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Volvo XC60 R-Design Review: Safety Car Standards

If you are looking for a 5-seater mid-range luxury SUV for your family, the Volvo XC60 R-Design is an ideal choice thanks to its spacious interior space and a range of top-notch safety equipment. This model is enough to compete with competitors in the same segment with the same price as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, or Range Rover Evoque. Let’s join Bigguidess to have a detailed review of the Volvo XC60 R-Design!

The exterior of  Volvo XC60 R-Design

Wearing a distinctive Nordic design style focusing on simplicity in every line, sophistication in feel, and comfort when using. Therefore, the appearance of the Volvo XC60 R-Design does not appeal to car enthusiasts at first glance, but for those who love Scandinavian simplicity, the XC60 R-Design is sure to make them happy.

Volvo XC60 R-Design Review: Exterior
Volvo XC60 R-Design Review: Exterior

In terms of design, the R-Design version of the XC60 stands out with a horizontal grille with rounded corners instead of vertical spokes like Momentum and Inscription versions. The Volvo brand logo is still placed diagonally on the grille similar to other models in the Swedish automaker’s family. The headlamp cluster has the ability to adjust the projection angle automatically, the LED fog lights.

The Volvo XC60 has a length x width x height of 4,643 x 1,890 x 1,712 mm, a wheelbase length of 2,774 mm. The R-Design version is equipped with 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels with 235/60 tires. Electric folding/folding rearview mirror, silver metal panel with integrated LED turn indicator, and up and down base embossed with R-Design logo.

Volvo XC60 R-Design Review: Exterior
Volvo XC60 R-Design Review: Exterior

The tail design has many similarities with the “elder” XC90. The rear lights are stretched along the two corners of the rear end, the single exhaust system is symmetrical on both sides, and the chrome-plated metal bar is in the center with the Volvo text above. The overall design of the XC60 is somewhat smooth and not too fussy but still ensures the aesthetics of a mid-size luxury crossover.

Interior of  Volvo XC60 R-Design

In the interior space, the Volvo XC60 R-Design deserves praise. It clearly embodies the philosophy that Volvo pursues: a balance between functionality and aesthetics.

Our experienced team has to admire the materials the Swedish manufacturer uses in the car, from the doorway to the sturdy seats. All materials are very thick, giving a really reassuring feeling. However, using the “better wood than paint” style, the XC60 still ensures the key is to create a practical and spacious cabin for all 5 seating positions.

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The Volvo XC60 R-Design’s cabin is simply laid out. 3-spoke leather steering wheel with integrated paddle sports paddle shifters. The center of the console is a medium-sized entertainment screen located in the pocket with Bluetooth connectivity allowing hands-free communication, a GPS navigation system, … Right below is the control key cluster that focuses most of the functions. Basically equipped on the car, but a bit regrettably this control cluster is still traditional style.

An interesting detail in the XC60 R-Design is a compatible digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel that displays 3 convertible Drive Mode modes in 3 different colors: Elegant (Elegance), Body the environment (Eco), and the powerful operation (Performance), to suit each emotional state and the needs of the driver.

Sports seats are standard on the XC60 R-Design, upholstered in premium leather with subtle seams. The electric driver’s seat remembers 3 positions while the mechanical seats are adjusted. The second row of seats can be folded down easily to increase the storage capacity for the rear compartment up to 1,455 liters compared to the standard 495 liters. With a wheelbase of 2,774 mm, the XC60 owns a quite spacious rear compartment space, the air-conditioning system is placed on both sides of the door instead of the middle like most current models.

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Another detail that needs to be mentioned in the interior of the XC60 R-Design is its very good soundproofing. Although moving at high speed, the sound of wind or noise was almost absent. People in the car can completely relax in a quiet space.

Equipped with safety and reliability

Volvo is the world’s most famous car manufacturer for safety and reliability, so the 5-star reviews from Euro NCAP (European New Vehicle Assessment Program), NHTSA (American Traffic Safety Agency ), or IIHS (American Institute of Road Safety) wouldn’t be a surprise. There were even tests, the Volvo models exceeded expectations and someone had to say “amazingly, it’s like a tank!”.

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Volvo XC60 R-Design features front, front, and rear side airbags, a WHIPS system for neck and neck protection, a City Safety function, a Front collision warning system, and steering wheel paddles. Vehicle speed control when going up and down slopes, parking assist camera, and electronic handbrake.