Owner Review

2021 Volvo Xc60 T8 Phev Polestar (AWD) review

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There is no getting away from the fact that a Volvo XC60 Polestar is not a cheap car. However, having made the decision to spend the money it is hard to think of many other vehicles on the Australian market that offer the same level and balance of performance, comfort and economy in the real world. This is a relatively early review but after a few thousand kilometres of mixed city and highway driving we are averaging under 5 litres per 100 kilometres and yet have the performance of just over 5 seconds to 100km/h available whenever you wish to use it.

The most impressive thing of all in the Hybrid drivetrain is the totally seamless nature of the way it all functions. People don't believe it until they drive it.

The interior is simply a comfortable and classy place to be with outstanding seats, incredible quietness and top shelf finishes. Some reviews have complained about the firm ride however we find it comfortable and very well-damped with the adjustable Ohlins set up in "standard setting". The handling is not Porsche level however is more than capable of dealing with anything we (or I would suggest virtually all owners) are likely to actually use. The steering weighting is adjustable however we find the medium setting to be a good balance for ease around town and highway accuracy.

The various safety systems are what you would expect in a Volvo while the Pilot Assist Autonomous Driving is nothing short of amazing on long drives. The Sensus system has been easy to get used to with the only issue being the sheer breadth and depth of systems available. The Bowers and Wilkins sound system is the best I have ever heard in a car, bar none. If I had a gripe it would be the fiddly key set up with only one 'master key' which is a bit clunky and harder than it should be.

We think the SUV looks great and we get lots of positive comments from others about the appearance. We also kind of like that they are not common. The 5 year warranty (and we got 3 years free servicing) sweeten the price a little bit too. So my summary would be that if you can take a breath and pay close to $100k for a Volvo you might think it is actually not bad value particularly if you are looking for a longer ownership proposition. All in all we are very happy with the car so far.