One Week With: 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD R-Design

I hadn’t spent most time in Volvo’s most-recent things until this past fall, when we had a possibility to representation a Volvo V90 hire wagon. It is no tip that Volvo is good famous for a importance on safety, though a Swedish automaker has also been stepping it adult in terms of design, both inside and out, impressing with stylish sheetmetal and superb interiors.

Take a 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD R-Design we lived with for a week, that extremely stretched my Volvo horizon. This instance of a second-generation SUV was quite alluring interjection to a Bursting Blue Metallic tinge and steel filigree aluminum side mirrors.

The R-Design package, a $3,300 option, adds a crowd of facilities that piquancy adult a Volvo XC60’s appearance. These embody LED haze lights, sporty leather upholstery, steel filigree aluminum deco inlays, bright doorway handles, black headliner, integrated tailpipes with a body-colored reduce insert, and a black filigree grille. Other neat facilities with this trim spin are a expostulate mode settings, Sensus Navigation Pro, a hands-free opening tailgate, and steering circle paddle shifters. Our tester also came propitious with a discretionary 21-inch double spoke amalgamate wheels sporting Pirelli 255/40/R21 summer tires—all for a measly $1,000.

Exploring a Volvo XC60 R-Design’s infotainment system—a distant improved choice to zoning out into a smartphone screen—lead me to peruse a additional integrated apps that it contains along with a climate, nav, and party controls. These embody Pandora, Yelp, Google Search, Park and Pay, Spotify, and WikiLocations, a final of that sparked my curiosity.

WikiLocations allows we to entrance Wikipedia-related calm of circuitously places formed possibly on a geographic position of your automobile or a set destination. When we control a hunt we are given a options of a full article, summary, photography, and story of a indicate of interest. WikiLocations is usually organic if a automobile is versed with both Sensus Connect and Sensus Navigation. Though we felt cordial by a WikiLocations app, in a age of smartphones, it seems outmoded. Still, acclamation to Volvo for including this overwhelming geo-location app.

Another choice on a exam automobile that extremely combined to a delight of it is a glorious Bowers Wilkins sound system, a $3,200 option, that offers tractable equalizer settings as good as a common tinge adjustements.

To exam a system, we combined a playlist that we patrician Swedish Volvo Soundtrack and sealed into my Spotify comment around a in-car app—my initial time regulating an in-car Spotify app. With Spotify being a Swedish association as well, and me being an zealous listener of Swedish artists, a Swedish Volvo Soundtrack featured usually Swedish artists like such as The Knife, Little Dragon, Lykke Li, and Fever Ray. As a hip-hop artist would say, “All Swedish Everything.”

The peculiarity of audio from bureau sound systems is an critical charge of a car’s interior. The motorist chair is a space in that we spend a good cube of my life and lousy audio gets irritating quickly. Using a Volvo’s accessible equalizer settings, we was means to adjust some-more than usually a drum and treble, ensuing in a some-more strong sound. While acid around online, we found a lengthy thread dedicated to a BW’s equalizer settings in a forum called SwedeSpeed. After putting a Bowers Wilkins sound complement to a exam we determine with other Volvo enthusiasts that dishing out a money for this ascent is justified.

I gathering mostly in Dynamic mode since because not. The Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design has a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine able of 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and, when set into Dynamic, a crossover thrusts brazen with distant larger response, generally on a highway. The Oncoming Lane Mitigation complement felt a tad bit sensitive, spasmodic flashing a warning while pushing past parked cars or coming a automobile watchful during a median to spin left. When this deterrence collision complement activated unnecessarily, we reacted as if something was indeed about to happen. This was a usually uncertainty we had with a XC60’s reserve features.

The XC60’s involuntary braking complement seemed ideal for all pushing situations and valid a value during my time with a car. When another motorist in cranky trade bloody by a red light—not an odd occurrence in Los Angeles—the motorist in front of me came to a remarkable stop. we nervously punched a brakes as tough as we could though thankfully, a Volvo’s involuntary braking complement was active and aided me in safely bringing a XC60 to a finish stop. Phew. The auto-hold complement valid itself useful, too, creation life easier in exhausting Interstate 5 trade en track to San Ysidro, a closest city to a Mexican border.

Opting for a bottom indication Volvo XC60 with no combined options puts we during roughly $45,895 with end fee—not a bad understanding for a bill concerned. But if we were creation a joining to squeeze this oppulance compress SUV I’d be in preference of adding a few options privately a R-Design package. The XC60’s competitors in identical cost operation embody a BMW X3 and Audi SQ5 both, that I’ve had a event to drive. Though a Audi SQ5impressed me with its additional horsepower, we still cite a Volvo because it feels some-more like a loyal SUV.

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