I am just about to close the deal on my first Volvo. In test drives I have found the engine braking provided by manually shifting the automatic transmission to be less than I would have expected from a 300+ hp engine. Coming from an Audi A6 3.2 Avant where using the paddles held the speed down on hills I was hoping for the same in the Volvo. Do others here try to keep speed in check by manually shifting on down hills? I didn't try this in Dynamic mode on my test drive, would that have made a difference? I also wondered if the Polestar optimization may improve the engine braking due to the enhanced "off-throttle response", but the term is a little ambiguous. Any first hand experience others have to share would be welcome.