Last week, I got to spend some quality time behind the wheel of the new for 2018 Volvo XC60. It’s a great car filled with the sort of neat little details that used to be called “character” in the 70s, and it’s powered by an absolutely bonkers little 316 HP four-cylinder engine that is both turbocharged and supercharged (really). Finally- as if there weren’t enough reasons to get excited about driving a new XC60- the one I got for a tester showed up in bright, screaming red.
You can probably see it from space.
2018 Volvo XC60 T6 R Design | Just Look
Needless to say, I love the Passion Red paint on this XC60 R-Design, but there’s a lot more to love. The wheels, for example, are coated in a matte black and then diamond-cut to produce a unique shine that you won’t see in a painted alloy. Inside, the 2018 Volvo XC60 R-Design has special, R-Design-only metal mesh inlays instead of wood and soft leather on the steering wheel and shift knob. The brushed aluminum mirror caps are another R-Design trim level exclusive, and I think they, too, look great.
This is a Really Nice Interior
So, the all-new XC60 is good-looking, it has a nice interior, and it’s powered by an over-achieving four cylinder. That much, and a bit more, I’d already learned in August at Volvo Pride Chicago. At Pride, Volvo executives took different groups out on the streets of Chicago to highlight the XC60’s stellar urban driving dynamics and give us a chance to check out the updated Volvo Sensus infotainment system.
2018 Volvo XC60 T6 R Design | Driving
Pride was great fun, to be sure. Despite that, getting a chance to drive the 2018 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design in an “unsupervised” setting was a lot more fun.
For starters, the 316 HP engine never feels like a four. Despite my experience with the engine in the previous XC60 and V60, the new XC60, in “Dynamic” driving mode, seems to have done away with that moment’s hesitation between pressing the go pedal and actually going. That brief lag is still there in the XC60’s default “Comfort” and selectable “Eco” modes, however, so my guess is that the throttle mapping is a bit more aggressive in the ’18 than it was in the ’17.