Sometimes a luxury SUV just isn’t quite enough.

Sometimes you want your luxury SUV with some serious poke.

Step up Volvo’s tuning arm, Polestar, and this 310hp T6 version of the Swedish firm’s flagship 4x4.

It offers 310hp, which is good for 62mph in just 6.5 seconds.

Sure, it’s not quite as quick as the T8 hybrid, which does it in 5.8, but this is pretty rapid stuff for a big car.

And it sure does shift, in an effortless and classy kind of a way.

It’s a lot of fun and, more than anything, it’s just nice knowing it’s there when you want to indulge yourself.

When you want to just waft that’s very pleasant too, with eco mode on offer for when you want to kick back.

It’s thirsty, granted, with high 20s about the best you’re likely to see – although we did dabble with 31mpg on a motorway cruise, which actually beat the on-paper figure of 26.2-28.

Other engine options come in the form of the aforementioned T8, as well as the B5 mild-hybrid diesel (235hp) and the 250hp T5.

Aside from the performance this generation XC90, four years after its original release, remains a beacon of top notch engineering.

Given a refresh earlier this year, inside and out it’s incredibly well put together and just oozes class and quality.

All cars get the lovely 9in touch screen, sat nav, the Volvo On Call connected services platform, power tailgate, rear camera, parking sensors all round, leather and heated front seats, powered seats, climate control, alloys and lots of safety gear.

Our top-end Inscription model takes luxury to new heights and the interior is superb, it’s a wonderful place to enjoy a journey.

Our tester was upholstered like a millionaire’s suitcase in caramel-coloured leather (officially called ‘amber’) and lovely white stitching.

It looked and smelled like the finer things in life, complemented by black with white stitching on the dash and door uppers.

Just lovely.

And, of course, there are actual off-road credentials with the XC90.

The Active Four-C Chassis gives the car electronically controlled air suspension in place of springs, with separate air chambers for each wheel.

This means it can adapt to all sorts of conditions, with automatic self-levelling and ground clearance increased by 40mm when off-road.

In off-road mode engine, transmission, all-wheel-drive and stability control are all calibrated to best tackle slippery, low-grip surfaces.

There is hill descent control and power assistance to make the steering (even) lighter.

Stop-start is disabled and the driver’s display shows a compass, altimeter and the car’s speed limitation.

Aside from that the XC90 is, of course, a seven-seater when you want it to be and has a massive boot when you don’t.

If you were to describe this spec XC90 as the perfect car, most would not be able to tell you why it isn’t.

Prices run from £52,235, with this Inscription coming in at £59,435 before options.