Driving It This Week – 2015 Volvo V60 T5 (plus bonus unicorn)

2015 Volvo V60 T5

This week I am driving the 2015 Volvo V60 T5 with the automaker’s new Drive E drivetrain.  It’s a far cry from the sturm und drang of the S60 Polestar sedan I piloted earlier this month, but I like the wagon styling and practicality.  I know it’s still too early to pass judgment, but I’m already missing the explosive all-wheel drive power and grip of the Polestar, along with its much better brakes.  I’m curious to see how I’ll feel about the V60 – and its somewhat dated interior – by the end of my time with it without the Polestar’s torque to help paper over the vehicle’s weaker points.

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I also saw this unicorn of a car today when I was at the Audi dealership dropping off the S3 – a Volkswagen Phaeton, one of the brand’s biggest marketing failures in North America.  Everyone on this side of the Atlantic decided that if they were going to pay big money for a luxury sedan it was going to have an Audi badge, not a VW logo, on the trunk.

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It’s too bad, really because it was a good car at the wrong price point (the sedan’s platform would later underpin Bentley offerings).  In some ways, it’s the perfect example of VW’s hybrid during the mid-2000’s.  Phaetons found some success in Europe and there’s rumors that the car could come back to our shores one day.  I’ve only ever seen two in Montreal.

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