On the one hand, the vehicle's cargo area, its ability to accommodate five (and a combination of Swedish luxury and performance) make it a great companion for hiking in the woods. But Canada's relatively low speed limits and my anxiety about jumping wildlife on the road make the vehicle push to its full potential. Fortunately, after a few training exercises to drive a small runway, the XC60 with its hybrid drive and turbocharger feels like a winner.
The XC60 receives the processing of Polestar's performance in its power engine and suspension. The vehicle emits 41
Behind the wheel, this extra power offers a more exciting experience for the XC60. Volvo positions the SUV against the Audi SQ5 in the US market. The acceleration of the Polestar XC60 is solid, unless you press the pedal all the way to the floor, as there is a very slight delay before taking off the car. I am told that the best way to increase the speed of the car is to deliver a consistent but deliberate movement of the accelerator. I do this, and the Polestar-developed XC60 responds the way I expected.
During quieter driving situations (which are essentially all Canadian roads), the XC60 driver assistance features are on par with other luxury brands. Adaptive cruise control of tracked vehicles seamlessly and handles built-in graces. The Lane-Keep assist system was an impressive tracking angle, as was the Mercedes system. Only the sharpest curves on the highway triggered it.
Inside the XC60 is the minimalist Swedish design we expect from Volvo. Although the powertrain is new, the interior has almost remained unchanged over the last few years. Everything is where you would expect it to be. While climate controls are in the infotainment system, Volvo still uses a physical knob to adjust the volume, which is always a plus.
The Sensus infotainment system remains one of my favorites. There were very few delays in the XC60 when I put the system through its paces. The layout is not typical with four features arranged vertically in a portrait-oriented display. One of the advantages of this layout is that CarPlay and Android Auto do not take over the entire touch screen when activated.
The rest of the interior is spacious and comfortable. Although the car is designed for the performance enthusiast, the seats are comfortable enough for a long day on the road. The all-terrain vehicle has enough space for five and folded second row, the XC60 offers 68.7 square feet of cargo space.
Volvo continues to be a sleeper in the automotive industry. His cars are on par with the larger luxury car makers and he continues to do so without sacrificing his own design and dedication to safety. Throw in some engineering from Polestar, and this hybrid car maker plug-in XC60 should cater to fans of performance, comfort and minimalist design.