Review: The XC60 Polestar has enhanced sportiness

Review: The XC60 Polestar has enhanced sportiness

The world of cars is in transition and Volvo is going through this period with the hybridization of its range, even reaching a sporty proposition, the XC60 Polestar Engineered.

The SUV, which is the most popular vehicle of the Nordic manufacturer, has in the version Plug-In Hybrid T8 the most electric in the international range and comes to connect two worlds.

Using the Drive-E 2.0 engine plus electric power, the XC60 Polestar has 407 horsepower, but that’s what Volvo says, as it has a little more: 415 horsepower.

Despite the minor differences, the modification of the Polestar citizen transforms the standard XC60 T8 into a very different car to drive, more skittish and agile, when you want.

Priced at BRL 416,950, the XC60 Polestar Engineered brings together some differences compared to other offerings, bearing in mind that Volvo’s national portfolio is 100% hybrid.

on the outside…

The Volvo XC60 Polestar Engineered is not a flashy car, to be perfectly reasonable for its purpose.

If it weren’t for the beautiful 22-inch sports wheels, with 265/35 R22 tires and yellow-gold Akebono brake calipers, the Nordic SUV would be out of sight.

Unfortunately, Volvo offers two more options for 22-inch wheels, each model costs R$38,200. The most surprising thing is that the most visually appealing wheel is the one that comes standard on the car.

It also comes with grilles, window frames, longitudinal bars on the roof, mirrors and rear bumper with dual exhaust pipes, all in black.

On the front, the Polestar logo marks the proposal of a sports SUV, which also has a sunroof, a fin antenna and full LED lights and “Thor’s Hammer”.


Unlike other sports offerings, Volvo doesn’t focus too much on looks to differentiate its products, and the interior follows the same lines as the exterior.

Inside, the entire finish is black and there are no other options, but the yellow-gold belts are completely different for the XC60 Polestar Engineered.

The seats have a sports design, including the back, and individual backrests on the sides. In front, it is electric and can be fully adjusted with buttons or multimedia.

They even have seat extensions and memory, but don’t be put off, as the steering column unfortunately can be manually adjusted, one of Volvo’s faults.

The operation is the same as the other versions, but with black appliqués. Minimalist, it also has an aluminum paddle shifter, allowing manual changes.

On the dashboard, finish in metal and leather, as well as on the seats, steering wheel, doors and gear knob. There, a chrome button for driving and starting modes. There’s also a bright multi-tasking color HUD.

The pillar, on the other hand, is nothing special if you have seen the XC60 hybrid of more standard versions. Econometer, level and battery life meter, tachometer in sports modes, etc.

There is nothing special like in other sports cars, setting the usual four graphics options, but with the instrument changed according to the selected mode.

Still, the sporty look in red can be used even in Polestar mode, the more powerful of this XC60 T8. Sensus multimedia’s days are already numbered.

Its 9-inch screen, similar to the look and feel of a tablet, will soon have an Android operating system and will bring a 3D map in full screen, which is currently missing.

With 1,001 services, Sensus collects so much information that in some cases, it is better to stop the car and search for what you want. It has Android projection and CarPlay, more reversing camera, etc.

With a good interior space, the Volvo XC60 Polestar Engineered comes with an integrated child seat and lift on the sides of the rear seat, a very important item since 1977.

The trunk has an electric opening and a closing lid, and a foot approach sensor, when your hands are full. The luggage compartment has 468 liters and can be expanded.

Through the streets and roads…

Behind the wheel, the Volvo XC60 Polestar Engineered is a very interesting car to drive, especially when it goes from water to wine at the push of a button, or rather, the swipe of a finger.

Its engine is the already known Drive-E 2.0, all made of aluminum, with a turbocharger and direct fuel injection, fueled only by gasoline.

With 1,969 cm3 of displacement, the B4204T35 delivers 320 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 40.8 kgfm at 2,200 rpm. If there were other times, without electrification, it would definitely be the 454 horsepower 2.0 tri-turbo!

But, with the real Drive-E (Volvo actually created the engine mentioned above, but never used it), the XC60 Polestar still has 87 horsepower and a 24.5 kgfm electric motor on the rear axle.

It comes with an eight-speed Aisin automatic transmission, as well as a 10.4 kWh lithium battery, between the front seats and under the central tunnel.

With this set, it officially goes from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.3 seconds, but is limited to 230 km / h. In the shared package, Polestar goes into detail.

To put the icing on the cake, the Polestar’s mode is actually sporty, making the steering more direct and the damping suspension (from Öhlins and also in golden yellow) even harder.

The program for two engines with the exchange is also changed, but in addition to communication, which shows the same on the dashboard, nothing but the feelings of the driver are presented.

With a tachometer in place of the economy meter, the Volvo XC60 Polestar has a very tight grip, showing excellent traction control to prevent spin.

A set of 407 horses and 65.3 kgfm gives the Scandinavian SUV (made in China, but it doesn’t look like…) explosive results, but without much snort.

We must remember that the front is 2.0 and the electric rear set does not give anything, still, the feeling of connecting to the wraparound seat is good.

There’s so much power that it’s possible to see a car looking to dominate the quick energy of a hybrid set. In recovery, the time is very short and the response is fast.

With paddle shifts, you can explore a little more, allowing the spin to go higher and finding the power coming from the rear axle, which is not small, although it is 87 horses.

In this case, forget about the economy, because everything and little else is directed to the wheels. If you are on a hilly road, the comfort behind the wheel is even greater.

With excellent driving dynamics, the XC60 Polestar negotiates tighter corners with the agility of a small car, and the delay of Akebono braking.

At the same time, Öhlin leaves the set well plugged into the ground, even more so with the large 22-inch wheels and their 265/35 R22 tires.

Even with the habit of getting out of the back, the SUV is always close and it becomes fun to try to bring it back. The balance between two driving forces is an example.

As a reminder, the XC60 does not have air suspension and on the rear axle there are not even coil springs, but an elastomer beam connecting the two wheels, something interesting and clever.

With the revs hitting around 6,000 rpm, the XC60 Polestar Engineered is guaranteed to be fun for those who want to accelerate, however, it is also useful for quiet time.

In Hybrid mode, it becomes better as possible, it works better too and uses more electric motor. Driving in the city, he gets a good score of 21.4 km / l.

On the highway, it is about 19.9 km / l. On the Hybrid, there is an option to use regenerative braking to increase fuel consumption and recharge the battery more quickly.

In this case, remove your foot to break the engine to work, taking advantage of the energy from the brakes. Finally, there is the clean mode, where the 45 km of autonomy of the XC60 Polestar reveals itself.

Well, only if the battery is at 100%. At the charging station, after two hours, we got 28 kilometers of autonomy, or ¾ of the total shown on the panel.

In the trunk there is a pocket with an additional plug for the mechanics on top of the original recharge plug. We saw no use for this and the ideal would be a fully grounded 220V cable.

Running on the Pure, the XC60 has amazing performance with just 87 horsepower and 24.5 kgfm, pushing the European SUV well. In the XC40 Hybrid is 82 horsepower and 16.3 kgfm.

But that’s not all. The Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar has a Constant AWD mode, which maintains power on all four wheels, as if it were a permanent 4WD, good for wet and smooth pavement.

The Off-Road mode works best on sand, mud and grass, being activated only with the car stopped and adjusting the power well to all four wheels.

In everyday urban life, the XC60 excels, as well as on the highway, where it roars at 1,800 rpm while cruising. In all but AWD and Polestar models, the engine kicks in when needed.

There is a function to charge the battery, while the engine is at high speed while driving or even when it is stationary. Another is charge protection, which stores power for later use.

For you…

Sober, Volvo XC60 Polestar has created surprises in invisible details and in good driving dynamics. That performance is undeniable, even with 2.0…

With Auto Pilot, which allows partial steering control, as well as acceleration and braking up to 130 km / h, the XC60 T8 is ideal for commuting or even for heavy city traffic.

The changing lights at night are displayed and the paneled roof is an invitation to take a breath and feel the breeze invading the building, despite the current times…

With a good price on the proposal, the XC60 Polestar is a gift for anyone who wants more than a sports SUV, a family car and a vision of the future, which will soon be 100% electric.

Dimensions and numbers…

Volvo XC60 Plug-In Hybrid T8 Polestar Designed 2021 Technical Data


Number of cylinders – 4 in line, turbo

Engine capacity – 1,969 cm³

Power – 320 hp at 5,700 rpm (petrol)

Torque – 40.8 kgfm at 2,200 rpm (petrol)

Electric power – 87 hp at 0 rpm

Electric torque – 24.5 kfgm at 0 rpm

Combined power – 407 hp

Combined torque – 65.3 kgfm

Transmission – Eight-speed automatic with manual changes on the lever and steering wheel


Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h – 5.3 seconds

Maximum speed – 230 km / h

Rotation of 110 km / h – 1,800 rpm

Urban consumption – 21.4 km / liter

Road consumption – 19.9 km / liter


Front – McPherson / Rear – Multilink



Front and rear discs with ABS and EDB


Light alloy rim 22 and tires 265/35 R22


Length – 4,688 mm

Width – 1,902 mm (without mirrors)

Height – 1,658 mm

Wheel base – 2,865 mm

Weight in flight mode – 2,174 kg

Tank – 70 liters

Trunk – 468 liters

Price: BRL 416,950 (assessed version)

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