Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 27 - 27 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

This is not a cheap car to buy; you’ll need just a few hundred pounds short of £50,000 to slip behind the Nubuck and leather wheel of one, and as such Volvo V60 Polestar running costs are correspondingly high.

Though the firm quotes an official NEDC (National European Driving Cycle) fuel economy of 27.7mpg, though in reality the figure returned by this fast Volvo is more likely to be around 22-25mpg, even when driven with relative consideration for your wallet. You can thank 345bhp, four-wheel drive and the six-speed automatic gearbox for that.

Obviously insurance will be on the high side, not least because the V60 Polestar sports many bespoke parts that could prove difficult to repair or replace quickly, while the relatively high emissions mean VED bills won’t be particularly cheap either.

At least there’s no specialist servicing required, and the V60 Polestar can be seen by any Volvo dealer anywhere in the world. There are 240 new part numbers used on the car, though all parts can be obtained from Volvo as normal – only the new larger brakes might require extra expenditure when they have worn out.

Ah yes, just like when it comes to running costs, if you want the best Volvo V60 emissions then the V60 Polestar is not the car for you; for that you’d need the new V60 D4 which emits less than 100g/km of CO2. But despite the more powerful up-rated version of the firm’s T6 turbocharged petrol engine the Polestar V60 only emits 237g/km of CO2 – exactly the same as the car it’s based on.

Economy figures are matched as well, at 27.7mpg, though we suspect you’ll struggle to see that figure in the real world.

Volvo has been using its T6 turbocharged petrol six-cylinder engine for years now, with no problems, and while the Polestar features more power than ever before, in truth the jump from 299bhp to 345bhp isn’t that large. Certainly we wouldn’t expect the manufacturer to offer a fully warrantied car unless it was 100 percent confident that it could handle the upgrade without problems.

And while the Ohlins dampers are a bespoke part, the firm is incredibly well-known in motor racing circles with a reputation for quality parts, so there’s not much to worry about there either. Despite having over 240 new part numbers on the Polestar version of the V60, all parts are held by Volvo parts and the car can be maintained 100 percent by Volvo dealers all over the world.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £565
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Insurance group 43
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