I want one. That’s the overwhelming thought that has stuck in my mind after driving the 2018 Volvo XC60 D5 R-Design.
It’s a big call for the new-generation Volvo XC60, considering what else is available in this market space. There are plenty of accomplished names, like the Mercedes GLC, BMW X3 and Audi Q5. There are newcomers, too, like the Jaguar F-Pace and Range Rover Velar, while the Porsche Macan isn’t that much dearer in base guise than this high-spec Volvo mid-size SUV. One can't forget the surprise segment sales leader, the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
The previous generation model was around for almost a decade – but I can assure you that this all-new second-generation model is set to shake things up in the premium SUV segment.
Ours is the flagship diesel offering in the XC60 line-up, the D5 R-Design, which – I would argue – is one of the best looking cars in the segment. But given the competition, being well specified could be even more vital for the success of the XC60. It has what it takes, and part of that comes down to the pricing and positioning of the thing. It is much better specified than it was previously.