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2022 Volvo S60 Recharge Review: Mean Green Performance Machine

by Aiden Eksteen

Called the Recharge, the Volvo S60 Hybrid is the brand's premium mid-size sedan offering for the US market. Although it's not quite as thrilling as some of its rivals, the Recharge still has some spice to plate up. Equipped with a turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with electric motors, standard models make 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft, but an extended-range powertrain ups these figures to 455 hp and 523 lb-ft. The Polestar Engineered version is also available with 415 hp, but in all versions, outputs are sent to all four wheels. The S60 Recharge may be a plug-in hybrid, but it's not short on performance, with enough in reserve to challenge rivals that have sportier personas. Volvo targets rivals like the BMW 3 Series Hybrid. with a strong blend of refinement, luxury, and speed that makes the S60 Recharge stand out as one of the best hybrid sedans on the market.

Read in this review:

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2022 Volvo S60 Recharge Hybrid Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the Difference vs the 2021 Volvo S60 Recharge?

For 2022, the lineup is reshuffled and features are tweaked. The base Recharge R-Design Expression trim receives the R-Design bumpers, grille, and window surrounds but loses the front fog lights and electrically operated rear child locks. The rest of the Recharge lineup gains wireless device charging. All trims lose the compass that used to be built into the rear-view mirror. Volvo has now standardized a leather-free material with which to trim the steering wheel, and the leather-trimmed key fob is also no longer available. Bursting Blue is dropped from the paint palette and is replaced by a new Thunder Grey paint finish. And, if you tick the box for the Advance package, it now includes a better cabin air-filtration system.

The big news comes with the mid-year addition of the new T8 Extended Range powertrain, which switches out the standard battery for a larger unit and ups the rear electric motor's power - the result is improved fuel economy and range, and higher outputs of 455 hp and 523 lb-ft.

Finally, a limited-number R-Design Black Edition will be introduced in the Spring, sporting exclusive gloss black 19-inch wheels, standard metallic paint in two colors, and high gloss black grille, badging and window trim.

Pros and Cons

  • Exhilarating off-the-line acceleration
  • Great ride quality
  • Class-leading crash and safety reviews
  • Brilliant surround sound systems
  • Extensive selection of optional specs
  • Improved all-electric range on Extended Range models
  • Exterior appearance seems a little ordinary
  • Unimpressive all-electric driving range
  • Relatively small trunk
  • Subpar reliability rating

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2022 Volvo S60 Recharge Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
T8 R-Design Expression Plug-In Hybrid
2.0L Twincharged Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$47,650
T8 R-Design Expression Extended Range Plug-In Hybrid
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$47,650
T8 Inscription Extended Range Plug-In Hybrid
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$50,650
T8 R-Design Extended Range Plug-In Hybrid
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$50,650
T8 R-Design Plug-In Hybrid
2.0L Twincharged Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$50,650

S60 Recharge Exterior

2022 Volvo S60 Recharge Front View Driving Volvo
2022 Volvo S60 Recharge Rear View Driving Volvo
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Dimensions

  • Length 187.4 in
  • Wheelbase 113.1 in
  • Height 56.3 in
  • Max Width 72.8 in
  • Front Width 63.0 in
  • Rear Width 63.0 in
  • Curb Weight 4,447.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Black Stone
  • Crystal White Metallic
  • Bright Silver Metallic
  • Pine Grey Metallic
  • Birch Light Metallic
  • Fusion Red Metallic
  • Thunder Grey Metallic
  • Denim Blue Metallic
  • Onyx Black Metallic

S60 Recharge Performance

2022 Volvo S60 Recharge Front View Driving 1 Volvo
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2022 Volvo S60 Recharge Front Wheel Volvo

Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid, 2.0L Twincharged, 2.0L Twincharged Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

S60 Recharge Interior

2022 Volvo S60 Recharge Driver Area Volvo
2022 Volvo S60 Recharge Infotainment System
2022 Volvo S60 Recharge Gearbox Controls Volvo
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Seating and Interior Space

  • Front Leg Room 42.3 in
  • Front Head Room 37.4 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.2 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.2 in

S60 Recharge Trunk and Cargo Space

2022 Volvo S60 Recharge Dashboard
2022 Volvo S60 Recharge Front Seats
2022 Volvo S60 Recharge Side View Volvo
  • Trunk Volume
    11.6 ft³

S60 Recharge Safety

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2022 Volvo S60 Recharge Hybrid a Good Car?

After a review of the Volvo S60 Recharge Hybrid, we're even more convinced that the reputation the sedan has gained is justified. As a refined, luxurious cruiser, it succeeds, and with the new Extended Range options, it's even better as a hybrid. In this format, you get up to 41 miles of range on electric propulsion, and a combined 74 MPGe rating is up from the 69 MPGe on the regular version. The 0 to 60 mph sprint was already impressive at just over 4.1 seconds in the 415-hp Polestar Engineered version, and with the new setup, you can expect even more thrills.

Despite the added weight of the hybrid components, it's still a highly composed sedan that takes corners with confidence. Add to that an electric-only top speed of 78 mph, and it's pretty versatile, too. With high safety ratings, it's an ideal family vehicle. Despite a very modest appearance, the interior is as opulent as can be, packed with luxuries and conveniences, high-quality materials, and the latest tech. Although it has smaller trunk dimensions than the segment average, this car is great value for money.

๐Ÿš˜What's the Price of the 2022 Volvo S60 Recharge Hybrid Sedan?

The base price of the Volvo S60 hybrid is cheaper than last year, thanks to the introduction of a new entry-spec trim. The R-Design Expression has a starting cost of $47,650, with the standard R-Design priced at $3,000 more. This $50,650 price tag also applies to the more elegant Inscription trim. The special R-Design Black Edition goes for $52,000. For the ultimate in performance and the full spectrum of advanced features and upgrades, $64,800 will get you the Polestar Engineered.

These prices exclude the $1,045 destination fee and potential federal tax rebates.

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