2014 Volvo XC60 R-Design

Swedish automaker Volvo has always had to play second fiddle to their German counterparts. With the creation of the R-Design series of vehicles they have taken a giant step. Included in this group of autos is the 2014 Volvo XC60 R-Design.

An increase in the power of the engine, a livelier chassis and a sportier appearance are improvements that should serve this model well. Volvo has always been known for safety and reliability. Now it has added technological and design advancements to increase its flair.
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General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $44,850.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gals (70 L) MPG: 17 city / 23 hwy
Length: 182.2 in. (462.8 cm) Wheel Base: 108.2 in. (274.8 cm)
Height: 67.4 in. (171.2 cm) Width: 74.4 in. (188.9 cm)
Curb Weight: 4236 lbs (1921 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 67.4 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Engine: 6 Cylinder Turbo Displacement: 3.0 Liter
Horsepower: 325 HP Max RPM: 6500 RPM
Torque: 354 lb-ft @ 3000-3600 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Geartronic

Engine & Performance

Under the hood the Volvo XC60 R-Design offers the same engines as the existing lineup of the model with the exception of the diesel. You may choose between the 3.0 liter, V6, petrol turbo with an output of 325 HP or opt for the Polestar software upgrade that fine tunes the engine and increases the horsepower to 329 HP.

Along with a more powerful engine, the Polestar upgrade also affords you with a flashy gas pedal. You will benefit from increased acceleration from 0-60 MPH in 6.9 seconds.

The powertrain is combined with an automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The new chassis is firmer and lower than its predecessors. Coupled with the existing electronic control systems such as the Engine Drag Control and Advanced Stability Control, this car handles extremely well.

The Volvo XC60 R-Design begins with a new more distinctive “nose” in the front. The front fascia includes a flat back grille with the addition of glossy black stripes. The inclusion of shine on the grille is in itself a bold move for the conservative car manufacturer.

Then the new emblem announcing the R-Design is centered on the car’s front accentuates its style even further. Aero fins have become part of the rear diffuser with hi-tech tailpipes on either side.


Once inside the XC60 R-Design you will know things have changed given the sharp R-Design logo embroidered on the cloth and leather perforated seats. Stainless steel plating on the interior surfaces also shouts R-Design with a brilliant blue “R”.

Technologically speaking you will find a digital display that allow you to switch from Performance, Eco and Elegance modes.
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