Volvo V60 T6 R-Design: One word: YUM!

2 Apr 2015 | 1,034 views | No Comment
Volvo V60 R-Design     By Don Hammonds   Guess who's got the sexiest wagon on the market these days? Volvo.  Yes Volvo. Maker of those sturdy square chariots of the upper class. They've long since gone sexy on us, but now they've outdone themselves with the way cool, all-new V60. Actually, we did better than that. Our tester was the rare and ultra fast, limited production V60 T6 R Design--lovingly massaged by Polestar, Volvo's Swedish racing arm. There was no mistaking that our tester meant business, with its creaming red paint, its large high performance special tires and killer aluminum wheels-along with its rich, throaty dual exhaust pipes. All V60s come nicely equipped of course. Standard equipment on the V60 includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED running lights, automatic wipers, heated mirrors, a sunroof, front and rear foglights, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, "T-Tec" fabric upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, eight-way power front seats with driver memory functions and manual lumbar adjustment, 40/20/40-split rear seats with power-folding head restraints, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite and HD radios, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB/iPod interface. For the T5 E-Drive and T5 AWD, the Premier package adds roof rails, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and customizable digital gauges. The Premier Plus adds power-folding mirrors, a rearview camera, a fold-flat front passenger seat and a pop-up cargo area organizer. The Platinum package further adds auto-dimming outside mirrors, interior accent lighting, a navigation system and a 12-speaker surround-sound audio system. IF you are lucky enough to get the  T6 AWD R-Design version, you'll receive the  features that come with  with Premier Plus equipment and on top of all of that, you will get a sport-tuned suspension, Volvo's  most powerful engine,  appearance upgrades and adaptive xenon headlights. The Platinum trim level is also available here. So what's the Volvo V60 T^ AWD R-Design, which starts at $45,225-- like to drive? 120175_Volvo_V60_R_Design (1) Its a'  pretty breathtaking experience. First, just look at it. From the side you see how the roofline tapers down to resemble a fastback vehicle, with the angle of the rear window and the shoape for the taillights, adding to a fleet, speedy, aggressive side view/. Speaking of the taillights, these are works of arts, not mere appendages for illumination.  They have a futuristic boomerang like shape that now is a trademark of Volvo design. Up front, the designers skillfully took the traditional Volvo grille, and added a strong dash of ggressiveness and power to it, ,using the huge ducts on each side and the dynamic ishape of the headlights. Inside, Volvo simply has no peers to worry about when it comes to comfort.  Your senses will tell you that  you  are sitting in recliners or lounge chairs, not a car seat.  The leather is buttery and the support of the seats are pretty phenomenal. And we really don't understand why other carmakers can't make dashboards as elegantly simple, each to operate and intuitive as Volvo does. The company demonstrates you don't have to accept controls that are complex and numerous. Volvo refuses to play the "car with  the most buttons, knobs and buzzers wins" game., even if there are many complex perations and demands that you have to make room for. cceleration is instantaneous and strong in this car.  The turbo functions smoothly and immediately, and there will be no concerns about "lag" or anything else.  Brakes are superb, and even though this is a pretty heavy vehicle, it feels light and eager on its feet. Don't worry about safety, either.  It was Volvo which invented a system that stops the car flat if a collision is imminent. Called the City safety system, if you somehow forget to apply the brakes to avoid hitting whatever is in front of you, the car will do it, if you are going slower than 31 miles per hour. There is also the BLIS system which provides a rear cross traffic alert and the parking sensors located in the front and rear of the car. Probably the only thing negative we can say is that the rear cargo space, at 43.8 cubic feet with the back seat down,  is somewhat less than you will find on competitors. But w think that those who buy this car will be more than happy to exchange that for all the sexiness, relatively high gas mileage and other perks of driving this lovely wagon.

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