2021 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design Review

In the part where the players stand out in terms of technology, dynamics or technical ability, to cut The Car of the Year judges went back to basics and looked for the car that best answered the brief on delivering practical luxury.
That’s exactly what the Volvo XC60 does.





  • The elegant design still stands well
  • The dual-charged motor is powerful and responsive
  • Premium materials make the cabin feel luxurious for everyone
  • The individual interface of climate and entertainment information can be annoying
  • Some artistic elements are starting to show their age
  • Sport driving mode “Polestar” but no paddle shifters

What do buyers really look for when buying a mid-size SUV of a reputable brand?

Certainly, there is an element of the big name badge’s credibility, and yes, there will be decisions made about technology, performance or dynamic ability. But when you compare a car like ours 2021 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design To something of the same size and shape from a major brand, the answer is simple.



It’s an odd word, as it can mean completely different things to different buyers. But when painting with a wide brush (maybe a fancy hairbrush), if we talk about the feel of high-quality materials, the guarantee of well-designed components and the overall impression of something a little nicer than cute, we’re on the same page.

With a range starting from $65,690 (XC60 Momentum T5 petrol), it’s not a steep climb to our second bills from above T6 R-Design at $79,690. The final step up to the $100.690 T8 Polestar Hybrid is a big one, though, so we’d suggest unless you have a plug-in, that’s where the XC60’s specs should peak.

The R-Design grade includes 21-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a body design package, black panels, a leather interior, four-zone climate control, and all Volvo assistance and safety kits.



Our car goes a little further ahead by adding perforated nappa leather with HVAC ($2950), and a Bowers and Wilkins Lifestyle package ($3600) that combines a panoramic glass sunroof and rear privacy glass with a great 19-speaker audio system.

It’s funny, too, as in the standard model, the seats and the stereo are among the best in the game. The upgrade to smoother skin and brighter sound (which includes a superb surround processor to simulate the acoustics of the Swedish Gothenburg Concert Hall) properly enhance the XC60’s cabin as a premium experience.

From bejeweled and knurled switches to plump stitched leather, it’s an exercise in elegant refinement. It’s what elevates this from a luxury car to a truly luxury car, which is what took the XC60 to victory in 2021 to cut Car of the Year Best Mid-Luxury SUV Category.



You get the gist behind the style, too.

Main details 2021 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design
engine 2.0 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with turbocharging
Energy 246 kW @ 6000 rpm
torque 440 Nm @ 4500 rpm
tare 1911 kg
Driving type Four-wheel drive
Transmission Eight-speed automatic
Strength-to-weight ratio 128.7 kW/ton
Price (MSRP) $79,690

While the 9.0-inch portrait-style touchscreen isn’t the largest in the game, the screen is clear and the iPad-like interaction of scrolling and pinch making it easy and intuitive to use. However, it also makes it easy to get lost in the deep menu structure sometimes, and as such tends to be best kept on the configurable ‘home’ screen on the go.

Also, since every function is managed through the display, climate control features and even seat heaters can be more difficult to access and change than if there were a dedicated button panel for them.

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However, the technical execution is clean, the surround camera provides sharp clarity, and Apple CarPlay The offer is well integrated into the original Volvo software.

As mentioned earlier, the car is equipped with all of Volvo’s safety and assistance technologies, and while the hieroglyphs on the steering wheel control pads take a little getting used to, once you’re through the functions it’s very easy and intuitive to use.

This all works fine on the go, although some items are starting to show their age. The head-up display, for example, is bright and clear, and has the basic information you need, but it doesn’t put a strain on what we see from the latest Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

It is also worth noting that the mobile phone wireless charging pad is smaller than most modern phones. It works, but you don’t want the phones to get old!

There’s an updated XC60 next year, so hopefully some of those features will be upgraded.

Rear seat occupants aren’t ignored in the luxury pegs either, where ergonomic seating extends to the rear seat, which still includes Volvo’s smart (and easy-to-use) integrated pop-up booster seats in the exterior positions. Note, however, that this prevents the rear seats from being equipped with a heating function.



You sit reasonably low and upright, but there’s plenty of head and leg room for adults, plus a front climate control, vents and a pair of USB-C ports at the rear of the center console. There are additional slots on the B-pillars as well, and the choice of plastics and other materials, even at “unexciting” contacts such as coat hooks, continues the allure of high quality.

Stepping outside a Volvo, you’ll continue to get a strong sense of the premium nature of the 1960s. It’s a very smart-looking car, and ours Osmium Gray ($1900) contrasts well enough with the black accents and big red LED taillights.

There are eight color options in total, with only the basic white which doesn’t attract a price premium.

Behind the electric tailgate there is a coil Boot 505L It can expand with 60:40 split seats, but it also handles longer loads with an integrated ski port. There is a 12V outlet for convenience as well as a space-saving wheel under the floor.

There are no remote rear seat releases, which require you to reach in and fold out of the vehicle’s rear doors. It will fold up if the booster seats are in place as well, which is nothing to worry about.

Under the nose of the T6 is Volvo 2.0 liter four-cylinder petrol engine (turbo and super). It makes an impressive profile 246 kW And 440 NmWith 400 Nm of torque output to you in a wide range in between 2200 rpm and 5400 rpm.



The forced double induction system works in that the supercharger, which is mechanically attached to the engine’s crankshaft, helps make things spin fast, at which time the turbocharger is fast and delivers compressed air through the remainder of the engine’s rev range.

In a glance 2021 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design
fuel consumption (combined) 8.0 liters per 100 km
fuel consumption (when tested) 9.2 liters per 100 km
fuel tank volume 71 liters
Cloud rating 2400 kg (brake)
Luggage compartment size 505L / 1432L
Length 4688 mm
an offer 1902 mm
Height 1658 mm
wheelbase 2865 mm
circular wrap 11.4 m
ANCAP Security Rating 5 stars (tested in 2017)
Guarantee Five years, unlimited kilometers
Service cost $1,500 (3 years) / $2,500 (5 years)
Price (MSRP) $79,690
Color as tested Osmium Gray
Options as tested Metallic Paint ($1900), Comfort Package ($2950), Lifestyle Package ($3,600)
competitors BMW X3 | Mercedes-Benz GLC | Land Rover Discovery Sport

All this gives Volvo a very agile response range and gives the car a lot of urgency off the mark, where you need it for urban running. You can hear the supercharger slamming away as you speed up too.

Volvo demands combined cycle consumption of 8.0 liters per 100 km and we saw 9.2 liters per 100 km In our test loop. Things settled down to an average 6l/100km range at a sustainable cruising speed as well.

XC60 is all-wheel drive, power-by-coil heads Eight-speed automatic transmission.

While it might not be the fastest or most attractive to use (some paddle shifters would be nice), the standard automatic torque converter is handy around town, managing the shift from drive to rear and back again, the defining characteristic of the speed. Parallel park or 3-point rotation, quickly and easily.

It’s a bit tricky, sure, but I prefer it over the flexible latency that some dual-clutch systems show.



But when Volvo is at home around town, it shines positively on the open road. The XC60 is a great touring car, combining the essential elements of comfort, efficiency and this great stereo to create a very enjoyable mile.

Even the larger wheels work well enough, though we’d suggest staying away from the optional 22-inch pulleys. Lots of good things and all of that.

Ride comfort is good and the car handles sharper edges and larger bumps well. It’s not straight through the steering wheel like the BMW X3, but it certainly isn’t dead or lazy to respond.

It might be the R-Design insignia, but it looks a little sporty when you slip it in. Check this box on the sports bingo chart as well.

as, really, 2021 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design It is the car that generally ticks all the boxes in this category. It looks good, drives well and offers a good balance of performance and economy.

What sets it apart, however, is the fit and finish of that beautiful interior, making it a car that blends two worlds of practicality and prestige into one much-loved and ultimately luxurious package.



Rating Ratings

2021 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design Wagon

8.4/ 10

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James Ward

James has been part of Australia’s digital publishing scene since 2002 and has worked in the automotive industry since 2007. He joined CarAdvice in 2013, left in 2017 to work with BMW and then returned at the end of 2019 to lead a cut content direction.

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