T8 with the hybrid powertrain is fast, but when it comes to handling, it’s not so good. While the brakes regenerate electric power, it’s tough to stop smoothly and the nose dives while braking.

So, for the 2019 Volvo XC60 T8 eAWD R-Design, I say thumbs up to comfort, style and great gas mileage; thumbs down to poor brake feel.

I averaged about 39 miles per gallon. The as-reviewed sticker is $69,640.

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