Whether you’re a veteran collector of six-figure supercars or just an aspiring one, you’ll appreciate the appeal of a real-world driver’s car.

The opportunity to actually use a car that you love driving more often than another that’s equally compelling but less versatile gives the talents of the former so much more weight.

Living with a fast car makes you understand that concept instinctively – and renders you vulnerable to the appeal of the performance estate.

They may not be as pretty or as light as a sports coupé, but there’s a good chance that they will serve your requirements better than any other kind of car. To many, the emergence of the gross performance SUV only confirms the fundamental ‘rightness’ of the fast estate.

The performance estate was 20 in 2014. As if to mark the occasion, one of its originators – Volvo – has moved back into the niche. Sweden’s automotive powerhouse has a reputation for usability few can match.

But can one of the first of a new line of Polestar-branded performance Volvos combine that with genuine speed and thrills?

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