Let’s deal with the ride part first, because it’s a low point of not just this section of the road test but the whole V60 Polestar driving experience. It’s one thing to expect a firm ride in a pseudo-sporting car, but when you’re driving a Volvo and thinking that a Renault Mégane Trophy-R would be a more compliant companion, you’ve got to start asking questions.
Thank goodness the V60 has large, comfortable seats, because the brittleness with which the Polestar rides on its 245/35 ZR20 Michelin Pilot Super Sports comes damnably close to ruining the whole car. Whether you’re in town, where it jiggles, or on a motorway, where the ride is improved but remains unacceptably firm, this V60 really doesn’t offer a great deal of respite either way. And even if there is a touch less intrusion on fast roads, the pressure isn’t eased, because with speed comes a road boom that’s equally unpleasant.
Is there a trade-off on a B-road? A little. Body movements are firmly controlled, but don’t think the Volvo ever feels like anything other than a large estate, albeit one that can certainly cover ground at an impressive lick. Traction, thanks to a Haldex four-wheel drive system that can push up to 100 per cent of power to either axle, is exceptionally good – probably the Volvo’s party trick, in fact. A 2.2sec 0-30mph time lags behind that of an RS4 by half a second but doesn’t reflect how trustworthy the V60 feels if you want full acceleration on slippery surfaces.