After 4 years of a Volvo XC90 D5 we wanted to down size to get better economy BUT still needed space for kids university run. I went for the SE but blinged it up with 19inch wheels and the X pack...and in mineral silver it looks great. I also went for the variable damper control, professional media, cold weather pack, visibility pack and auto box plus some other bits and pieces. I was concerned that the 2 litre diesel would not be up to the job but has proven to be a punchy unit and both quiet and smooth. I like a spirited drive now and then and after 1000 miles I continue to be amazed just how quick the and refined the unit is...much better than the Audi Q5 I tested. The Variable damper control is amazing with the 19 inch low profile run flats I get a really comfortable ride. The auto box is well matched and the media, nav, phone, voice command works really well....once you get used to it, very impressed. I have been also been impressed by the space in the car and the many nice touches like the dipping driver mirror when reversing. Like many others, I am not getting anywhere near the official MPG with an average of 39 so far. I knew this before I bought the car so no real disappointment. One final comment, I have been amazed by how well the electronic aids have dealt with the recent snow. I passed a Q5 that couldn't get up our hill to the village! with no dramas at all. Overall, really impressed so far...quiet, punchy, well equipped and the tech works well.
Mark Steers, Berkshire, January 21st 2013