Volvo's biggest, most luxurious saloon, the S90, has been treated to a tougher, more athletic look with the introduction of the R-Design trim to the range.

But rather than a comprehensive reengineering programme the new trim level is really just a light dusting of sportiness. The S90 gets a new bumper and grille, black exterior highlights, leather trimmed sports seats, black headlining, a perforated leather steering wheel and some metal pedals.

Volvo has remained typically Scandinavian and restrained with its R-Design trim and the changes are subtle and tasteful. Commendably it has resisted the urge to cover every available interior surface with carbonfibre and add red highlights to the edge of every surface. The downside to such subtlety is that, despite it being a very pleasant inside, it doesn't really look all that sporty.

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