Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar: Test Drive
In this test drive I drive a very special Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar. Why so special? Part of the comfort that distinguishes the brand is sacrificed in favor of an almost unexpected sporting streak.
Polestar's customizations have involved the whole car, from the interior to the exterior, passing through the mechanics that make it truly performing. Such a chameleon-worthy car deserves a test as varied as possible, and it did!
As soon as I got in, I felt like I was back in the living room at home, Volvo got used to really high standards. A triumph of leather, armchairs rather than seats, top finishes and high-level materials. I notice with great pleasure a very diffused light in the passenger compartment, thanks to the immense panoramic glass roof. Polestar, however, took his time to make this XC60 a little sportier even inside, with yellow safety belts that contrast with totally black interiors have ans effect that I really appreciated.
After pausing to appreciate the interior, the time has come to get it started. The car's power train is the tried and tested T8, a plug-in hybrid made really well. The front axle is connected to a 2.0L petrol engine of about 300 horsepower, combined with the 8-speed Geartronic gearbox optimized by Polestar. On the rear there is an electric motor powered by an 11kw battery pack which can be recharged in a few hours also from a household socket. With the fully charged accumulator you can travel about 40km with zero emissions and in total silence, just enough to reach the workplace or a mountain road on which to unleash the 420 horses of this wolf in sheep’s clothing.
I set the "Polestar Engineered" mode and the fun begins. It is immediately clear that it is a car that on the whole is more rigid than its standard counterpart, thanks to the Öhlins suspension and the adjustable dome bar.
The tires complete the rim: they are mounted on beautiful 21-inch wheels, exclusive to the set-up, and have a truly reduced shoulder. With similar power and a fairly important weight, there is a need for suitable brakes, and of course Polestar has also thought of this. An Akebono brake system peeks out from the rims with a beautiful yellow caliper that bites the front discs which, for the occasion, have been increased.
Akebono brake system
During the journey we come across an unpaved road and obviously the thought goes right there, we have an SUV, we have all-wheel drive, why not? Volvo XC60 does not disappoint even in this respect, by setting the Off Road mode the electronics put the car in the best conditions to deal with difficult conditions and thus we are able to face any obstacle in ease and comfort.
It starts to get dark and it's time to go home, under the Hybrid mode and leave it all up to her. I immediately feel safe, thanks to a truly effective lighting given by the LED matrix headlights. During the return trip I decide to listen to some music and with pleasure I discover that the XC60 Polestar Engineered offers the Harman Kardon audio system as standard, the already tested Bowers & Wilkins is available as an accessory, but I must say that this also really feels very well. The ADAS remain the same as the civil version of the XC60, they are perfectly calibrated and the Pilot Assist is a true ally on longer trips.
We got home, we put it in charge and draw conclusions on a car that I really liked. The price starts from The price starts from 85300 euros, to which must be added around 700 euros for 360 degree cameras and around 1800 for Pilot Assist. Consumption, related to performance, is very low; with a quiet guide you can stay around 7 liters per 100km in a mixed route, while in the city you get closer to 11 liters per 100km.
THE wolf in sheep’s clothing.