Published on April 6th, 2018 | by Subhash Nair


The Volvo XC60 T8 Inscription Plus is as Good as Premium Gets

How much money do you need to have everything you could ask for in a car? 400,000 ringgit? 500? 6? Well, it does depend on what you’re looking for. But if you’re just running down a checklist of things that cars can have, then the magic number is RM343,888. For that amount of money, you can put the new Volvo XC60 T8 in your garage. What’s more, this price tag brings with it the Inscription Plus trim package.


In front, there’s a 2-litre engine with both a supercharger and a turbocharger. This ensures no lag in power delivery. 320hp and 400Nm of torque. Those are pretty huge numbers to deal with, but there’s more. Centrally located is a 10,400kWh lithium ion battery sending 87hp and 240Nm of torque to rear mounted electric motors. This is more than enough power.

But it’s not all about power. If you drive this thing at a reasonable pace, 45km of your journey can be done on nothing but electricity. This brings the average fuel economy rating down to 2.1L per 100km. That’s better than just about any other SUV, and even more of a feat when yo consider the fact that this weighs 2151kg!

To round it all off, you can get an imported version for a little more money and that will give you air suspension. This makes it a dream and a half to drive around. You’re practically riding around on a cloud until you switch into Performance mode and things stiffen up and lower down.


Adaptive LED projectors with Auto High Beam. Volvo’s City Safety and semi-autonomous Pilot Assist features. A 1,100W Bowers & Wilkins 9-speaker audio system.

A panoramic roof. Orefors crystal gear selector.

The list goes on, but we can assure you, every box is ticked and there’s really nothing more you could ask for. There’s nothing more of substance that the competitors can give.


Look for yourself:

Yes, RM344K is a LOT of money. But we think the XC60 T8 Inscription Plus blows the premium segment out of the water

Volvo XC60 T8 Inscription Plus Specifications

Engine: Inline 4, turbocharged, supercharged + Electric Motor
Capacity: 1969cc
Gearbox: 8-speed conventional automatic
Max power: 320bhp @ 5700rpm + 87hp electric
Max torque: 400Nm @ 2200Nm + 240Nm electric
Top Speed: 230km/h
0-100 km/h: 5.3 secs

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