Volvo estate on steroids

Whisper it, but us motoring hacks like a good Volvo, says Andrew English in The Daily Telegraph. “Chasing down badly driven BMWs, indolent Audis and charabanc Mercedes in a square-set Swede is terrific sport.”

And it’s a game that will be made all the more fun now that Volvo has teamed up with race team Polestar to produce this V60 model. It features a souped-up version of Volvo’s 3.0-litre straight-six engine, which delivers “nicely judged power”. This, combined with chassis upgrades, gives the car a “harder edge without sacrificing refinement and comfort”.

It’s a Volvo on steroids, says Jay Leno in The Sunday Times. It may look like a bog-standard estate, but it is no ordinary Volvo to drive, with plenty of power and a lot of torque. It feels like a “good old-fashioned American V8” and has four-wheel-drive, so “the grip is unbelievable” and the ride “firm but sure-footed”.

If you’re a “sports car guy” and have a family, this is the car for you – it can be staid and sensible when you’re doing the school run and, when they’re not in the car, “you’ve got a bit of a hoon wagon” to have some fun in. It’ll make you interested in driving again.

Price: £49,775.
Engine: 3.0-litre straight-six turbo petrol.
Power: 345bhp at 5,250rpm.
Torque: 369lb ft at 3,000rpm.
Top speed: 155mph.
0-62mph: 5.0 seconds.