2019 Volvo S60 T8 hybrid verdict

The Volvo S60 T8 is a plug-in hybrid executive saloon with tiny emissions and explosive straight-line performance. So, is it the ultimate all-rounder?...

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If you have a charging point at your house or workplace, running a plug-in hybrid executive car makes a great deal of sense. No, they’re not cheap to buy, but there’s the potential to save a lot of money on fuel. And if cities in the future restrict all but electric vehicles from their centres, you’ll still have a way to drive in and out.

As for which hybrid executive car you should go for, that depends on your priorities – they all provide a slightly different experience. The Mercedes is the comfiest, while the BMW is the best at driving on electric power. And the Volvo? Well, that has explosive straight-line pace going for it.

Ultimately, though, we reckon the BMW 330e is the best all-rounder of the three – it’s still fast, manages to be just comfy enough, and has the most usable electric range.

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What Car? says

Rated 3 out of 5

Volvo S60 T8 R-Design Plus specification

Price £49,805 Engine 4cyl, 1969cc, turbo, petrol, plus electric motor Power 388bhp @ 6000rpm Torque 295lb ft @2200-4800rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-62mph 4.6sec Top speed 146mph Fuel economy 122.8mpg (WLTP combined) CO2, tax band 42g/km, 16% (WLTP)

Rivals BMW 330e, Mercedes C300de

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