I bought Volvo primarily for the safety features. However, I've had several disappointing occurrences with performance. The transmission slips from time to time. The door locks are constantly out of sync. I made 4 trips to the dealer for warning lights about the engine without resolution until a recall solved the problem. I expected a more luxurious interior/panel for the price. The buttons, knobs on the panel look cheap - my compromise for safety. I'm in the market for a new car and won't be a repeat Volvo customer.
I feel safe in the car. Love the exterior design - it stands out on the road. Handles well in the snow.
Improve the transmission performance and PLEASE get the door locks to work properly as it seems to be a common problem among owners.