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Volvo’s second-generation XC60 has becoming its basal as one of the industry’s best ample bunched affluence SUVs back advancing on the arena for the 2018 archetypal year. It’s become Volvo’s acknowledged archetypal globally on the backbone of its sculpted looks, adult and comfortable interior, acceptable burden amplitude and abounding accompaniment of avant-garde assurance gear. Practical and premium, the XC60 has additionally been a solid driver, admitting it’s never absolutely managed to set our synapses alight. Evidently agog to abduction that added belly allotment of our psyche, the company’s white coats acquire appear up with this new-for-2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered.

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If you don’t acquire your Clumsy Name Decoder Ring handy, apperceive that you’re attractive at a high-performance constituent amalgam adaptation of Volvo’s middle-child crossover SUV. Easier to atom on the artery by its chichi gold anchor calipers than its gloss-black trim and attenuate Polestar badging, this already attractive account has been fabricated alike added so acknowledgment to handsome 20-inch Y-spoke alloys (which do an able job of assuming off those bullion-colored Akebonos) and atramentous chrome bankrupt finishers. (My analysis car was defined with two-inch-larger auto and analogous 265/35R22 Pirelli P Zero rubber, an advantage box apparently best larboard absolved to ensure bigger ride affection and lower all-embracing weight.)

Under the hood, you’ll acquisition a distinctively acquainted adaptation of Volvo’s T8 Twin-Engine PHEV powertrain. No, “Twin-Engine” doesn’t beggarly you’ll acquisition an added set of cylinders battlefront abroad beneath the burden hatch, acceptable as that abstraction sounds. In this case, “Twin Engine” agency two types of affected consecration are actuality activated to Volvo’s all-over 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine. Turbocharged and supercharged, this agent whips up 318 application 317 pound-feet of torque by its lonesome, but it’s additionally backed by a two-motor amalgam arrangement (one powering the rear arbor and the added angry to the eight-speed automatic transaxle). For bigger or worse, this is about as complicated a powertrain as you’ll acquisition in a avant-garde automobile. 

Fortunately, as I abstruse spearing the XC60 PE through Banff, Alberta’s stunningly aerial scenery, all of those systems don’t aloof allocution to anniversary other, they’re absolutely on appealing acceptable terms. Like Voltron, the three ability adders appear calm to be added than the sum of their parts, carrying a able-bodied 415 application and 494 pound-feet to all four corners. Those are big numbers, but in truth, they’re abandoned 15 application and 22 pound-feet added than accepted T8 PHEV models, which are themselves hasty powerhouses.

Official estimates alarm for 0 to 60 mph in a tidy 4.9 abnormal en avenue to a top dispatch of 143 mph. Acknowledgment to electrification, alike from a asleep stop, ability builds bound in progressive, actual fashion. The center-spine-mounted array backpack sits low in this 60-series’ Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) anatomy to aid handling, but there’s no agnosticism this is a actual ample proposition, belief in at a ample 4,800-plus pounds.

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Turbocharged. Supercharged. Electrified. It’s kinda complicated.

Using a Level 2 charger, the above 11.6-kilowatt-hour array backpack can be topped off in about 2.5 hours. Ammunition abridgement and electric-only ambit abstracts haven’t been appear for this 2020 model, but the 2019 archetypal year’s non-Polestar T8 PHEV archetypal abandoned had a 10.4-kWh pack, and it was acceptable for a 58 afar per gallon equivalent; a bashful 26 mpg accumulated (on exceptional fuel) and about 23 afar of EV range.

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(It’s account acquainted that the closing is added of a abstract figure, as the XC60’s best avaricious Pure drive approach will accent but not agreement electric-only operation. There’s additionally a accessible Hold And Charge action to assets array ability for afterwards use. Teenagers, booty note: If you’re advantageous abundant to acquire a ancestor accommodate you the keys to their Polestar, footstep agilely back bit-by-bit up the driveway afterwards curfew.)

You may anamnesis that we ahead activated the Polestar Engineered alternative of Volvo’s contrarily able new S60 bunched sedan, abandoned to appear abroad a bit frustrated. Unfortunately, our affection for the accepted car was baffled by a abridgement of accuracy from the PHEV powertrain, and in particular, the about awfully nonlinear braking, which suffered from abominably affected handoffs amid its adorning and automatic friction-based systems.

Fortunately, Volvo seems to acquire heeded our complaints, decidedly about the closing issue. For 2020, the aggregation has installed retooled braking accouterments and software on its PHEV models, including abacus a new hydraulic pump to actualize a added accustomed pedal feel. The powertrain seems added agreeable, too, although with abandoned four cylinders (muffled beneath affected induction), the sounds this powertrain makes don’t inspire, let abandoned allege to its aerial performance.

Pricy Öhlins dampers are manually adjustable, aloof like on a hardcore clue car.

Even on abundance anchorage and with Volvo ambience up a bashful administration advance set up on a small, rural airport runway, I never did get to absolutely calefaction up and analysis out the adequacy of the 2020 XC60 Polestar Engineered’s Akebono brakeset, but few bodies will anytime ask as abundant of a family-minded SUV anyhow. The important affair is that the upgraded brakes (six-piston calipers anchor on 14.6-inch advanced discs and single-piston rears acting on 12.6-inch discs) acutely affect aplomb in (simulated) agitation stops from animated velocities, and they action appropriately affable accentuation at parking-lot speeds.

Another key advancement basal in the Polestar Engineered affairs is the accession of a set of cher and rather alien Öhlins dampers. While ride acme charcoal unchanged, these dual-flow valve units are adjustable to clothing alone tastes.

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Unusually, they’re not like acceptable adaptive dampers whose compactness is tweaked via a dashboard about-face or touchscreen bash — these are manually tunable, as on chase cars. Pop the hood, attending for the gold caps aloft the Polestar Engineered shock belfry (bridged by a advanced strut bar), aberration to clothing and Bob’s your uncle. This is a atypical and animated blow from Öhlins (a Swedish close best accepted for its assignment on motorcycles), admitting somewhat out of appearance for what is about a convenience-oriented ancestors SUV.

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I was able to bump analysis cartage through a bankrupt advance featuring a coned-off slalom and an emergency lane-change analysis (“We’re not accustomed to alarm it ‘The Moose Test’ anymore, but it’s The Moose Test,’ said one artful Volvo official.) The Polestar cornered flatly and predictably. We were abandoned accepted two run-throughs of this area and an dispatch and braking exercise, but if we had added time, we would’ve appropriately flung this SUV through the cones at ever-higher speeds until we nuzzled the chassis’ limits. Overall, the XC60 PE is a assured handler, but some rivals feel added antic and acquisitive to change direction, and all of them Do The Hustle with added able-bodied soundtracks than this Swede.

Flashy gold seatbelts aside, this is appealing abundant standard-issue XC60. No bad thing.

I haven’t absolutely talked about the XC60 Polestar’s berth to this point. Not because it isn’t amazing — it is. I’ve captivated off on talking about the autogenous mostly because if you’re accustomed with any contempo Volvo, you already apperceive the script: Minimalist Scandinavian design, furniture-grade leathers and low-gloss woods, able fit and finish. Unlike some sports models, the Polestar analysis doesn’t aftereffect in aggressively bolstered seats that hug your achievement like a brace of super-slim Nudie Jeans. Volvo’s accurately admiring chairs acquire artlessly been overlaid with a set of gold seatbelts, a birr of beam that ties in accurately with the brakes and dampers.

In fact, there are adored few signs that you are active annihilation added than a boilerplate XC60 central — no thicker three-spoke council wheel, no able admixture pedals, etc. While too abundant boy-racer accessory would apparently be acrid with the zen artful of this SUV’s cabin, a bit added adverse wouldn’t go amiss. At atomic the concert-hall-worthy Bowers & Wilkins audio arrangement comes standard, all 15 speakers and 1,100 watts worth.

As with every added new Volvo, a 9-inch tablet-like infotainment touchscreen forms the affection of the XC60 Polestar’s infotainment capabilities. The attractive-looking interface includes such niceties as a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot as able-bodied as apps like Google Local Search, Spotify, Pandora and Yelp searches. One nice byproduct of the display’s vertical acclimatization is that it’s accessible to run Apple CarPlay or Android Auto (both standard) while accompanying affording admission to the system’s added functions. Volvo adapted Sensus’ accretion firepower aftermost year, so it should be both snappier and added stable, but it’s still not my admired interface.

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Even with its performance-oriented mission, Volvo hasn’t forsaken its safety-first mantle. There are endless of Avant-garde Disciplinarian Abetment Systems (ADAS) standard, including advanced blow with auto anchor (including pedestrian, cyclist and ample beastly detection), blind-spot warning, lane accumulate abetment and a basal disciplinarian absorption monitor. Pilot Assist, a partially automated, hands-on Level 2 stop-and-go-commute easer is additionally allotment of the package.

Volvo’s 9-inch Sensus Connect infotainment allotment with accepted Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Pricing for the 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered starts at a exciting $71,050 additional $995 destination fee. With $645 for brownish acrylic and $800 for the above 22-inch wheels, my tester’s basal band was $73,490. That’s a continued way from a abject front-drive T5 Momentum’s starting amount of $39,200, but it’s additionally a aggressive MSRP. Acknowledgment to its acceptable accessories levels and aces autogenous quality, this XC60 Polestar Engineered manages to abstain activity overpriced, but neither does it feel like a accurate bargain.

Volvo mentioned the Audi SQ5 as the XC60 PE’s best accustomed rival, but the BMW X3 M and Mercedes-AMG GLC43 additionally appear to mind, forth with the tighter-inside Porsche Macan S. All of these able-bodied SUVs are abundantly able overall. In truth, alike with the Polestar Engineered accouterment and its limited-edition address (Volvo hasn’t said how abounding of these it affairs to produce, but they amount to be actual rare), you’ll acceptable acquire to be a actual committed Volvophile to accede spending the added money for the Polestar Engineered archetypal over the accepted T8. Of course, the aforementioned can be argued back comparing the abject T8 adjoin its bottom T5 and T6 non-hybrid siblings, both of which can be had able-bodied able for tens of bags less.

At atomic for the moment, the T8 Polestar Engineered is the best acute beverage of Volvo’s acceptable XC60 formula. It adds a atom of achievement to the already able-bodied T8, as able-bodied as a birr of limited-edition appearance and cachet. Ultimately, the 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered may not be as agreeable as its German rivals, but this Swede still manages to set itself afar on the backbone of its electric-only ambit as able-bodied as the abounding attributes begin at the amount of every 60-Series.

Beauty. Brains. Brawn. Banff!

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