2017 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design: Sporty Family SUV

Published: Saturday, December 24, 2016 | 12:17 AM

2017volvoXC60475As always it’s safety first with the 2017 Volvo XC60 but there’s also something for the driver: a zippy engine. And with the R-Design you’ll be even zippier as the engine is turbocharged.

The 2017 Volvo XC60 is a five-passenger compact SUV that is offered in three main trim levels: Dynamic, Inscription and R-Design that are offered with two engine choices the T5 and T6. This review will focus on the T6 R-Design.

2017volvoxc60intR-Design models offer unique exterior and interior styling treatments, adaptive xenon headlights, a sport-tuned suspension, power-folding mirrors, automatic high beams, headlight washers, steering-wheel shift paddles, sport pedals, adaptive cruise control, frontal collision warnings with full auto braking and pedestrian detection, a lane departure warning system, a universal garage door opener, power-folding rear headrests and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.

Stand-alone options added to my R-Design model were the heated front seats and dual two-stage integrated child booster seats.

Making the XC60 R-Design go is a supercharged turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 302 horses with 295 pound-feet of torque. Can you say “yee-haw!”? Mileage estimates for the R-Design are 20/city, 27/highway and 22/combined mpg.

In government crash tests, the XC60 was awarded five out of five stars for overall, frontal and side crash protection and four stars for rollover protection.

Inside the XC60 is at its Swedish-simple best. Easy to use buttons and knobs grace the central console, that merges into the dash. Front seating is comfortable for long trips or short jaunts. Back seats are similar in comfort and head and legroom is plentiful. If you have a little on Volvo also offers an integrated child booster seat. Cargo space is great at 30.8 cubic feet with the back seats up and 67 cubic feet with them down.

Just because you’ve chosen to drive an uber safe car doesn’t mean it has to be a bore to drive. With the supercharged turbo engine in the XC60 R-Design, the car is anything but slow. It virtually glides over bumps and potholes. The steering is good but not sporty, so windy roads might be a bit of a challenge.

Got a family? Thinking of a family? Looking for an SUV with a little personality? Give the 2017 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design a test drive.