I changed from a Volvo V50 to this particular car with use of an XC90 for six months in between. I have to say it is thoroughly impressive. Like the review above I didn't experience reverberation through the pedals and if anything when pushing the engine hard marvel at the sound that exudes from the car. The geartronic auto is smooth and refined with the ride being supple on open roads and steady on twists and turns. The cabin layout is intuitive and while some of the buttons are small (the same as V50) you do quickly get used to them. It’s the small things about the car that make you realise the thought that has gone into the design. When the boot is opened the rear lights illuminate to offer greater visibility day and night for potential traffic around you. The automatic rear demist clears when the temperature drops below a set temperature or the humidity sensor senses higher humidity than set parameters. All round, this has to be the best car I have owned and this is my fifth new Volvo in recent years. The variable speed control is impressively reassuring when on motorways while the blind spot information system is an excellent assistant for safer lane changes. I have yet to test the city safety but the demonstration I experienced at the dealership only adds to the security you feel when driving a Volvo. The new What Car magazine (Jan 09) sums up the XC60, It beat hands down the Freelander, Q5 and Subaru Forester. It is the best compact 4x4 available, in my opinion.
I tested this car for an hour and my first driving impressions are very good. Supremely comfortable, quiet, resonably quick and agile. Classy cabin, excellent materials, good seats, even if not highly supportive. Cornering might not be its strength, but what SUV is different, if you forget the extremely uncomfortable X3? I must disagree with your harsh criticism of the D5 engin: I did not realize any vibrations whatsoever, no unpleasant noise. Once again -try the X3 2.0d and you will know something about unrefined engins! XC60 is certainly a very quiet car, even compared to my current S60, which is already rather satisfactory from this point of view. Having read your review before my test drive, I was pleasantly suprised.
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