Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 E-AWD and T6 R-Design

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This is the second generation of the system. The first generation debuted on the 2016 Volvo XC90 in 2015. It needed to sense a vehicle ahead and could only operate at speeds of up to 30 mph (48 km/h), versus 80 mph (129 km/h) for the newer system.

While I was reluctant to fully trust it at first, after a few days it felt quite natural. It kept the vehicle centered in the lane and didn’t pull to one side or the other, even on curves. Indeed it did such a good job driving – particularly in stop-and-go traffic – that my mind wandered several times and the car warned me to focus my attention on driving, even if the car was doing most of the heavy lifting.

INSIDE THE 2018 VOLVO XC60

It’s really unnecessary to go into too much detail about the XC60s interior.

Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design

Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design

The somewhat futuristic R-Design sport seats in the T6 provided excellent support on long drives, as did the Inscription’s seats with built-in massage (apologies to Volvo for returning the vehicle minus one front seat and one massage button). The front and second rows are roomy, with ample leg and elbowroom. Overall, the combination of elegant wood, metals, fine leather, and rich materials makes for an experience that is both refined and extremely comfortable.

Ergonomics were perfect, as was the Bowers & Wilkins sound system. Volvo, which introduced Apple CarPlay to the world, does an excellent job of supporting that functionality, making for an unparalleled in-cabin experience.

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