2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD R-Design essentials: A beaut ute

What is it: The 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 is a midsize reward crossover with pointed Nordic luxury. The T6 signifies a turbo- and supercharged I4 creation 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed involuntary is standard.

Key Competitors: Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3

Full Review: 2018 Volvo XC60

Base Price: $45,895 As-Tested Price: $59,740

Highlights: The XC60’s R-Design trim adds sporty elements like sculpted seats, a shimmer behind filigree grille, matte china counterpart caps, integrated tailpipes and 19-inch amalgamate wheels. The best partial of a interior is a 12.3-inch digital motorist arrangement that brings in all applicable climate, nav and radio functions, yet it takes some removing used to.

Our Opinion: In a universe swarming of likewise boring-but-nice-enough crossovers, it takes a lot to mount out, and this Volvo does only that. The XC60’s styling alone puts it in a special category of cold crossovers. Unlike a fire-breathing monsters from Mercedes-AMG, Maserati and BMW, this Volvo doesn’t snarl or cocktail though hums along quietly. Of course, it also doesn’t dispatch by a gears like performance-minded crossovers, either, though for fans of forced induction, there is a gloomy spirit of supercharger bemoan while accelerating.

Handling in a XC60 is identical to a GLC and X3 foe — it does all flattering well. Steering inputs are video game-esque, though that’s approaching with over-boosted electric energy steering systems. This Volvo manages bumps though spilling your coffee or waking your baby. That said, there is a approaching physique hurl that comes with gently sprung SUVs with high centers of gravity.

Volvo has been putting together some of a nicest interiors accessible for a while now, and a XC60 is no difference — a newcomer cell is a good place to spend hours on a highway trip. It takes a while to get acclimated to a miss of earthy controls for things like chair heaters and meridian control, though after a few weeks of ownership, a vast touchscreen control complement will be second nature. The audio complement on a exam automobile was as good as any reward complement from a competition. While there was some writing with a complement dialed all a approach up, it’s some-more than shrill adequate to let your neighbors know you’re finally removing into Captain Beefheart.

The involuntary stop/start complement will substantially save we a few gallons of gas via a whole time we call an XC60 yours; that said, it doesn’t seem to be as well-spoken as others on a market. Blipping a stifle a few seconds before we wish to start rolling will move a engine behind to life and give we evident response. The twin-charged I4 delivers a well-spoken force while accelerating underneath both complicated and light throttle.

Unless you’re in a marketplace for a crazy-fast opening crossover, it’s tough to demeanour past a XC60. The styling is singular adequate to mount out in a swarming parking lot, and a amenities will mollycoddle business who wish a reward cabin.

–Wes Wren, associate editor

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Options: Bowers and Wilkins reward sound ($3,200); R-Design, including singular grille, integrated tailpipes, body-color reduce insert, 12.3-inch motorist display, Sensus navigation, involuntary motorist and newcomer chair extension, leather and Nubuck competition seats, steel filigree aluminum deco inlays, keyless entrance w/hands-free tailgate, black headliner, LED front haze lights, motorist mode settings, storage net, bright doorway handles, paddle shifters ($3,000); Convenience Package including adaptive cruise, semi-autonomous expostulate system, HomeLink, exhilarated wiper blades, power-folding second row, energy child locks, electric-folding back headrests, 12-volt energy outlet, compass in rearview counterpart ($2,000); Advanced Package including 360-degree camera, graphical head-up display, full LED headlights w/active tortuous lights, headlight high-pressure cleaning ($1,900); Vision Package including blind-spot information with drive assist, cross-traffic alert, front and back park assist, park-assist pilot, automatically dimmed middle and extraneous mirrors, retractable rear-view mirrors ($1,100); 21-inch R-Design wheels ($1,000); exhilarated front seats and steering circle ($750), lead paint ($595)

Wesley Wren

Wesley Wren

– Wesley is an Associate Editor during Autoweek. He loves slicing adult aged cars, listening to uncanny music, and going fast.

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On Sale: Now

Base Price: $45,895

As Tested Price: $59,740

Powertrain: 2.0-liter DOHC super- and turbocharged I4; AWD, eight-speed automatic

Output: 316 hp @ 5,700 rpm; 295 lb-ft @ 2,200-5,400 rpm

Curb Weight: 4,045 lb

Fuel Economy: 21/27/23 mpg(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)

Pros: Excellent styling and fun to drive

Cons: The involuntary start/stop is delayed to spin up

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