Eric's Autos: 2018 Volvo V60 Polestar
At the Curb
What's weird about wagons is for reasons that don't make sense, they don't sell well in this country. Notwithstanding that they make a lot of sense, especially in relation to sedans.
The V60 wagon, which serves as the basis for the V60 Polestar, is based on the S60 sedan; they are basically the same cars, except the additional cargo space you get with the wagon. And that's a lot of additional space: 43.8 cubic feet versus just 12 in the sedan -- really, it's even less than that in material terms because it's isolated space, separate from the rest of the car's interior. The V60 not only has the additional space but is also connected to the rest of the car's interior, which makes it feasible to make maximum uses of every bit of it.
The Polestar enhancements are functionally comprehensive, but the entry level shows through in areas such as the dashpad and door panels, which use the same material as the regular V60. These aren't cheesy materials. But there is a big difference in look and feel between an entry-level Volvo like the V60 and a higher-up-the-food-chain Volvo like the V60's bigger brother, the V90 wagon.
The other thing is the Polestar wagon's center stack controls. They are small and tightly bunched. On the other hand, there is something to be said for buttons -- individual and visually otherwise accessible - versus an endless Byzantine series of menus that one must scroll through to find what they're after.
The Bottom Line
Volvo still sells safety, of course. But it's no longer the only thing it sells.
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