You'll have expected there to be a price to pay to add in sophisticated plug-in tech to the S60, but you might not have expected it to take the price of this Volvo right up into the £45,000 bracket. But that's the reality here. This is the cost of the T8 R-Design version of this Recharge model with its 303hp engine. You'll need more like £50,000 for the Polestar Engineered version which has an uprated 318hp version of the same 2.0-litre unit. To give you some market perspective, this S60 Recharge model's closest two rivals, the BMW 330e and the Mercedes C 300 e EQ Power, cost from around £40,000 but those models are slightly less powerful. At least every version of this S60 PHEV is very well equipped. As standard, the 'R-Design' variant comes with leather-faced upholstery, LED headlights with active high beam, two-zone climate control with a 'CleanZone' air-filtration system, heated front seats, a powered tailgate and alloy wheels of at least 18-inches in size.
Volvo's Sensus infotainment system is also standard. This brings a 9" portrait-style touch screen, satellite navigation and an intuitive voice-activation system. It also provides access to the internet and a range of cloud-based apps such as Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher and Yelp. Volvo's City Safety system is fitted to every S60. This includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, and the world-first application of Steer Assist. This feature helps to avoid or limit the severity of collisions at low speeds by assisting with the steering in an emergency, such as when swerving to miss an obstacle. There's also Pilot Assist, Volvo's innovative semi-autonomous drive feature. This assists with the steering (up to 80mph) and takes care of the acceleration and braking required to keep the car within lane markings and at the desired cruising speed or distance from any vehicle in front.