2017 Volvo S60 Polestar Review – Safety and Performance Blended Together

Safety is the number one focus of the 2017 Volvo S60 Polestar as safety is still king in this entry level luxury car but to those that need more juice, the Polestar might fit the bill for you. The S60 polestar is still the S60 sedan on the inside with all the safety tech you get from Volvo but this time there’s a performance boost from a new high powered engine and performance transmission as well as 80 to 90% stiffer suspension to keep the track tangible.

2017 Volvo S60 Polestar Review - Safety and Performance Blended Together

The 2017 Volvo S60 Polestar Incurs Beauty with Simplicity, Safety with Performance

The 2017 Volvo S60 Polestar looks simple yet busy on the outside, up front is an aggressive front fascia with the lights reminding you of the headlight design of the Mitsubishi EVO X. on the sides however is a more subdued design with minimal lines but is broken with the use of the huge 20 inch wheels. Under the hood for the polestar however is a beast of an engine, a super turbo or a supercharged and turbocharged 2-liter four cylinder squeezing out 362 horses. The tiny yet powerful force induction engine is then mated to an 8 speed auto with a hidden sport + mode which is a smart fully automatic mode reserved for track use at it keeps the revs above 4000rpm.

On the inside, the 2017 S60 is supposed to be a premium sedan or an entry level luxury car. The interior is made with premium materials on and around the typical touch points. The design is on the stealthy side as there is minimal contrast to the all-black interior. The Polestar is pretty much the same as the top of the line S60 on the inside of the cabin.

Driving the S60 Polestar is a real treat with its AWD system, 362hp power plant, and other performance upgrades from the regular S60. Obviously gone is the comfortable ride offered by entry level luxury cars as the new suspension setup is tuned for maximum feedback to the driver which is very much needed when you’ve got yourself a hell of an engine revving at an idle pace of 4000rpm when the S+ mode is engaged.

The 2017 Volvo S60 Polestar with its small displacement engine when driven normally can actually provide reasonable fuel economy. Roomy interior, stealthy looks. However, it is a harsh ride for a luxury car. We wish the S+ mode wasn’t fully automatic; it was crazy powerful and the shifts were accurate and quick, but not having to row your own gears took some of the fun away. The Volvo S60 Polestar is the S60’s brother that’s busy going to the gym and competing in body building contests, it has all the practicality, safety and the looks of the S60 while providing many times the oomph of the original car.


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