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Volvo XC40 R-Design 2018 review: snapshot

EXPERT RATING
8
There are only two steps in the Volvo XC40 2018 range, and the R-Design is the top one. The sporty looking R-Design variant is aimed at offering buyers a more aggressive option than the entry-level variant. There are two drivetrains available. The T5 petrol model has a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine

There are only two steps in the Volvo XC40 2018 range, and the R-Design is the top one.

The sporty looking R-Design variant is aimed at offering buyers a more aggressive option than the entry-level variant.

There are two drivetrains available. The T5 petrol model has a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 185kW/350Nm. The D4 has a 2.0-litre twin-turbo engine with 140kW/400Nm.

The T5 petrol R-Design is priced at $54,990 (plus on-road costs), while the D4 diesel R-Design attracts a bit of a premium, listing at $57,990.

Like most Euro manufacturers, the standard spec is better than it once was - but there are still plenty of options available to choose from. And over the Momentum grade - which is pretty well stacked - the R-Design has a lot of additional gear.

The most obvious change compared with the Momentum is the more aggressive R-Design exterior styling including a blacked out gloss grille, black contrasting roof and dual black tailpipes, 20-inch diamond-cut black alloy wheels, plus it rides on the ‘sport chassis’ with stiffer suspension, and adaptive headlights with cornering beams.

Inside it gets R-Design perforated leather trim on the seats, steering wheel (which also gets paddleshifters), and gear selector, plus it has a black headliner. In addition to electric driver’s seat adjustment, R-Design models get electric passenger seat adjust, plus there’s full keyless entry, an electric tailgate with gesture function, and ambient mood lighting.

Other standard inclusions consist of LED 'Thor's Hammer' headlights with automatic high-beam, auto-dimming mirrors inside and out, a 12.3-inch digital driver information display, 9.0-inch touchscreen media system with sat nav, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, eight speakers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Qi wireless phone charging.

Safety is covered with seven airbags, a reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors, auto emergency braking (AEB) front and rear, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance, and a system called 'run-off road protection and mitigation' that can detect if you veer off the tarmac unintentionally.

Pricing Guides

$59,990
Based on 34 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$48,990
Highest Price
$66,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
D4 MOMENTUM (AWD) 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $43,120 – 50,160 2018 Volvo XC40 2018 D4 MOMENTUM (AWD) Pricing and Specs
D4 MOMENTUM LAUNCH EDT (AWD) 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $47,960 – 55,110 2018 Volvo XC40 2018 D4 MOMENTUM LAUNCH EDT (AWD) Pricing and Specs
D4 R-DESIGN (AWD) 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $49,720 – 57,090 2018 Volvo XC40 2018 D4 R-DESIGN (AWD) Pricing and Specs
D4 R-DESIGN LAUNCH EDT (AWD) 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $51,150 – 58,850 2018 Volvo XC40 2018 D4 R-DESIGN LAUNCH EDT (AWD) Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
8
Matt Campbell
Senior Editor

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