For 2013, the Volvo XC90 has received its most significant update since it was launched in 2002. The award-winning XC90 satisfies buyers looking for a modern premium SUV with distinctive styling and a reputation for safety.
You’ll be able to spot all 2013 XC90 R-Design models by the new monochrome paint treatment on the exterior, Matte chrome exterior mirror caps and side window frames, a high-gloss black mesh grille and 19 x 8 inch Diamond Cut alloy wheels are other R-Design specific exterior changes for 2013.
There are three rows of seats inside the 2013 XC90 (MSRP $42,300), offering space for seven people plus cargo. The R-Design chassis features a retuned suspension that enhances control and cornering stability without being punishing when traversing uneven surfaces. Volvo achieves this ride and handling mastery by using firmer dampers and stiffening the anti-rollbars, which helps the XC90 R-Design live up to the promise of its smart, muscular exterior styling.
The exclusive theme of the XC90 R-Design extends to the interior as well. The “R-Design” emblem is embroidered into the handsome and supportive seats, which feature contrasting piping and healthy bolstering to comfortably hold occupants, even as the driver exercises that athletic suspension. A Sport steering wheel, and floor mats with contrasting piping, round out the R-Design-specific interior changes.
Providing the power to round corners and give chase down straightaways is a smooth, 3.2-liter inline six cylinder that delivers 240 hp and 236 lb/ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. The XC90 R-Design offers standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The all-alloy engine is refined and lightweight, and clever packaging by Volvo makes it physically compact. The XC90 R-Design can tow up to 5,000 pounds, and returns an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway in both front- and all-wheel drive models.
Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels are available. Premier Plus adds a self-dimming rear-view mirror and HomeLink® universal remote control integration to control automatic gate and garage doors. To the Premier Plus goodies, the Platinum Trim adds a Premium Sound System with Dolby® Pro Logic® Surround sound, a navigation system and rear-view camera.
There are, of course, plenty of other options and accessories available for XC90 buyers, so you can tailor the vehicle to your needs. The Climate Package adds heated front seats and the Interior Air Quality System (IAQS), which filters the air coming into the cabin. Electronically-controlled all-wheel drive makes for sure-footed handling and traction year-round, and the Blind Spot Information System keeps an eye on what’s next to you, helping to make your time on the road that much safer. Parents will find the Volvo Dual-Screen Rear Seat Entertainment System a handy peacekeeper, especially when stretching the long legs of the XC90 R-Design on road trips.
A Boron Steel Reinforced Passenger Compartment envelops occupants, and standard front, side and side-curtain airbags offer protection in case of collisions. Seatbelt pretensioners and the Volvo Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) are also standard safety gear, along with Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, the Volvo Roll Over Protection System (ROPS), Anti-submarining Protection and an integrated second-row center booster cushion.
Reinforcing the Volvo value proposition is the Safe + Secure Coverage Plan, a best-in-class collection of warranty and complimentary factory maintenance coverage unmatched by competitors. XC90 protection starts with a five-year/50,000-mile Basic Warranty, then adds five years or 50,000 miles of Wear and Tear Coverage (free replacement of brake pads, brake rotors and wiper inserts) and five years/50,000 miles of Complimentary Factory Scheduled Maintenance. Roadside Assistance Coverage is provided for five years, regardless of mileage. Acura and Mercedes-Benz don’t offer any free factory maintenance; Audi offers one year or 5,000 miles, and Lexus covers up to one year or 10,000 miles, depending on model.
Swift, safe and roomy, the 2013 Volvo XC90 R-Design checks all the right boxes. Its combination of standout styling, safety leadership and enthusiast-centered driving dynamics makes the 2013 XC90 R-Design a consistently great choice.