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.

MoneyWeek magazine

Latest issue:

Magazine cover
Going bust

What happens when countries default?

The UK's best-selling financial magazine. Take a FREE trial today.
Claim 4 FREE Issues

Which investment platform?

When it comes to buying shares and funds, there are several investment platforms and brokers to choose from. They all offer various fee structures to suit individual investing habits.
Find out which one is best for you.