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Volvo V60 Polestar review

If ever there was a car that will become a future classic, it’s the Volvo V60 Polestar.

The standard V60 is good in itself, but once Polestar – a Swedish tuning company now 100% owned by Volvo – got their hands on it… it became a car transformed.

And it’s not just collectable because only 125 examples have been made for the UK – it’s a fantastic car.

Volvo V60 Polestar

Mine came in the signature colour of Polestar – Rebel Blue – which alone sets it apart from a regular V60.

However, Polestar have also stuck a potent six-cylinder 3-litre petrol engine under the bonnet, distributed the 345bhp to all four 20-inch alloys via a Haldex all-wheel drive system, tweaked the suspension and given it some subtle bodywork tweaks. It also stops very quickly, thanks to high-performance Brembo brakes.

The result is a sensational car which not only sounds awesome, but drives exceptionally well too.

Volvo V60 Polestar

Add to that a classy, high spec interior package with supportive, comfortable, leather sports seats and you’re left with one of the best load-luggers on the road.

Now that’s saying something because hot estates are all the rage – VW, Audi, Mercedes and BMW know a thing or two about this sector.

But if you’re looking for a medium-sized sports estate that isn’t German with far more exclusivity, then Volvo’s V60 Polestar could be right up your street.

Volvo V60 Polestar

It’s not cheap, starting at just under £50,000 (£49,785), but there’s everything you’d expect from a Volvo in terms of quality, comfort and safety.

Nor it is the most spacious – rear seat passengers are slightly compromised when it comes to headroom and legroom, while the boot is a reasonable 430 litres, rising to 1,241 with the rear seats down.

And it’s best not to talk about its green credentials either – with CO2 emissions at 237g/km and a claimed 27.7mpg, which is closer to 20mpg during spirited driving. There’s even a noticeable amount of road noise in the cabin.

Volvo V60 Polestar

But here’s the thing. Despite all that, the Volvo V60 Polestar is a very special car that puts a huge smile on your face.

Capable of 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155mph, it’s hugely entertaining to drive and that deep exhaust roar is something else. Slip the lever for the six-speed automatic into Sport mode and it’s very un-Volvo-like aggression is even more apparent in the most intoxicating way.

The ride is a little firm for some, but the handling and grip is sublime, making it a deliciously entertaining drive.

Volvo V60 Polestar

Good looking, classy, spacious and exhilarating, the Volvo V60 Polestar offers supercar performance and exclusivity without the impracticality and exhibitionism.

Review: @garethherincx

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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