2019 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design Review | carsales

2019 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design Review | carsales


You know that feeling each day when you’ve
just put the kids to bed and you sit down, maybe to a glass of wine and simply exhale. It’s like that small moment, maybe just
even a second where you don’t have anyone to talk to and you don’t have anywhere to
go. Well, it’s a slightly left field observation
but I reckon the cabin of the Volvo XC90 has that same calmness and tranquillity about
it. It’s very zen like. Yes, there are the Hammer of Thor headlights,
the clean design and the advance safely equipment but the R-Design package driven here sets
itself apart with the gloss black grill, aluminium roof rails, dual tail pipes and 20-inch alloy
wheels. Even with the additional bling the XC9 still
feels as relevant and cohesive as ever. The T6R design model driven here sits at the
mid-point of the XC90 line up. It will cost you $104 900 plus on road cost
and that’s before you go adding umpteen features and a Polestar optimisation pack
fitted to this vehicle. The XC90’s interior proportions are generous. First and second rows are offered ample space
while the third row is actually capable of ferrying adults on shorter journeys or kids
on longer hikes. Officially the boot measures a generous 1019
litres with the rear seats stowed and even when they are up there is room for a couple
of overnight bags. Meanwhile towing capacity is rated at 2400
kilograms. Naturally safety is a strong suite for the
XC90 with automated emergency braking, cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control and rear-cross
traffic alert among its safety repertoire. The nine-inch portrait screen and digital
instrument cluster might be the headline features, but for families it’s the wide door openings,
these optional sunshades and the cool pop up booster seat in the middle that will really
strike a chord. Further back you’ve got plenty of space
and face level air vents, however if you want to use child seats you’re limited to the
second row only. What I really like about the XC90 is that
even with all this space, it’s still a really enjoyable car to drive. Now at nearly two tonnes you’d expect the
XC90 would need a bit lump of an engine upfront. However, this car, amazingly, makes do with
a two litre, four-cylinder petrol. Incredibly in the T6 it works really well
because you’ve got a super charger to help with that low rev torque and then a turbocharger
to really zing the car along at higher RPM. Throw in a smooth shifting 8-speed automatic
and you’ve got a really proficient combination. In terms of dynamics the XC90 isn’t as overtly
sporty as BMW’s X5 and it won’t go off road like a Range Rover. Instead you’ve got a really nice in-between. It tracks really faithfully through corners,
and there is a good level of feedback the controls which, in turn, builds confidence. Noise suppression and bump absorption are
middle of the road for this segment. This particular car riding on air suspension
will occasionally thud over sharper imperfections and it’s probably not as quick to recover
through bigger washout as some rivalling cars. But with all that said, the XC90 is still
a really enjoyable car to drive on long road trips and, at the same time, nice to be in
urban environments. You can argue that Volvo owes a lot to the
XC90 for its success in the past three or four years and while this car doesn’t really
have that accolades that have graced the XC40 and the XC60, that is not really going to
matter to modern families. For them spacious, enjoyable and nice to look
at. A great distraction from the rigors of everyday
life.