Sports model will go on sale in November
15 September 2009

Volvo has launched an R-design variant of the XC60 at the Frankfurt show, due to reach the UK in November.

The Volvo XC60 R-design has a tuned chassis to offer a more sporty drive and sharper driving characteristics. Volvo claims its changes have made the handling more dynamic and the styling more distinctive.

See the Volvo XC60 R-design picture gallery

Dynamic changes include a quicker steering rack and stiffer dampers, while its ride height remains the same.

A range of exterior and interior styling changes have been made. These include twin chrome tailpipes, aluminium sills, a new metal grille, metal door mirror housings and 18-inch alloy wheels. 20-inch Cratus alloy wheels are an option.

Inside, the XC60 R-design gets new sports seats, unique leather upholstery, aluminium pedals, new dials, and a leather steering wheel and gear shift.

Volvo has yet to confirm any prices for the new model, but expect it to cost from £30,000 when it goes on sale.

Twitter - follow all the latest Toyota Prius reviews, news and video

Our Verdict

Volvo XC60

Volvo is justifiably proud of its different approach, and the usable, attractive XC60 is good enough to stand out in a very able compact SUV crowd

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals
  • Hyundai Kona
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Hyundai's funky-looking Kona crossover with a peppy three-cylinder engine makes all the right noises for the car to be a success in a crowded segment
  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    The Citroen C3 Aircross has got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer