If you want a wagon that goes fast, handles very well, and is still a great daily driver, it doesn't get any better than this. If you want to spend twice as much, you can get the rocket ship which is the E63 AMG wagon, but it is a much larger car. If you want the odd styling a Cadillac CTS-V, you'll get a car that's probably more fun and is certainly faster, but I didn't find it nearly as comfortable as the Volvo V60 R-Design. This car is the perfect 20-year sequel to the 1995 Volvo 850 T-5R less a bit of boot space. Unlike the T-5R, it rides comfortably (no crash-iness), has All-Wheel-Drive, and isn't just fast by 20-year-old standards.
The Technology and Blind Spot Info System add a great deal of convenience and make driving this car a pleasure. In Drive, it is a very comfortable and relaxing car to be in. In Sport and with DSTC in Sport Mode, it's completely transformed into a wild animal and you'll never be able to take advantage of its full performance on public roads. The Premium Sound System is fantastic (part of the platinum trim), and the Nubtex seating option is both beautiful and unbelievably comfortable. I can't think of what I don't want to list as a favorite feature. Oh yes, and then there's the tailgate for my dog to relax in comfortably on long trips - a net cargo-barrier is standard to keep him in place.
I would like to see the Digital Instrument Cluster get a boost gauge and more customization options. The wiper and signal stalks could be smoother on the back as well - they betray the build quality of the rest of the car which is smooth as can be and very well insulated. Throttle response could be gentler in drive (not sport). Voice Control for Navigation could stop asking me to confirm 15x when I enter an address. The Tech Package features could be slightly improved (recognizing school zones ending, earlier lane alerts if there's a vehicle in the next lane, etc.) but it's also great as-is. I also wish it had a magical XC button to turn into an XC70 for bumpy NYC roads.
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