A Volvo Estate has always been the go-to car for someone wanting a practical, roomy vehicle. But in the last few years the Swedish company has gone from safe and plain to having one of the most stylish car ranges in the world. The exteriors are sleek and understated, yet put them in a sportier spec and the big wheels and aggressive front end shows that you mean business. The interiors are really where they come into their own, using the Swedish minimalistic approach to design as they now have grouped most of the controls onto their huge portrait touch screen in the centre console. In fact there are only a few remaining buttons around the dashboard making it a very cool place to sit. But this week is pace and space, so does the V60 deliver? Yes, and then some!
This is the ‘Polestar Engineered’ model and uses a tweaked version of the T8 Twin Engine hybrid drivetrain, meaning there’s a 2.0 litre petrol engine (which has a turbo AND a supercharger) combined with electric motors to give 409bhp and 670Nm of torque (that’s 13bhp and 30Nm than the regular T8 models). Unsurprisingly this gives some serious performance with 0-62mph taking just 4.5 seconds on the way to the limited 155mph top speed. But as this is a hybrid you also get 104.5mpg and just 48g/km of CO2. The styling gets a boost with the more aggressive front end and lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch optional) and the handling gets improvements thanks to Öhlins shock absorbers for the multi-link front and rear suspension from the Polestar 1. Gold-calipered Brembo brakes help bring this estate to a stop as well, so you can bet that this V60 is a rapid device cross country. Mighty impressive stuff from the Swedes!
|Engine / Cylsi4 Turbo||Power409bhp|
|Engine PositionFront||Top Speed155mph|
|MPG104.5 mpg||Retail Price£57,205|
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