We were very much looking forward to our new arrival! and she has not dissapointed. We have had MPVs over the past few years, and decided to go for a 4x4. There are six of us so therefore we need a 6/7 seater. This car is top class, both inside and out. You feel safe and are safe. We are already achieving an average 32 mpg, and the car has less than 1000miles on the clock. Highly recommended family car, and the stereo is awesome! We went for the base model with geartronic and winter pack, thats all you need, the rest is standard. The smaller wheels are great as the turning circle is terrible with the bigger wheels! Go for it!!
I have owned 2 XC90s which have covered 100k and are still running. The 185bhp engine is much better than the 163bhp but is still harsh - acceptable, however.
Problems include the occasional thump from the rear offside then goes away. The rear offside rubber door seal comes off in the summer heat, the headlight system movement control fails consistantly, then reconnects.
I enjoy driving the car and have no compaints over long distances. It's no slouch on the road, tows well, ave 28 mph runs 34 mph. It has good comfortable seats, and is a good overall car.
When choosing the XC, I was looking for a company car with family practiality, prestige and a rewarding drive - not an easy combination to satisfy, and I still reckon the '90 is the best compromise available on the market.
The interior is a good place to spend time, with excellent seats and ergonomics. As usual with modern Volvos, the stereo is a real thumper. The drive is calm and controlled, with acceptable levels of body roll, but this is no S60 to fire through corners. The 185HP D5 engine which makes the S60 such a rocket is a little numbed in a vehicle of this size, so performance is okay, but really it needs over 200HP - a 3 litre option would be the only thing I would trade in for. A 31mpg average and the CO2 levels are okay, but starting to lag behind the market, especially the latest BMW diesels.
Practiality is second to none, easily as good as the people carrier I had before, but if you get a roof box, make sure you also fit the side steps to reach up there, as it's a tall beast.
To my eyes, the XC looks cool and is certainly built well. I am still not aware of a vehicle I would rather have, even for a lot more money. I'm happy to hang on to this car, at least until a better engine is available!
I've been waiting 3 months for the car to arrive after nearly 2 months of exhaustive choosing. This is a superb car well specified and wonderfully comfortable. I chose the Shadow Blue with Chestnut Soft Hide, it's the 2008 model and looks really good. I'm a big fan of Volvo and the wife and daughter agree (dogs not been allowed in yet!) Feels safe and secure around you. yes, it's a little thirsty but who counts with a car like this?! This is without doubt the best car I've ever owned and the 2nd place was an XC70. Prior to that I had a TVR Cerbera.
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