2017 Volvo V60 Polestar Review: The complete package

– Detroit, Michigan

There aren’t really any fast wagons anymore – in the U.S., anyway. For the kind of power and space offered by this Volvo V60 Polestar, you have to look at a more conventional Audi SQ5, or an outrageously ugly and stupid BMW X4 M40i. A Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon is way more powerful and way more expensive. A BMW 3 Series Wagon can’t match it on performance. That really puts this V60 Polestar in a class of one – a bright blue, Swedish, totally-freaking-cool segment all by itself.

Only 1,500 S60 and V60 Polestar models will be sold worldwide, and a new powertrain makes this updated version even more powerful than the first one. This is one incredibly special machine, though, at $62,595, it’s also $26,000 more expensive than a base V60. Get ‘em while they’re hot.

 

 

Pros

Little engine, huge output. The first run of S60 and V60 Polestars used a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with 345 horsepower. For this second round, Volvo employs one of its new Drive-E engines: a 2.0-liter inline-four with both a turbocharger and a supercharger, both turned up to 11, to produce a massive 362 hp and 347 pound-feet of torque. That’s 181 hp per liter of displacement – higher specific output than a McLaren 675LT.

Grip and poise. Mother Nature threw me a bone and raised the temperatures into the 60s (Fahrenheit) during my February weekend with the V60, giving the sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires a chance to actually cling to warm pavement. With all-wheel drive and ...