Browse the Volvo V60 Polestar’s vital statistics alongside its competitors and you’ll think it’s hard to make a good case for buying this car.

But there’s rather more to the V60 Polestar than bald statistics. Despite the harshness of its ride and the average economy it returned in our hands, the truth is that it’s a rather easier car to like than you might imagine.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Road test editor
Hard and uncompromising, but surprisingly appealing despite the flaws

It feels like the sort of car of which there won’t be another: harsh and fast, with an appealing engine and immense traction.

Ever since an 850 estate was campaigned in the BTCC, there’s been something distinctly appealing about a fast Volvo wagon, so it’s perhaps no surprise that the UK, received an allocation of 125 Polestars, and was the world’s largest market for them.

This new model with its smaller displacement engine certainly won't disappoint those who plunder best part of £50,000 on one, but overall it won't be anywhere near as evocative as the 3.0-litre limited edition run that went before.

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