Volvo XC90 R-Design

Volvo XC90 R-Design

The Volvo XC90 R-Design is now available for customers in the UK, with prices starting at 49,785 pounds (RM318,021) for the SUV that gets a sporty makeover. The R-Design line-up is offered with three powertrain options – D5 AWD diesel, T6 AWD petrol and T8 Twin Engine hybrid, the latter of which we tested in Sweden, and will most likely be offered here in Malaysia.

R-Design models sport mainly aesthetic upgrades, unlike those that have been tinkered with by Polestar. They are similar in concept to what BMW offers with its M Sport accessories, Audi’s S Line and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG Line.

On the XC90 R-Design, the SUV now rides on 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. It also sports a matte-silver finish on the door mirrors, roof rails and window surrounds. Elsewhere, there is a gloss black mesh front grille and tinted rear windows.

Inside, the driver benefits from a 12.3-inch TFT screen that displays vital driving information, and a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel with paddle shifters and R-Design badging. Other changes include sports pedals and an exclusive R-Design leather-clad remote key fob.

The front passenger seat has also been replaced with a powered one that features a memory function, the same as the driver’s seat. Interior lighting also receives an upgrade and there is now a black headlining overhead.

These new features are add-ons to the standard equipment already offered on the entry-level XC90 Momentum variant. This includes a 9.0-inch touch screen control system with Sensus Navigation, a two-zone climate control system, LED headlights and power-operated tailgate.

Standard safety equipment on the XC90 consists of City Safety with pedestrian and cyclist detection, a front collision warning system with auto braking, driver alert control with lane departure warning, and front, side and full-length curtain airbags.

If the visual upgrade on the XC90 R-Design isn’t to your liking and you still prefer a little Polestar magic infused into the XC90, the Swedish performance tuning outfit, now owned by Volvo, is considering the possibility of a hot Polestar XC90 model. Fingers crossed.