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Volvo V60 Polestar review (2014-2016) - can a Volvo estate really be exciting? - MPG and running costs

Rare and rapid, the Volvo V60 Polestar is a fine alternative to German performance machines

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  • Subtle, well-executed performance car
  • Engine lacks charisma, plays it a little too safe

This is undoubtedly an area where the new Polestar scores over the old. Running costs aren't the be-all and end-all of an evo test but they're unequivocally an important factor in many purchasing decisions - a car you can't afford to run is not going to be much fun to own.

While the old car spewed carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate of 237g/km, the latest car is slightly less likely to create its own weather systems with a figure of 186g/km. Likewise, the 27.7mpg combined economy figure (which was optimistic in daily use to say the least) climbs to a more palatable 34.9mpg. While you're unlikely to hit that figure on the daily commute either, you should be getting more than the mid to high teens of the old car...

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The change drops the tax bracket just a single grade from K to J and drops the annual bill from £295 to £270, though it's saved £150 in the first year band. The changes have also helped reduce BIK figures for company buyers.

Volvo does offer a range of Service Plans, which spread the costs of maintenance out across a series of monthly, interest-free payments to mitigate the expense of the Polestar. The V60 sits in a lofty group 43 for insurance and the top 37 per cent for Benefit-in-Kind tax.

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