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I made the mistake of ordering my 2015 T6 S60 with "sports suspension".
Loved the car but quickly grew to HATE the firm ride - couldn't wait for the lease to end. Moved to Audi A4 and have enjoyed the experience - albeit at a much higher price.

Now thinking of moving to a small SUV at years end. Tempted by the XC40 R design over the Q3 but obviously have concerns about an overly firm ride. Should I be concerned or should I factor in active dampers for $1,000?

Would appreciate some R Design owners thoughts.
 

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We test drove the XC40 RDesign and the Momentum. I didn’t notice too much of a ride difference between the two. The RDesign was slightly firmer and had 20s vs the Momentum 19s.

We went with the Momentum because it’s my wife’s vehicle and the color scheme she wanted was Momentum only.

Ride is something you have to judge for yourself. I have two GTIs and my wife was selling her GLI so we thought the XC40 had a comfortable ride. Some of the other small SUVs we tested had a better ride than the XC40, but that wasn’t a big factor in our purchase decision.
 

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I have the standard R Design set up and I find it's slightly firmer suspension makes the XC40 very stable for an SUV when cornering, but it's also very forgiving. I don't notice the firmer suspension detracting from ride comfort except perhaps on the roughest of roads. I'm on 19" wheels so have slightly thicker tyres which I think is probably a good combination for R Design comfort. I've clocked 12,000 miles over 14 months of driving and I'm loving everything about this car. I would say if you're not gong to be driving on many rough roads then I wouldn't worry at all but if you are and have the budget then upgrade.
 

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My gut says you'll be fine. I have the 20's on my RD (no active dampers) and find the ride perfect. Compliant ride in the city/ highway and tight in the corners. End of day... go test drive it.
 

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I think you should test drive, as mentioned where you’re coming from is important as well your tolerance towards firmer suspension, and most crucially what the situation of the roads are like where you live.
 

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We test drove an XC40 RD a few weeks ago with the 20" wheels (considering doing OSD next spring as a replacement for our XC60). Short drive but it definitely felt firmer than our XC60 with 18's - no surprise. When we have more time we'll take it out on the highway and try both 19" and 20" variants. I will most likely push for the 19's as wife doesn't really care about having a sporty ride - plus it's like $900 cheaper, lol. Only interested in the RD really because of the nubtex seats. Will also see what the t tec seats are like on the Momentum.
 

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I have the 2019 XC40 RD with 20" rims with 19k on it. I recommend getting 19" or smaller main for road noise and less vibration coming into the cabin as I've noticed on the roads in Portland Oregon I get a lot of rattling making the louder than my girlfriend 2017 Rav4.
 

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Very interesting discussion. If you live in an area where the roads are good it is no problem. If you live in the East coast or OH, MI, IL PA where the roads are.... please do yourself a favor and pick up one with 18" wheels. You can thank us later :)
 

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Very interesting discussion. If you live in an area where the roads are good it is no problem. If you live in the East coast or OH, MI, IL PA where the roads are.... please do yourself a favor and pick up one with 18" wheels. You can thank us later :)
I'm in the Northeast (NJ) and have no issues with the 20's.
 

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I have the 2020 XC40 RDesign and find the ride quite soft for me. It also doesn’t corner as well as my former ride, the XC60 RDesign. That said, my wife seems much more relaxed when she is a passenger. ;)

One change I like over my 2012 XC60 RD is that you choose between Polestar, Comfort, and Eco modes. That way you can have the aggressive performance settings when you want, and be in the gas saving mode otherwise.

Good luck!
 
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