On one hand, the car’s cargo space, its capability to seat 5 (and a mixture of Swedish luxurious and efficiency) make it an incredible companion for a trek into the forest. However, the fairly low Canadian pace limits and my concern about wildlife leaping into the street make pushing the car to its potential unattainable. Fortuitously, after some efficiency driving workouts at a small airport runway, the XC60 with its plug-in hybrid drive and turbocharger appears like a winner.

The XC60 will get the Polestar efficiency therapy in its powertrain and suspension. The car outputs 415 horsepower and 494 pounds-foot of torque. It will do zero to 60 in Four.9 seconds, in accordance with the automaker. These numbers are pushed up by the automobiles mixed use of a turbocharged Four-cylinder 2.Zero-liter up entrance and an electrical motor within the again. The 11.6kWh battery pack helps the car throughout spirited driving however also needs to ship improved mileage numbers as soon as the EPA has finalized their check.

Behind the wheel, that further energy presents up a extra thrilling expertise for the XC60. Volvo is positioning the SUV in opposition to the Audi SQ5 within the US market. The Polestar XC60’s acceleration is strong, except you stomp the pedal all the way in which to the ground, as there is a very slight delay earlier than the automobile takes off. I am instructed that the optimum technique to get the automobile on top of things is to ship a constant however deliberate movement to the gasoline pedal. I achieve this, and the Polestar engineered XC60 reacts the way in which I anticipated it to.

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Volvo XC60 T8 E-AWD Polestar Engineered

Whereas I am testing the acceleration of the car I am additionally given an opportunity to run it by way of a slalom the place it performs impressively. The physique roll is lower than anticipated and onerous braking from 155 km/h ends in far much less diving of the entrance finish than I anticipated. These spectacular physique dynamics are because of Volvo’s use of Öhlins adjustable suspension.

Throughout calmer driving conditions (which is basically all Canadian roads), the XC60’s drivers help options are on par with different luxurious manufacturers. The adaptive cruise management tracked automobiles with out difficulty and dealt with cut-ins with grace. The Lane-keep help system was spectacular monitoring corners in addition to Mercedes’ system. Solely the sharpest of freeway curves tripped it up.

Contained in the XC60 is the minimalistic Swedish design we have come to anticipate from Volvo. Whereas the powertrain is new, the inside has just about remained unchanged for the previous few years. The whole lot is the place you’d anticipate it to be. Whereas the local weather controls are within the infotainment system, Volvo nonetheless makes use of a bodily knob for quantity management which is at all times a plus.

The Sensus infotainment system stays one in every of my favorites. Within the XC60 there was little or no latency after I put the system by way of its paces. The structure is not typical with 4 options stacked vertically within the portrait-orientated show. One of many advantages of this structure is that CarPlay and Android Auto do not take over your complete touchscreen when enabled.

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The remainder of the inside is spacious and cozy. Although the car is constructed for the efficiency fanatic, the seats are snug sufficient for a protracted day on the street. The SUV has sufficient room for 5 and with the second row folded down, the XC60 presents 68.7 sq. ft of cargo area.

Volvo continues to be the sleeper of the auto business. Its automobiles are on par with bigger luxurious automakers and it retains up with out sacrificing its personal design and dedication to security. Throw in some Polestar engineering and that automaker’s XC60 plug-in hybrid ought to appease the followers of efficiency, consolation, and minimalist design.