I didn't know anything about Volvos when I got my car, but I'm a convert. My Volvo is solid and reliable even though I'm terrible about tune-ups & oil changes (every few years). I grew up with Nissans and Toyotas and I thought bi-yearly break downs were a given. My Volvo has broken down only once after 7 years of smooth sailing. It was a sensor problem. I took it in for a full tune-up this time because I want it to last another 200,000 miles. My mechanic says it's possible. Do find yourself a mechanic who knows these cars. Volvos do not react well to aftermarket parts and there are some quirks which only an old pro will know.
Turns on a dime, powerful heater, roomy- can get more home than my friend with her SUV, trunk pass-allows for lumber purchase (8 ft 2X4s fit with trunk latched & 12 ft 2X6 only sticks out 2 ft), safe & built like a tank, no blind spots, paint job has lasted over 20 years and shines up nice
no cup holders unless you count the 1/8 inch deep circle indentation on the dashboard door when it's down, mileage is not as good as new cars