I previously owned a 2008 XC90 SE, however I had a mad idea to go “green” and traded it in for a 2010 V70 1.6D SE Lux DrivE. After a year with the very sensible, economical, V70 DrivE, I wanted my XC90 back. I searched high and low for a sensibly priced, low mileage, used XC90, but there was nothing sensible under £35k. I found a dealer who was selling brand new XC90 SE Lux’s for £33k! I challenged my local dealer to match the price but with a few extras added to the SE Lux specification. My dealer was able to order for me the following brand new XC90: 2012.5 MY, SE Lux, Caspian blue metallic, sunroof, tinted rear windows, powered child locks, private number plate changeover, all for £34,995 OTR including; road tax, 3 years warranty, 3 years servicing and 3 years Volvo assist! The car was delivered on 15th December 2011; however at my request the dealer did not register it until 18th January 2012. My XC90’s first adventure was to Spain via the Portsmouth/Bilbao ferry. We still managed to clock up 1800 miles in the first three weeks of ownership! The car was packed to the gunnels with a washing machine, kitchen units, two dogs and our luggage. It coped flawlessly and returned a steady 30mpg cruising at 75mph. The weather was poor in the mountainous regions of northern Spain, but no problem for the XC90! Despite some of the negative views that I have read, I am very happy to again be driving an XC90, and if you want to grab a brand new XC90 at a bargain price, now is the time!
J D, March 12th 2012