Volvo introduces S60 Recharge plug-in hybrid


Great performance and fuel economy

ROSEVILLE, CALIFORNIA – Despite debuting more than two decades ago, the Volvo S60 never found a niche and was lost among more compact luxury sedans.

In 2021, S60 sales fell to 10,550. And that was far from the bottom. The official number for 2022 is likely to be just under 6,000, less than a sixth of the S60s sold in 2002, its highest ever.

Needing a boost for its entry-level luxury sedan, the Swedish automaker is adding the new sedan 2023 VolFiftho Recharge your S60A plug-in hybrid with great performance and fuel economy.

Several years ago, Volvo decided to assign a name to its range of electric vehicles, marking any plug-in hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or all-electric vehicles with the recharging label. Recharging vehicles In Volvo-talk, you’ll benefit from a more powerful electric motor and a larger battery pack. The recharge sign appears on all of its hybrid or electric vehicles.

Ambitious plans, 8 models

Volvo has ambitious plans to electrify its brand. In 2020, the company stated that it would launch an electric vehicle every year with the goal of reaching 50 percent of its global sales by 2025. It currently offers Recharge models in eight vehicles – C40, XC40, XC60, XC90, S60, S90, V60, and V90.

All versions of the Volvo S60 have received minor changes in their interior and exterior design. Overall, the S60 is a stylish sedan that offers a fun driving experience, but it’s not quite as good as many of its pricier sportier competitors.

In electric mode, the S60 Recharge will go 41 miles before switching to the gas-powered engine. The 14.9 kWh battery can be recharged in about four hours using a 240-volt outlet and about nine hours using a standard 120-volt household outlet. The plug-in hybrid gets the equivalent of 74 mpg in EV mode and 30 mpg when running on gas.

full of performance

What will catch the attention of potential buyers of the S60 Recharge PHEV are the company’s claims that it’s the most high-performance Volvo ever. Pressing hard on the accelerator pedal might make drivers wonder if this is really a Volvo, which has never been known for producing high-speed cars.

The all-wheel-drive Recharge PHEV has a single electric motor and a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four motors that collectively generate 455 horsepower and 523 pound-feet of torque. The engine generates 312 horsepower and 143 horsepower from the rear-mounted electric motor. The combination results in sports car-like acceleration, traveling from 0 to 60 in 4.1 seconds.

The S60 Recharge is offered in four models (Core, Plus, Ultimate, and Polestar Engineered), providing a smooth and comfortable ride. It sure is a fun factor, cornering with precision and providing sharp control on challenging and curvy roads.

Standard driver-assistance safety features include forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, pedestrian, cyclist, large animal detection, traffic sign recognition, rain-sensing windshield wipers, instrument rear parking sensor.

Inside S60 Recharge

Volvo S60 recharge from the inside

The S60 Recharge offers a luxurious, modern, well-built interior and mostly uses high-quality materials that include a gorgeous frosted shift knob. All S60 versions get a standard panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control with air purifier, leather seats, a Harman Kardons sound system, a 9-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and voice recognition.

The S60 also comes with a new Google-based infotainment system that includes Google Assistant for voice recognition and Google Maps navigation.

All five occupants will be comfortable in both rows, with leg and headroom being solid, even for taller people. The downside to the interior is a small 11.6-cubic-foot trunk. The rear seats fold down to provide ample storage space.

Thanks to the 2023 Volvo S60 Recharge Hybrid, sales could get a much-needed boost this year. The compact luxury sedan is very fast, has good fuel economy, and has plenty of the safety features one would expect with a Volvo.


  • Performance: Electric motor, turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 455 hp
  • Mileage estimate: 74 mpge
  • Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles; Drivetrain: 4 years/50,000 miles; Roadside assistance: 4 years / unlimited; Corrosion: 12 years / unlimited; Hybrid electric system: 8 years, 100,000 miles
  • Estimated price: $51,300 to $57,950

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