Volvo V60 Polestar 2015 review

5 Feb, 2015 4:00pm Dean Gibson

The Volvo V60 Polestar is a hot estate that rivals the Audi S4 Avant - and sounds like an F-Type

Verdict

3
The Volvo V60 Polestar falls between Audi’s S4 and RS4 Avant estates. It’s loaded with kit, plus has plenty of power and unbreakable grip, while the ride is far better than in either Audi. If only the automatic gearbox was more responsive.

While Volvo boasts a strong reputation for safety, it doesn’t have the performance credentials of some of its rivals. However, the manufacturer is addressing that issue with the launch of its Polestar division – and the first model in the range is the V60 Polestar.

The estate’s body has been pumped up, and under the skin is a 345bhp transverse straight-six turbo coupled to Haldex 4WD and a six-speed Geartronic auto. It produces 500Nm of torque from 2,800rpm, and under hard acceleration delivers a scream not dissimilar to that of a Jaguar F-Type.

What’s more, this estate can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds, which means it can give plenty of racy coupés a run for their money. Unfortunately, the gearbox is a bit of a letdown; its upshifts are slow, while changing down multiple ratios is an exercise in patience.

There’s plenty of grip from the 4WD system, though, and sharp Brembo brakes deliver great stopping power. Those large 20-inch wheels look as though they should deliver a bone-jarring ride, but the standard-fit Ohlins dampers mean that while the car is stiff, the suspension is more comfortable than you’ll find in some performance models fitted with smaller rims.

A near-£50k price tag is steep, yet the V60 Polestar is loaded with gear, including sat-nav, heated leather and Alcantara sports seats and the usual raft of safety kit. Distinctive Rebel Blue paint helps to shout about its potential, too.

Disqus - noscript

... or buy a BMW 335d Xdrive Touring which is faster, has an 8 speed auto box and has emissions of 148g/km for £8k less. Wise up Volvo!

But your not getting it are you? It's an alternative..... Something diffetent ......you know .....something away from the norm!

Oh help me; for I feel I no longer live in the Uk , let alone the WIDER EU - but fecking Germany!!!

If it's not the AE - it's the sodding readers!

It's good to have alternatives but wheres the fun in being ripped off? Why cant they make a competitive product that has not only the performance to match the class leaders, but offers value for money? Look at the Vauxhall VR8, it may not be as polished as an M5 but at 20k less, it offers great value. This Volvo doesn't and therefore deserves to fail!

You mean like a footballer? Doesn't matter if the product is good or not, all he wants is to stand out from the crowd - to be an "indivijewel"! Haha you xenophobes do make me larf! I'd like to think that the majority of my fellow Brits don't have an anti German obsession, unlike many of the posters on here!

That's a laugh lolz. Anti German obsession? Have you tried reading some of the reviews on this site? The majority of the educated public just want to read unbiased reviews.

Comments come thick and fast with a huge pinch of suspicion because people are getting brassed of by Auto Motor und Sport who own AE......

C'mon get real bellend! Wake up and smell the coffee.....

It might be £8k less in basic form but match them both for spec and the 335D is a more expensive less powerful (and diesel), BMW dont offer a petrol powered alternative with 4WD..

Because tax on these is nearly 500 quid PA, in ten years (or less) time all these will be on the scrap heap which means huge depreciation. A bit like Mazda RX8s.

Diesel 335 is more powerful than the polestar. Torque matters! Petrol 335 with 4wd is only available in LHD and has an official 0-62 time of 4.8s with Auto but as BMW are very conservative with performance figures, motortrend did it in 4.4s. The wonderful thing about BMWs is that in standard RWD they drive beautifully, better than x-drive!

If money matters then you can get the Golf type R estate which is larger and has more load space and even cheaper than above.

BMW handles beautifully when road conditions are dry and flat. One inch of snow or water and you will end up with rear wheels spinning like a blender chopping the snow -- but nothing else. Why do you think most French, Italian and Japanese cars are front drive?

Key specs

  • Price: £49,775
  • Engine: 3.0-litre 6cyl turbo petrol
  • Transmission: six-speed auto, four-wheel drive (with Polestar calibration)
  • Power/torque: 345bhp
  • 0-62mph: 4.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 155mph
  • Economy/CO2: 27.7mpg/237g/km
  • On sale: Now
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