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Road Test : Volvo V60 T6 R-Design Polestar

Review by Tristan Tancredi - 8 August 2012

The Volvo V60 is the Wagon version of the Volvo S60, a classy, well designed vehicle that strives to deliver high performance whilst maintaining safety, comfort and reliability.

Available in the standard T6, the T6 Teknik and the T6 R-Design, prices start at $67,990. We got a hold of the V60 R6 R-Design Polestar for a week, the top of the range V60 T6 priced from $78,490.

A Six-Cylinder Turbo Charged Petrol engine is the perfect fit for the V60 R-Design and delivers a surprising swift driving experience. Let's take a closer look.

Volvo V60 T6 R-Design Polestar

Make: Volvo
Model: V60 T6 R-Design Polestar
Price: $78,490*
Transmission: 6-Speed Geartronic Auto
Engine: 3.0 Litre V6
 Max Power: 224Kw @ 5600rpm
Max Torque: 440Nm @ 2100-4200rpm
Fuel consumption: 10.5L* per 100kms
CO2 Emissions:
Safety: 5 Star Euro NCAP
Car Supplier: Volkswagen Australia



Drive: 4.5/5

Well, what's there not to like. The Volvo V60 T6 R-Design Polestar exceeded our expectations of how a 1741kg wagon should drive. What we expected was a reliable and comfortable car, it is a Volvo after all. But wow, were we in for a surprise.

What we got was a comfortable and reliable car with an unexpected high performance level. The V60 T6 R-Design is very quick, and that's no exaggeration, in fact it reaches 0-100kmp/h in 6.2 seconds. That is ridiculously quick for a wagon of this size and weight.

Like the T6 and the T6 Teknik before it, the 6 Speed Geartronic automatic transmission is a true delight. Right the way up the gears from 1st to 6th and there is very little to complain about. Flick it over to Sports Mode for even higher performance.

A sports chassis seperates the R-Design from the Teknic and base model. The sports chassis enhances driver control with more responsive steering, which is a bliss on windy roads. The highly responsive steering does feel a little light at times, yet the driver soon adjusts.

Volvo V60 T6 R-Design Polestar

Engine: 4.5/5

A 3.0 litre Six-Cylinder Turbo Charged Petrol donk sits in the hood of the V60 T6 range.

Delivering maximium power of 224 Kw at 5600rpm and Maximum Torque of 440 Nm at 2100/4200rpm, the engine provides plenty of excitement.

A downside to the 3.0 litre engine is that is drinks quite a bit of petrol depending on how you drive of course. Stats suggest about 10.5 litres per 100kms, however in Sports Mode you are probably looking at even more.

Exterior: 4/5

As mentioned in the "Drive Section", a sports chassis distinguishes the R-Design from the base and teknik models.

The chassis is 15mm lower and not only enhances control and on-road enjoyment, it makes the car that little bit sexier. Ixion 18" Aluminium Diamond Cut Wheels sit beneath the lowered chassis and add to the overall charisma of the already classy wagon.

Other noticable upgrades to the R-Design include a specifically designed front with larger air intakes, High gloss black grille with R-Design emblem and frame in silk metal finish, rear-view mirror caps in silk metal finish, rear diffusor and dual sport endpipes.

Volvo V60 T6 R-Design Polestar

Safety: 5/5

The Volvo V60 range is rewarded with a 5 Star ANCAP Safety Rating.

A host of safety features are bundled into this family wagon, including: City Safety Avoidance Technology, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert Control, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, Advanced Stability Control, Corner Traction Control and Sports Mode, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Warning and a heap of airbags.

A couple of features worth noting are the Blind Spot Warning and Tailgating Warning systems. Lights will flash on the dash when a car is in your blind spot or if you are trailing too close to the car in front. These can be turned off at any time with buttons on the dash.

Interior: 5/5

The R-Design is a step up in quality inside the cabin.

Offblack leather ergonomical seating offers supreme comfort for the driver and front passenger. There is an abundance of leg room in store for the front passengers. Rear passengers aren't forgotten with enough space to easily squeeze a family of 5.

Electric Climate Control moderates the temperature inside the cabin and Volvo's unique humidity sensor "helps ensure cabin air has an appropriate level of humidity according to the outside climate".

Considering it's a wagon, bootspace is a massive selling point, so how does it measure up. 693 litres of bootspace is what's on offer. The boot opening is decently sized and easily passed our luggage test. The large bootspace still enables a fuel tank capacity of 67.5 litres.

A 5 inch flat screen dominates the centre console and provides access to Navigation, Media, Car Settings and Bluetooth requirements. The screen is easily accessable via a well positioned, practical turning knob that limits on-road distractions. The Navigation software in use by Volvo is highly detailed and easy to use. Two thumbs up.

8 Harmon Cardon Speakers are spread out throughout the cabin and deliver a very clean, crisp sound, rounding out a very solid interior design.

Volvo V60 T6 R-Design Polestar

Overall: 4.5/5

What a car. Granted the V60 T6 R-Design Polestar is a top of the line Volvo, is it really such a surprise?

The only issue we can foresee for this beautiful car is the competition from Mercedes, BMW and Audi with their own similar wagons. At a pretty hefty price tag at close to $80,000, the Volvo V60 T6 R-Design definitely deserves a test drive nontheless.

But be warned, the car is ridiculously classy.

* Prices are manufacturer list prices only, for the drive away price please contact your local authorised Volvo dealer.



  • Polestar Software Improves Performance

  • High Quality Interior

  • Quality Competition

  • Manual Option?

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