We get “LOST” in the R-Design XC60.
Its a hot hot day in Bombay! The winter has just ended, humidity is at its peak and the sun’s shining bright in the afternoon sky. I’ve just landed in the city. As I walk out of the airport, I’m greeted by the Volvo test driver, who shows me to the car I’ll be driving over the next few days. The car you see on these pages is the new Volvo XC60 – well, its not all new – it comes with a new look front end, sportier bumpers and R-Design accents. Under the hood is where things get interesting – there’s a brand new 4 cylinder Drive-E engine. But more on that later.This car looks imposing. Two reasons for the same. The first one being its sheer size. Its 4.65m long and 1.9m wide. Thats nearly 200mm longer than the RangeRover Evoque. Its not that much bigger than the Q5, but its sleeker stance and swept back design give the impression that it is indeed much larger. Which brings me to the second reason why this car looks imposing – the R-Design package. Now, R-Design is to Volvo what an M-Sport package is to BMW. It doesn’t endow the car with any additional performance, but it makes the cars sportier looking, adding R-Design badging across the spectrum, and sticking on a sportier, more chiseled looking bumper on the front and rear.The XC60 is a pretty looking car even without the R-Design package. Its upward sloping belt line forms the basis of its profile. Couple this with its slightly downward sloping roofline which blends with the gorgeous rear tail lights, and what you have is a car that grabs eye balls wherever it goes. Its a well balanced design on the whole – and the R-Design package dials it to eleven. Get inside, and you’re greeted by some of the best seats we’ve seen in this segment. For starters, they look handsome and inviting. They’re clad in leather, offer ample thigh, back and lumbar support and as a bonus, come with a heating feature too. Bombay’s heat means we never really got down to using that feature, but I can imagine it being useful in other parts of the country. Volvo really has set the benchmark in terms of comfort in every segment that its a part of.