2015 Volvo V60 Polestar - quick drive
We didn't hit the latter during our test, but a shot at the famous Top Gear Test Track at Dunsfold Aerodrome certainly allowed for some high speeds. With instruction from Scandinavian Touring Car ace Thed Björk, we quickly got to grips with the airfield track and began to exploit the Polestar's upgrades.
It's no track car, and Polestar doesn't position it as such, but for a 4,000-lb wagon with room for five and a dog it's capable enough. You can feel the weight during heavy braking and quick transitions—such as those into the tight left-right of the Hammerhead corner—and there's predictable understeer through the high-speed Follow Through turn.
But you don't notice that on the road, where its unbelievably comfortable cabin, relaxed cruising abilities and striking styling are equally important. As is the all-wheel-drive system and, for those in less clement climates, specially-selected Polestar winter tires. And where it really scores is in the feel-good factor—that it's not the predictable German choice will be enough for some, even though it lacks their performance. Polestar's marketing spiel about smiles isn't that far from the truth.
The first 2015 Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar models should reach dealers this June. Only 120 examples are pegged for the U.S. market, which means availability will be tight. The all-important pricing information will be released closer to the sales launch.