The 2023 Volvo V60 and V60 Cross Country are an unique pair of small station waggons that can meet your needs if you don't want to put an SUV in your garage.

If the word "w" conjures up a dowdy image in your head, be assured that the V60 models are anything but plain.

Driving aficionados with a penchant for waggons will swoon over the latest Polestar Engineered vehicle and its powerful 455-hp plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

But for everyone else, the V60 Cross Country's base engine should be more than sufficient.

New wheels and updated front and rear bumpers are part of a minor stylistic update for the V60 and V60 Cross Country station waggons for 2023.

The ride is a little harsh, but we're ready to accept that trade-off for the increased power and electric-only driving mode of the T8 powertrain.

We won't hold it against you if you decide the Polestar's performance isn't for you and go with the Cross Country. In all honesty, they're both wise decisions.

The Cross Country variant has all-wheel drive and a four-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower.

The T5 powertrain performed admirably throughout our tests, clocking in at 60 mph in 6.4 seconds.

A 455-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain marries a turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder with electric motors to propel the upgraded Recharge T8 Polestar.

The plug-in hybrid powertrain of the V60 Recharge T8 Polestar, the performance-oriented vehicle in the series, has a fuel-economy rating of 74 MPG.

The inside of the Volvo V60, which closely resembles that of the S60 sedan and the XC60 SUV, is excellent.

The cabin, like other Volvos of this era, looks and feels more expensive than it is, which only serves to increase its impressiveness.

The new interface performs significantly more quickly and fluidly than the old Sensus Connect system and uses the same 9.0-inch touchscreen with a vertical orientation.