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Should-you-buyShould You Buy a 2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered?

Should You Buy a 2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered?

The Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered is fast and powerful but it’s not an enthusiast driver’s car


  • The Volvo V60 is down to two versions in 2024: Cross Country and Recharge.

  • The V60 Polestar Engineered, aka Recharge, is priced from $77,500.

  • It is one of only three remaining station wagons from Volvo.

2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

I may have written something like this in the past but, here goes again: Save a station wagon today and buy one. Although there seems to be a shimmer of light at the other end of the tunnel with less than a handful electric wagons on the horizon, most are or will be well north of six figures. While it may not be cheap, the $77,500 Volvo V60 Recharge is almost a bargain…

 

If you’re slightly confused about the use of “Recharge” and “Polestar Engineered” following the model’s name, allow me to explain: For 2024, V60 Recharge is only available with the once optional Polestar Engineered package, hence the lofty base price. Because of it, and I’m going to sell myself short once more, I would suggest the selection of the Cross Country (starts at $54,350) and add options if need be.

2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

However, let’s assume you will ignore what I just wrote and are still considering the Volvo V60 Recharger, here’s what you need to know about it:

 


Why you should buy a 2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered:

 

  • It’s a station wagon which automatically makes more attractive, premium, and exclusive than any SUV.

  • It’s gorgeous.

  • The twin-charged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with e-boost produces a combined 455 hp and a colossal 523 lb-ft of torque. This enables the wagon to shoot to 100km/h from a standstill in only 4.6 seconds.

  • The included 14.7 kWh battery pack provides an estimated 64 km of EV range.

  • The trunk is capable of swallowing up to 471 litres of gear and because it’s a wagon, access to all of it is easy.

  • As always, Volvo seats are spectacular. The sporty and sexy Contour seats are incredibly supportive and comfortable.

  • The Polestar Engineered Brembo brakes are ultra-powerful and are supported by excellent and reassuring pedal feel.

  • Google Assistant has grown to become one of the best and most intuitive infotainment systems currently available.

2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Why you should not buy a 2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered:

 

  • Although the V60 Recharge is rated with an estimated 64 km of all-electric range, the reality is that no matter the driving conditions, expect no more than 50 km is what you’ll actually manage.

  • Relatedly, the V60 Recharge is rated to consume 7.6L/100km in combined driving, once more, the reality is that the real-world will hover between 9L and 10L/100km.

  • Ride quality is not as comfortable as one would expect. The principal reason is the Polestar Engineered Öhlins Chassis that is included with the now-standard Polestar Engineered package. The dampers, even with the dual flow valve technology, translates in a harsher ride than desired.

  • Despite the power and chassis configuration, this V60 is not a sporty car. It’s not entirely at ease with being driven hard in part due to its considerable 4,500-lb curb weight.

  • As good as Google is, the car’s touchscreen interface is glitchy and not always responsive.

2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Conclusion:

 

The 2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered is a wonderful car. I truly appreciate everything it brings to the table however it’s important to note that it’s not a highly fuel-efficient vehicle nor is it a sports car. In other words, despite its 455 hp output, it’s not a BMW M3 Touring (if only we could get it…) or an Audi RS 5 Sportback fighter.

 

Once more, I love this car, but I would consider a V60 Cross Country B5 and save approximately $15,000, while real world fuel consumption will be similar to that of the Recharge.

 

The important takeaway here is that you should buy a Volvo wagon, a V60 in this case.

2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
2024 Volvo V60 Polestar Engineered | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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