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      2020 XC60 Polestar

      First Drive: 2020 Volvo XC60 Polestar Engineered

      An excellent execution of an odd application of the Swedish performance brand.

      By: Billy Rehbock | Photography by: Billy Rehbock, The Manufacturer August 26, 2019

      BANFF, Alberta, Canada—Volvo recently asked us to Canada to experience a “Scanadavian” adventure—see what they did there?—in the Polestar Engineered version of the 2020 Volvo XC60. Perhaps that was because Banff, in Canada’s Alberta province, reminds the Swedes of Sweden? Regardless, this part of Canada is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with stunning mountain scenery and the roads to go with it.
      Why Polestar the XC60?

      But there were much bigger questions on my mind, namely: “Why apply the Polestar treatment to a midsize crossover like the XC60? Would it even work?” If there were ever a time to try, it’s probably now given that Volvo is enjoying a period of growth worldwide—even in markets that have experienced a downturn in auto sales.
      One of the biggest reasons as it turns out is conquest. Volvo’s recent run of hot sales have come at the expense of Audi in particular, which has seen the largest percentage of its customer base defect to the Swedish marque. So it’s not much of a surprise that the Audi SQ5 served as the performance benchmark for the hotted-up XC60.

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      That covers the why, but most of my skepticism lied in whether or not the XC60 was the right vehicle to get an overhaul from Volvo’s Polestar performance arm (not to be confused with Polestar, the electrified sub-brand. Yeah, it’s confusing). My previous experience with an XC60, which was equipped with a version of Volvo’s T8 powertrain featuring supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor, proved mixed. While the 400-hp total system output effortlessly hurtled the crossover up to speed, its braking system—in particular the lack of easy modulation—wasn’t as refined as it could have been.


      Before I even got a chance to ask a representative from Volvo about the brakes, we were told in the pre-drive presentation that the entire setup for T8-equipped vehicles had been overhauled—an electric brake booster replaced the previous system’s vacuum unit—to improve the transition between regular braking and regenerative hybrid braking. With that reassurance in mind, it was time to hit the Trans-Canada highway and see how the 2020 Volvo XC60 Polestar Engineered performed in the real world.
      The Drive

      Setting off from our staging point at the foot of the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, the XC60’s T8 configuration, which has been boosted to 415 horsepower and 494 lb-ft, was always ready to deliver power. Under hard acceleration, there wasn’t much in the way of engine or exhaust noise, but the hybrid system launches the XC60 Polestar Engineered forward with briskness reminiscent of a full-on performance EV. It’s eight-speed transmission offered deft and decisive shifts throughout our time behind the wheel, as well.

      So the go is all good, but the slow was what really impressed me about the XC60 Polestar Engineered. The first time I applied the brakes at low speed, I could already tell that Volvo wasn’t kidding when it said its engineers reworked the setup. The pedal’s travel felt extremely linear, with a seamless transition into regenerative braking.
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      That’s a good sign, because anything less would be a waste of perfectly good Akebono brakes. The Polestar Engineered trim receives six-piston calipers up front and single-piston calipers in the back, all painted gold to let onlookers know these aren’t ordinary binders. On the road, they slow the vehicle predictably and efficiently.
      Another special touch added by Polestar is an adjustable Öhlins suspension. In a move that shies away from the industry trend of electronically adjustable dampers, drivers must exit the vehicle to hand-tune the XC60’S suspension by turning little gold knobs at each corner of the car. Although it’s not as easy as doing so via the press of a button, no tools are required to make the changes. Each strut has more than 20 settings, so a driver can hone the vehicle to his or her taste with relative ease. Up front, the adjustors cap the ends of a Polestar Engineered strut bar.
      The Handling

      Highway cruising can only impart so much information about a car’s performance characteristics, so Volvo directed us to an airstrip for a brief cone course to test the XC60 Polestar Engineered closer to its limits. We had the chance to run a collision-avoidance test, a slalom, and a quarter-mile drag.
      The first test was simply to drive through three tightly spaced pairs of cones, with the center two offset to the left, so as simulate an on-road near miss. The steering was incredibly responsive, and at a roadgoing speeds, this exercise was hardly a challenge. As I chucked the XC60 Polestar Engineered through the slalom, there was a whiff of body roll, but it was composed and predictable. At a continuous speed of almost 40 mph, the car maintained its poise as it snaked through the cones.





      Mashing the throttle off the line for the quarter-mile test, the XC60’s nose lifted and squirmed a smidge. Then we were off at a decent rate, building speed steadily as the SUV hurtled down the runway. My instructor saw 155 km/h (about 96 mph as Canada uses metric, eh?) at the end of the drag before I hammered the brakes with no squirrely behavior and very little dive under full-force deceleration. Given that the electric motor’s battery was almost entirely depleted at the start of my run and that the vehicle had two occupants, I was impressed with its performance.

      After a second run, the driving instructors revealed they had some fun fiddling with the Öhlins suspension. The suspension of one of the two test cars was tuned to slightly more than 25 percent stiffness at each corner. The other had a slightly softer setup up front with a stiffer configuration in the rear. The car we drove on the road, meanwhile, had roughly 50 percent settings all around. Take note: This system is great for people who enjoy a more personal approach to configuring their car. While one may not take the XC60 Polestar Engineered to a track, it would take all of a minute to get out of the car and tighten the suspension up before a drive through a canyon or up a winding mountain road.
      The 2020 XC60 Polestar Engineered has looks to match its performance, with several cosmetic upgrades to set it apart from the standard crossover. Rather than wearing chrome, Volvo adopted a blacked-out look for spots like the grille and window trim. It also has yellow seatbelts which risk looking gauche but actually look cool against the black interior. Our test vehicle’s Crystal White Metal paint (a $645 option) brought out the best in the “black chrome” accents. Our car also wore an $800 set of 22-inch wheels, a unique option for the Polestar Engineered.
      The Verdict

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      As tested, the XC60 Polestar Engineered we drove in Canada rung up at $73,490. It isn’t exactly a bargain, as it’s pricier than Volvo’s stated competitor, the Audi SQ5, before any possible hybrid tax rebates might be applied. Volvo claims a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.9 seconds for its performance SUV, besting Audi’s stated figure by two ticks. The 2019 SQ5 starts at $53,395, although one we reviewed topped out at $70,340.
      While I’m not entirely sure the XC60 needed the Polestar Engineered treatment, the finished product is a quick, refined, and engaging offering. The sporty ute does everything right, but still left me wanting the same goodies in a smaller and lower package—a feeling amplified by a pair of V60 Polestar Engineered wagons Volvo brought along as support vehicles for our drive. In all, the 2020 Volvo XC60 Polestar Engineered is the best iteration of the T8 powertrain and hybrid brake system we’ve encountered so far, and shows that Volvo is committed to both listening to the public and pushing its own boundaries in its quest to expand the customer base.












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      2020 XC60 Polestar

      OK. But I think it would be far more “real world” to have tested a non hybrid 2020 XC60 with Polestar optimization. A T5 or a T6 Momentum or Inscription.

      There are many people. Who just don’t want a hybrid. Or are not prepared to pay the premium for one


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      Thanks for an informative write-up on the T8 version. A lot can be gleaned for other versions.


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      Thanks for posting drmanny, interesting review.

      Glad to see the improvements in the braking transition, that seemed to be a rough spot balancing the regenerative braking with the superior Brembo brakes (or Akebono in this case for the 2020 XC60).
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      The golden stuff: ohlins, Akebono, and the seat belts, are well priced, not cliff diff on top of a T8 R-Design.
      Love it.

      The braking probably is tuned differently now on existing T8 after software updates. I feel the extra grabby at last moment is almost gone. It is kind of more linear now and I need to press brake pedal more firmly than before. So it is more like other cars. I only feel this change after 15k miles and May update I think. But maybe it is due to break-in for the seldom used mechanic brakes?
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      Quote Originally Posted by timlocke View Post
      OK. But I think it would be far more “real world” to have tested a non hybrid 2020 XC60 with Polestar optimization. A T5 or a T6 Momentum or Inscription.

      There are many people. Who just don’t want a hybrid. Or are not prepared to pay the premium for one


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      I worked that out! And the review was very interesting.
      Just one of those people who will never buy a hybrid!


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      Quote Originally Posted by timlocke View Post
      I worked that out! And the review was very interesting.
      Just one of those people who will never buy a hybrid!


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      T5 T6 with polestar tune is not that powerful so not that exciting to get media reviewed.
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      Thanks for posting this. After looking at your pictures I am glad I opted for the white color of this model. will kinda miss my crystal gear shift, but can't wait!

      can you compare how this suspension felt over bumps and handling compared to the current air version?
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      Thanks for the very detailed information of the 2020 XC60 Polestar Engineered T8... Can't wait for our Crystal White!
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      If Volvo had offered a P* T8 for 2018, I probably would've purchased one. But, that would've been a mistake because the air suspension option isn't available and I've grown accustomed to its many uses.
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      Quote Originally Posted by lamarguy View Post
      If Volvo had offered a P* T8 for 2018, I probably would've purchased one. But, that would've been a mistake because the air suspension option isn't available and I've grown accustomed to its many uses.
      But those lovely ohlins shockers... wow...
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      Well, frankly it is a big loss that Volvo gave up on ICE P* models.

      Electrification can coexist with high power ICE with mild hybrid.

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      Ya, Alex isn't a fan of the P* dampers either (too firm). If I want firm, I drive in POWER mode (also great for towing a 19' boat). Otherwise, I drive in PURE suspension mode.

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      After watching that review I wish this one came with the air susp and that would suite me better. I wonder if the stock setting on the P can be tuned any softer or is set already at max softness. Maybe 21's instead of 22's won't be jolting as he eluded to in the video.
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      Quote Originally Posted by xgman View Post
      After watching that review I wish this one came with the air susp and that would suite me better. I wonder if the stock setting on the P can be tuned any softer or is set already at max softness. Maybe 21's instead of 22's won't be jolting as he eluded to in the video.
      The ohlins shocker gives 22 levels of adjustment so some settings should be softer.

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      Quote Originally Posted by FusionRedXC60 View Post
      The ohlins shocker gives 22 levels of adjustment so some settings should be softer.

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      Thx. So turn clockwise is softer?
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      Quote Originally Posted by xgman View Post
      Thx. So turn clockwise is softer?
      1) Pop the hood.
      2) Get out of your P*.
      3) Adjust both front dampers.
      4) Close the hood.
      5) Walk to the rear, squat down, and adjust both rear dampers.
      6) Then, realize you lack both "load leveling" and "height adjustment" and begin crying.
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      Quote Originally Posted by xgman View Post
      Thx. So turn clockwise is softer?
      I don't know. :lol:.
      Maybe turn clockwise on left, and turn counter-clockwise on right one? Symmetric is perfect.
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      Quote Originally Posted by FusionRedXC60 View Post
      I don't know. :lol:.
      Maybe turn clockwise on left, and turn counter-clockwise on right one? Symmetric is perfect.
      I think it is all of them turn right to loosen, but that is just based on a stray comment I heard on a a review. With 22 clicks, it will be a bit finicky to count clicks on all four to match the numbers all the way around. Probably a good thing it's manual for me or I'd be switching between all the settings constantly in the car and would lilely end up with a whopping placebo effect..
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      Quote Originally Posted by xgman View Post
      I think it is all of them turn right to loosen, but that is just based on a stray comment I heard on a a review. With 22 clicks, it will be a bit finicky to count clicks on all four to match the numbers all the way around. Probably a good thing it's manual for me or I'd be switching between all the settings constantly in the car and would lilely end up with a whopping placebo effect..
      Should be easy for the front, turn to one end, and put a sticker with a line on top of it. Not sure about the rear though. Maybe you have to count the clicks.

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      Quote Originally Posted by xgman View Post
      After watching that review I wish this one came with the air susp and that would suite me better. I wonder if the stock setting on the P can be tuned any softer or is set already at max softness. Maybe 21's instead of 22's won't be jolting as he eluded to in the video.
      I was on the same press drive in Banff and I came away also thinking a 'firmer' air suspension would have been a better choice than steel springs. The Ölins are fantastic but I would have preferred a lower stance. 21s would also be a better choice, I felt the 22s were just a hair too big and 20s would have been too small and more noticeable without being lowered. Additionally, 22s are summer rubber and a second set of wheels and winter tires would be needed for those with four seasons.
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      Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
      I was on the same press drive in Banff and I came away also thinking a 'firmer' air suspension would have been a better choice than steel springs. The Ölins are fantastic but I would have preferred a lower stance. 21s would also be a better choice, I felt the 22s were just a hair too big and 20s would have been too small and more noticeable without being lowered. Additionally, 22s are summer rubber and a second set of wheels and winter tires would be needed for those with four seasons.
      Chris,
      Now you have me thinking about the choice, as I have become accustomed to the air suspension on the 2016 XC90 R-Design and now the 2018 XC60 R-Design...
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      That is why I went with the 21's. I'm thinking that with all the adjustments it may still be ok. As much as I like the air sus, there are times when I could see a beefier suspension being helpful when the car is pushed a little and you can't set the default ride height. In any case, I think the overall presentation of the PE model is worth the trade off and the price isn't much different than a loaded R with Air Susp anyway. One thing I have learned over the years is that there is no perfect car. There are always trade offs between performance, design, comfort and operability. Different people will have a totally different order of priorities. For me, this one is pretty good considering what else is available this year. By this time next year, I expect there to be many more choices of plugin and electric vehicles along with a bit better charging infrastructure and hopefully more range.

      Here is what Car and Driver said about the suspension:

      With the Öhlins dampers set to their softer, road-friendly setting, the XC60 drives pretty much like a more buttoned-down T8 model with big wheels and tires. (We only drove versions with the optional 22-inch wheels.) The ride is firm yet the suspension yields to sharper impacts, and body control is good even over road undulations.
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      Quote Originally Posted by xgman View Post
      That is why I went with the 21's. I'm thinking that with all the adjustments it may still be ok. As much as I like the air sus, there are times when I could see a beefier suspension being helpful when the car is pushed a little and you can't set the default ride height. In any case, I think the overall presentation of the PE model is worth the trade off and the price isn't much different than a loaded R with Air Susp anyway. One thing I have learned over the years is that there is no perfect car. There are always trade offs between performance, design, comfort and operability. Different people will have a totally different order of priorities. For me, this one is pretty good considering what else is available this year. By this time next year, I expect there to be many more choices of plugin and electric vehicles along with a bit better charging infrastructure and hopefully more range.

      Here is what Car and Driver said about the suspension:

      With the Öhlins dampers set to their softer, road-friendly setting, the XC60 drives pretty much like a more buttoned-down T8 model with big wheels and tires. (We only drove versions with the optional 22-inch wheels.) The ride is firm yet the suspension yields to sharper impacts, and body control is good even over road undulations.
      Thanks for the additional information I likely read and failed to digest or remember... I also went with the 21s and Crystal White, so I'm going to stop speculating and second guessing my choice and patiently wait for the arrival!
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      2020 XC60 Polestar

      I can’t wait to get mine!!! I love sportier/firmer suspensions. That’s one of the reasons I went with this trim. Seems like they built this thing specifically to my liking!
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      Another walkaround video. Has the XC60 PE, but also some great views of the V60 PE at 6:30, both in osmium grey

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      Read about this the other day and got me excited. I like the size and capacity of the XC60 but even with the T6 it feels alot lazier than my S90 T6 with Polestar tuning. Then I saw the R Design interior and lost some hope, since this is Texas and if you don't have ventilated, cooled seats, welcome to swamp back. At this price range it must be an option but the configurator doesn't offer it.

      Volvo is so weird now. So much potential but such big missteps in a crowded luxury market. It's like they could take things just one step further but Geely is holding them back. No excuse to cram a 4cyl in everything you make, nobody does that either.

      Regardless, if these are available by the time my S90 lease runs out and they're willing to make a significant deal from that 2020 Corvette Stingray price tag, it might be my next Volvo.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Afrosheen View Post
      Read about this the other day and got me excited. I like the size and capacity of the XC60 but even with the T6 it feels alot lazier than my S90 T6 with Polestar tuning. Then I saw the R Design interior and lost some hope, since this is Texas and if you don't have ventilated, cooled seats, welcome to swamp back. At this price range it must be an option but the configurator doesn't offer it.

      Volvo is so weird now. So much potential but such big missteps in a crowded luxury market. It's like they could take things just one step further but Geely is holding them back. No excuse to cram a 4cyl in everything you make, nobody does that either.

      Regardless, if these are available by the time my S90 lease runs out and they're willing to make a significant deal from that 2020 Corvette Stingray price tag, it might be my next Volvo.
      I got it you can't think of anyone else to blame but ventilated seats are offered on R-Design in Europe.
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      Any idea when this is available for preorder?
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      Quote Originally Posted by Afrosheen View Post
      No excuse to cram a 4cyl in everything you make, nobody does that either.
      I'd argue the market has been heading that way for a number of years now, and it's not showing any signs of stopping.

      Obviously there will be exceptions, but I'm more surprised when a "regular" vehicle is offered with anything besides a 4 cylinder.

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      Quote Originally Posted by FusionRedXC60 View Post
      I got it you can't think of anyone else to blame but ventilated seats are offered on R-Design in Europe.
      Anyone else to blame...but ventilated seats in Europe? Can you clarify this statement?

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      Quote Originally Posted by PC Diesel View Post
      Any idea when this is available for preorder?
      it has already been available for preorder through dealers for at least a month or more.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Afrosheen View Post
      Anyone else to blame...but ventilated seats in Europe? Can you clarify this statement?
      This guy in Finland ordered one recently. He works in Volvo dealership and posts a Volvo pic everyday.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ssskelton View Post
      I'd argue the market has been heading that way for a number of years now, and it's not showing any signs of stopping.

      Obviously there will be exceptions, but I'm more surprised when a "regular" vehicle is offered with anything besides a 4 cylinder.
      True for vehicles of the XC60's class. But the size up (the XC90's spot in the lineup) is all six cyl - at least as an optional engine: Lexus RX, BMW X7, Lincoln Nautilus, Caddy Xt5, Acura MDX, Audi Q7.

      One of the car mags (and I don't remember which) speculated that the $ Volvo saved on the drivetrain went into the materials in the interior. So, XC60 owners are the winners.

      My only refer about the engine is that the base turbo 4 isn't quick enough for me (it's not slow, but its also not speedy).

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