Tuesday, 14 January 2014

SMMT Test Day 2013 - Volvo V60 R-Design

As an open fan of all Volvo's, I was rather excited to get behind the wheel of one of the new ones. The V60 is a mid-sized estate car, and has benefited nicely from some style changes this year. This was a chance to grab the R-Design model too, which is without doubt the trim I'd go for should I ever get my cheque book out at a Volvo dealership.

There's also an exciting engine on the way this year, which I shall be putting to the test in due course. It's the D4 in the sense that it has 181PS, but the 5-cylinder engines are being phased out in favour of more economical 4-cylinder versions.

The styling of the R-Design is why I'd choose it. On the outside the bodykit and wheels create a striking image, and I love the traditional silver door mirrors. On the inside there's the blue dials and sporty trim. The seats in Volvos have always been comfortable, but the best change for me is how they look in the R-Design now. It's about time they got some serious bolstering, and it really changes the dynamic of the interior as a whole and the sporty package offered.

And I should also mention the 'Rebel Blue' paint which I am a huge fan of. It looks good in the pictures, but I can assure you in real life the effect is even more head-turning. The Passion Red is also a good choice, but I think it would be the blue for me. Keep an eye out for some Volvos in review, because I have some interesting ones lined up...

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  1. I've just ordered a V60 D4 R-Design, Blue Rebel, Ixion 18"

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    1. Fantastic stuff. There is an upcoming review of that exact car. Except mine was in Passion Red. Keep an eye out for that one...

      Dan

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  2. Me too! An S60 D4 R-Design in rebel blue- These new D4 engines are a peach; 0-60 in 6.9 seconds, top speed of 140 and CO2 emissions of just 99g/km!! but they're proving popular- I've got to wait until late August for mine to arrive- can't wait though.

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    1. You're not wrong there. I love the new D4 engine. Sure, it doesn't quite have the warble of the old 5-pot but who cares. The performance/economy combination is one that can't be denied. Even the new 8-speed auto only ups the CO2 into £30 tax bracket, and makes motorway cruising a dream. I hope you enjoy your car when it arrives!

      Dan

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