The 2015.5 Volvo V60 T6 AWD R-Design Polestar is still the deceivingly quick Swedish wagon. And this red color and additional cargo room would make Santa Claus very happy. Why such a long name? The V60 gets a few small cosmetic updates to warrant the 2015.5 designation. It also received Volvo’s new “Volvo On Call” remote management application. This app allows you to remotely start your engine remotely, check fuel level, odometer, get assistance, and lock/unlock the doors.
However, the running gear underneath is the same and this is a good thing. The 3.0L turbocharged straight-six produces 325 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 354 lb-ft of torque @ 2,100 rpm. The power is delivered to all four wheel via a 6-speed automatic transmission. This combination has been around for a while and it simply works great. There is more than enough punch for any type of driving thanks to the twin-scroll turbocharger. You could even embarrass some sports cars in this wagon.This Volvo’s 0-60 mph acceleration is about as quick as the 2013 Audi S5 with DSG and quicker than a BMW 335i xDrive. This 3.0-liter has an estimated 19 MPG city and 28 MPG highway rating.
Of course, the V60 can carry four people in relative comfort (five is a bit tougher). Rear legroom is somewhat at a premium, but the rear seats fold in useful 40/20/40 configuration. This is perfect for a Colorado Ski/Snowboard car. Simply lay down the middle section for your skis or snowboards, and take four people to the slopes in style. This is one of the best looking wagons on the road today.
This R-Design Polestar badged wagon has a few items to make it stand out. It has supportive sport seats, steering wheel, unique front/rear spoilers, and R-Design rear diffuser. You also get aluminum pedals.
The T6 AWD R-Design starts at $45,150. This test model had three optional packages: Climate package (cold weather), 19 inch wheels with performance summer tires, and Blind Spot information package for a final price of $49,275. There is not much competition to this V60 T6 in the United States. There is the Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic Wagon, but the Merc has less power, is larger, and has a much higher starting price.
I give this V60 wagon a TFLcar Buy It! rating.
This wagon is pushing the $50,000 mark, but it also gets you a lot for your money. Also, it can put a huge smile on your face, and that is worth the price of admission.
Check out this full TFLcar test track review of the 2015.5 Volvo V60, as Nathan Adlen takes it for a 0-60 MPH, a fast lap around the track, and shows some of the other unique features.