SMMT Test Day (Sept. 2018). A Walk Around the 2018 Volvo XC90 T5 AWD R-Design.

Here’s our video from our day at the SMMT Test Day on 28.9.2018. Here we take a quick look around the 2018 Volvo XC90 T5 AWD R-Design, the latest version of the award winning Volvo seven seater. How does it do? It has several very neat features.

OTR price = £51k, this model as tested was £58k, with park assist, 360 degree camera and other bits.

Now usual followers of us will know that it’s rare for me to talk family vehicles, and even rarer to talk Volvo, however, with a family of 5 and a Audi Q7 in our fleet of cars, we took an XC90 for a spin when considering it in 2013.  So we were keen to understand how the XC90 had developed, so we took it for a spin.
To me on first glance the car looks the same externally, and in my opinion it’s a nice looking car for the type of car it is.  Some very Neat features included a bar on the speedo that indicates the speed limit of the road you are driving (very useful), then there is the birdseye view on the parking camera system.  This Birdseye view (on your touch sensor screen) sees the area around you from above the car, as though a bird is hovering 5-10 metres above you.  Very cool and useful, and we parks perfectly on first attempt.  Another neat feature was the sat nav location,  rather than the sat nav like most cars being located in the central area, the sat nav was in the middle of the dash with speedo and X either side.  Directly in front of you works so much better. Why don’t all cars have the sat nav directly in front of the driver.
Does this better the 2018 Q7 or 2018 Land Rover Discovery.  We’ll have to test drive them too and let you know.


It’s a 10/10 car again for its type.  I can recommend for sure.  Watch our brief video here.

To see our review of this car in more detail and other cars from the day, check this out.

For more Volvo related posts go here.


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