The con­tes­tants

NZ Autocar - - New Arrival -

The 30d is the ‘sweet spot’ in the X5 range. While it’s al­ways nice to have the ex­tra power of­fered by the 40d and thun­der­ing trit­urbo 50d, the 190kW/560Nm out­puts of the 30d’s sin­gle turbo 3.0-litre six suf­fice quite nicely. The XC90 on trial is the most Ger­man of the model range, the R-Design, wear­ing its sport styling and black-on-black in­te­rior trim. Other than the yet-to-be re­leased T8 hy­brid, it’s the prici­est too at $112,990 in T6 guise. It’s the one with the 236kW/400Nm 2.0-litre petrol four, its out­puts boosted by a su­per­charger and then a turbo, although here it’s been given a fur­ther boost with ‘Polestar Op­ti­mi­sa­tion’ adding a few kW and a few units of torque thanks to ECU fid­dling.

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