Sports suspension and a host of aesthetic upgrades single out the £35,410 R-Design cars.
Volvo has added a range of sporty R-Design variants to its new V60 estate line-up, with prices starting from £35,410.
Set apart by their gloss-black grilles and window frames, as well as their 18-inch alloy wheels and twin tailpipes, the R-Design cars are expected to be among the best-selling V60 variants.
Inside, the R-Design cars get black headlining, sports pedals and a sports steering wheel. The seats are trimmed in part-leather upholstery, while the cabin is trimmed with metal mesh inlays.
Standard equipment includes LED front foglights and front parking sensors, which complement the rear sensors already fitted to lower-spec Momentum-trim cars.
This all comes in addition to the standard V60 fayre, which incorporates a nine-inch touchscreen, two-zone climate control, automatic headlights and satellite navigation. As befits Volvo’s reputation for safety, the cars are also equipped with the Swedish firm’s City Safety collision-avoidance aids.
However, customers can choose an even higher specification with the R-Design Pro models, which start from £37,660.
The more expensive versions justify their lofty price tags with 19-inch alloy wheels, dark-tinted rear windows and keyless start, as well as a head-up display and front seat heating.
But there’s more to the R-Design models than just looks. Both the standard and Pro variants come with sports-tuned suspension and a 12 mm lower ride height, which is designed to make the car more engaging to drive.
Under the bonnet, customers can choose from any of the existing V60 engines, from the entry-level D3 diesel to the range-topping T5 petrol.
The cheapest option, coming in at £35,410, is the 2-litre diesel D3 with 148 bhp and a manual gearbox. Spending an extra £1,550 will buy you an automatic gearbox, although that will cut the official fuel economy from 62.8 mpg to 60.3 mpg, as well as increasing CO2 emissions by 4 g/km – enough to take a one-percent step up the company car tax ladder.
Weirdly, the more powerful D4 engine, which produces 188 bhp, is very slightly more economical than the D3, returning 62.9 mpg when mated to the manual gearbox and 61.4 mpg when fitted with the automatic. It is, however, £1,000 more expensive than the D3, coming in at £36,410.
The 247 bhp T5, meanwhile, is even more expensive, with a £37,770 starting price, although that does include an automatic gearbox as standard. Unsurprisingly, it can’t match the diesels for economy, returning 41.5 mpg, although it does offer increased performance.
Pro versions all command a £2,250 premium over their R-Design counterparts, meaning the range-capping T5 R-Design Pro will set you back £40,020.
Commenting on the introduction of the R-Design versions, Matt Galvin, sales director of Volvo Car UK, said: “The new V60 is a significant model for Volvo, especially as we head towards our target of selling 60,000 cars in the UK by 2020. With the added dynamic appeal of the striking R-Design versions, we’re confident the V60 will be a hit with our customers and retailers alike.”
Steve Beattie, the company’s business sales boss, added: “The V60 is the latest Volvo model to really cause a stir in the fleet market, and this new R-Design version will appeal to user-choosers and fleet decision makers alike. With its low running costs, cutting-edge safety technology, class-leading practicality and stunning looks, the V60 R-Design deserves to be on every company car driver’s list.”