Volvo has updated its hot V60 Polestar model with a 2.0-litre, 362bhp four-cylinder engine, which increases power by 17bhp and cuts weight by 20kg

Volvo has revealed an updated V60 Polestar, powered by a new downsized four-cylinder twin-charged engine tweaked by the Polestar racing division.

Aiming to take the fight to Audi's new S4 Avant, the Polestar hits 62mph in 4.8sec – a 10th quicker than the Audi – and has a top speed of 155mph.

Updated - read our first drive review of the new Volvo V60 Polestar

Replacing the turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six from its predecessor, this new Drive-E engine is a better fit with Volvo's current engine line-up, which is comprised of only four-cylinder units. Despite losing a litre of capacity and two cylinders, the Polestar-tweaked engine boasts 362bhp – 17bhp more than the outgoing V60 Polestar. 

Known elsewhere in the Volvo range – including in the S90 and XC90 – as the T6 engine, this twin-charged unit has been further tweaked by Polestar to include a bigger turbo, new conrods, new camshafts, a larger air intake and a higher-capacity fuel pump. It's the same basic engine as that found in the all-new FIA World Touring Car Championship race car, the Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 of Polestar Cyan Racing.

With a Polestar-enhanced BorgWarner four-wheel-drive system and eight-speed Geartronic auto’ box, the V60 is quicker to 62mph than its only real competitor, the Audi S4 Avant, and promises to be more efficient, too. Volvo claims the Polestar returns 34.9mpg and emits 186g/km of CO2.

Volvo has cut 20kg from the overall weight and improved the weight distribution by lightening the load over the front axle by 24kg. Bigger brakes and a tweaked power steering system round off the performance and handling upgrades.

As with the previous V60 Polestar, this updated model will be sold in limited numbers, although not quite as limited. Only 750 of the previous model were produced worldwide, this time between 1,250 and 1,500 will be built. UK allocation depends on demand, but around 120 of the previous-generation cars made it to our shores. Prices are expected to start from £49,800.

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1 April 2016
Golf r estate , £16k cheaper , not much slower and in my opinion better looking .

1 April 2016
Sundym wrote:

Golf r estate , £16k cheaper , not much slower and in my opinion better looking .

fully agree

2 April 2016
hulahoop wrote:
Sundym wrote:

Golf r estate , £16k cheaper , not much slower and in my opinion better looking .

fully agree

Fully disagree. On the better looking part. The Golf R Estate looks extremely dull.

1 April 2016
I like how the mighty Golf R is becoming the default suggestion for alternatives when commenting on cars like this. Boxster/Cayman are the same for low end sports car reviews. Where would we all be without a little imagination or daring to be different.

1 April 2016
Is nowhere near as well built, as well equipped or as exclusive as this Polestar V60, and ultimately it will not be as reliable. Oh and by the time you do get around to trying to match the spec, the Golf is well over £40k.

1 April 2016
I've no interest in these fatuous high performance estates but I'm struck by how two commenters have cited the quadrilinear Golf estate as better looking than the svelte V60. Perhaps they are both undertakers?

Lots of reviewers have made a point about how good looking is the V60 (as opposed to practical.) I'd have to agree - it's up there with the Alfa 159 SW (repeat:looks only.) On the other hand, I'd swear B&Q sell sheds that are better looking than a Golf Estate (or a Golf Plus or a Jetta) which only goes to show, each to their own. One man's poison etc etc.

2 April 2016
Luckily AHA 1 looks are subjective , but I always thought Volvo missed a trick with the v60 and it's sibling , they both look like not particularly attractive bars of soap. The interiors are cramped and dull (even compared to the golf ) and as for Marc saying the golf is the default choice on comparison in too many areas, well in this situation it is, it's a direct competitor ! It's a fast mid size estate that has been universally praised by the motoring press. No polestar product has ever achieved that. Having looked on the forums this generation of golf looks promising for reliability also.I'm not a vw fanboy but sometimes a car stands out above its peers, this version of the r has done that .

2 April 2016
Sundym wrote:

Luckily AHA 1 looks are subjective , but I always thought Volvo missed a trick with the v60 and it's sibling , they both look like not particularly attractive bars of soap. The interiors are cramped and dull (even compared to the golf ) and as for Marc saying the golf is the default choice on comparison in too many areas, well in this situation it is, it's a direct competitor ! It's a fast mid size estate that has been universally praised by the motoring press. No polestar product has ever achieved that. Having looked on the forums this generation of golf looks promising for reliability also.I'm not a vw fanboy but sometimes a car stands out above its peers, this version of the r has done that .

Yes, you're quite right, the Golf is a competitor but so are many other cars on both price, size and concept. The point I was making, like the Porsches the Golf is simply the fashionable model to spout out when making a comparision for those that have probably never even experienced one.
It is good to see that Volvo have even put further development time into this model and fitted it with the new engine, it needed it.

2 April 2016
I love this car, but then I love the Golf R estate too. It'd be a tough choice if I were in a position to make it. The rear side window of the Golf is better. I don't like the one on the Volvo, it needs to be much deeper, though it isn't quite so severely compromised as that of the CLA 45 AMG estate. The choice would probably come down to what Polestar have done with the interior of the V60. I like the Volvo's centre console, especially when wood-trimmed, though the R has a nicer steering wheel than the standard V60 one, but again the Volvo's wood trimmed one is better than the standard one. It would indeed be hard to choose between the two. Maybe I'd have to go to eeny-meeny, like Jeremy.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

5 April 2016
I like it, but four cylinder engines don't interest me one bit.

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