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Living With The Powerful Volvo V60 Polestar

We tested the Volvo V60 Polestar for one week and without a doubt I really enjoyed every single minute of it. Here are a few things I loved about my time with the car.

Exhaust Sound

I was 100% blown away by the exhaust sound of the Volvo V60 Polestar. Looking closely at the car you will see two huge tailpipes hanging out the back. Each of these tailpipes have Polestar written on top giving you a bit of a clue that they might make a bit of noise. Turning the car on is not too loud… But the moment you put the car into Sport mode – boom, the exhaust note changes and your smile stretches ear to ear.

The exhaust note is up there with some of the best sounds you will hear from any car. Take a look at the video below and have a listen for yourself.


We knew that the Volvo V60 Polestar was going to be fast, but we didn’t expect it to be this fast. The power from the 3 litre straight six was incredible. Being all wheel drive the power goes down to all four wheels of the car. There is a huge amount of mechanical grip and it was very difficult to make this car slip out of control, even in the wet.

The car has a launch control mode, meaning that I could get the car off the line ridiculously fast, with zero drama. Then once you hit the redline, the auto gearbox would shift me instantly to the next gear to continue on hammering the car forward. The performance was very exhilarating, perfect for both professional drivers and even people with no experience because of its safe grip levels.

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A Big Set of Brakes

The Polestar comes with a big set of brakes that are nicely on display with those 20 inch alloy wheels. You can tell when a performance car should be taken seriously by the investment in braking equipment. The V60 Polestar’s brakes work incredibly well to get it to a steady stop as fast as possible. The brakes were that good that they really push the tyres to the limit!

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It’s a True Sleeper

To most people the Volvo V60 Polestar will go completely under the radar, it looks like a regular estate with a few styling improvements. But underneath the bonnet is some extreme power that is track ready.

I love the styling of this car and when you look at the details there is a lot to like. First those 20 inch alloy wheels are the perfect match for the car. Next, at the front of the car, you will notice the lower splitters that have been added to either corner giving the car a lower look.

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At the back the car has a race car-like rear diffuser that channels the air as it comes out from under the car. This diffuser sits between two huge exhaust pipes. So the car does have a very sporty look, if you are looking for it.

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No Compromise in Practicalities

Don’t forget this car is still just a Volvo V60 that has had the power boosted a bit. The car still gets all the benefits of being a highly practical, good-size estate car.

The interior tweaks on the car are nothing more than a bit of blue stitching and couple of Polestar badges. But the interior of the V60 is great anyway.

The car still comes with the perfect radar guided cruise control, premium sound system, blind spot awareness system, lane assist and all the additional safety systems you can expect from a Volvo.

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A Look Behind the Scenes

If you are interested to see how we conduct a photo/video shoots of the car, take a look at the below video to give you a brief insight.

It’s a Rare Car

There will only ever be 125 of these cars on the road in the UK. So chances are that you may never see one at all. But you do pay for that exclusiveness with the car costing you around £50,000. You do start to wonder how else you could spend £50,000 to get more performance for your money, but the Polestar does have a solid experience to bring to the table and I’m sure there are 125 die hard Volvo enthusiasts in the UK that will lap this car up.

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Supplied by: Volvo

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