Sporty new trim level added to the XC90 range, with a £49,785 price tag
Jimi Beckwith
26 November 2015

The Volvo XC90 R-Design has been revealed, adding a sporting trim level to the XC90 range.

At £49,785, prices for the XC90 R-Design start £900 below the top-spec Inscription trim and undercut the equivalent BMW X5 M Sport by £965. R-Design spec brings silver door mirrors, 20in alloy wheels and a blacked-out grille to the exterior of the car.

The interior benefits from tinted rear windows, powered front sports seats with memory function, black headlining, sports pedals and a 12.3in infotainment system. A bespoke R-Design key fob is also included.

The XC90 R-Design is available with a choice of three engines: the D5 diesel, T6 petrol and T8 ‘Twin Engine’ petrol-electric plug-in hybrid. Volvo’s Adjustable Steering Force is included in the R-Design spec, as well as paddle shifters behind the perforated leather-clad steering wheel, adding a more dynamic feel to the XC90 to match the sporty exterior R-Design upgrades.

The new sporting addition to the XC90 line-up comes not long after the news that Volvo isn’t ruling out “an XC car that can go on the track as well”, although Volvo is tight-lipped on whether this could mean an XC90 Polestar or not.

The XC90 R-Design is already on sale, with waiting times in line with the rest of the XC90 range. 

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26 November 2015
Judging by reviews, this car really needs the optional air springs to work properly. It is not a sports car. Far better to spec a nice, light interior colour scheme with warm wood and top spec stereo, and forget the massive rims and aggressive styling flourishes.

26 November 2015
Agree on the springs and interior decor, but the exterior looks nice with this trim.

27 November 2015
scrap wrote:

Judging by reviews, this car really needs the optional air springs to work properly. It is not a sports car. Far better to spec a nice, light interior colour scheme with warm wood and top spec stereo, and forget the massive rims and aggressive styling flourishes.

unless you have a family with young children then a dark interior will withstand the scuffs, vomit, food and other horrors little children subject a car interior to! Agree on the wood interior though and avoiding large rims and aggressive sport exterior, which is at completes odds with what the car has been designed for, families with children!

26 November 2015
I think the XC90 looks great as standard. This R-Design trim will no doubt be the top seller in the UK but I find it at odds with the XC90's non-threatening demeanor.


26 November 2015
Looks good, not over the top "sporty" looking, but nice and subtle. I've seen a few of these on the roads, and I really like them a lot

27 November 2015
A big and heavy SUV with a tiny 2.0L engine trying to be sporty? I think XC90 is best in it's standard model. It's engine is too small for it to be sporty and the bigger rims and harder suspension will only reduce comfort, which it's good at. Try to drive that engine hard and sporty an you'll see the mpg drop like a stone.

Dan

27 November 2015
bezor Ta wrote:

A big and heavy SUV with a tiny 2.0L engine trying to be sporty? I think XC90 is best in it's standard model. It's engine is too small for it to be sporty and the bigger rims and harder suspension will only reduce comfort, which it's good at. Try to drive that engine hard and sporty an you'll see the mpg drop like a stone.

Dont forget the tiny 2.0L is pushing out 225bhp as a D5, which is only 30bhp down on an X5 30D, as a T6 its 320bhp (BMW dont offer a petrol equivalent, only the X5 40d with 313 gets close, and the T8 Hybrid produces 407bhp, so they can do sporty.

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