The T8 combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine which is both supercharged and turbocharged with an electric motor and batteries. Together, you get 390bhp which is enough to send the big Volvo from 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds, though the top speed is limited to 112mph in order to meet emissions regulations. That’s plenty enough for the UK, though, as it’s substantially greater than our national speed limits. With the battery pack depleted, the twin charging system for the engine means that even with a fairly low capacity, it’s a lively thing.
The T8 is a superb all-rounder; around town it’s quiet and refined as a result of the electrified powertrain, while on the motorway it settles down to a hushed cruise.
The steering is relatively lifeless, but the ride quality is excellent and the driving position both commanding and exceptionally comfortable. It has a real feel-good factor about it, too – from the clinical interior styling to the cosseting ride, it feels more like a luxury saloon than an SUV.