Polestar will only sell electric cars moving forward. Volvo’s performance brand will kick its powerful Swedish gas powertrains to the curb in favor of batteries and instant torque. That means the V60 Polestar currently on sale will end an era for the brand. It’s dated and struggles to compete with the German competition when it comes to technology and interior design. However, from a performance standpoint, there’s a lot to love about this dynamic station wagon. Here are some reasons why you should buy one of the last of the V60 Polestars before it's too late.
362 Strong Swedish Horses
With some production cars making more than 800 hp, a mere 362 ponies might not seem like much, but that doesn’t stop the somewhat dated V60 Polestar from doing a 0-60 mph sprint in a sprightly 4.4-seconds. The supercharged and turbocharged Volvo Drive-E four-cylinder engine’s 362 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque are more than enough to have you smiling like a goofball as you drive off with a car full of Ikea furniture.
Another good part about Volvo’s current power plant is that it won't suck down gasoline as fast as some larger displacement engines out there. It does a good job being fairly fuel thrifty, managing 23 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, according to EPA estimates. That's better than some high-powered sports cars.
More Than Just Powerful
If you were only worried about horsepower, we’d suggest a different vehicle. You don’t buy a V60 Polestar just because it goes super-fast in a straight line. You buy it because it has sporty suspension with Öhlins dampers, large 20-inch wheels with Pirelli tires, strong six-piston Brembo brakes, and a fantastic all-wheel drive system. All this together means Volvo's sporty wagon will rocket down a twisty road.
The 2018 V60 Polestar will also receive a new appearance package for the car’s final year in production. Volvo claims the new package will increase downforce by 30 percent. It includes a new front splitter, side skirts and rear spoiler that are all made of carbon fiber. This should make your all-wheel drive Swedish sports wagon stick to the road even more.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the performance details of the V60 Polestar, but you should also keep in mind that this car isn’t just fast and fun, it’s practical, too. The V60 Polestar is all the station wagon that the non-performance version is, making it a great vehicle for the car-loving parent who wants to have a little fun on the road but still
The car has a respectable 28 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row of seating. Fold those seats down, and you’re looking at 43.8 cubic feet of space, which makes the V60 a serious machine for hauling around all manner of things from a couple pairs of skis to multiple golf bags.
Special 2018 Model
Volvo is well aware that removing it's gasoline power plants from Polestar vehicles marks the end of an era. The company will pay tribute to the last several illustrious decades of Polestar development by giving each car an individual number. This singles out the 2018 V60s as special.
Volvo will make only 1,500 V60 and S60 Polestars, and it did not say the specific number per model. That means the cars from the final year of production will be in an elite group of vehicles. This could make the V60 a collector’s item for years to come. As excited as we are to drive the 2019 Volvo V60, we're sad to see the end of this generation model, especially the Polestar version.