Owned V70R automatic (not manual,
though the web form does not allow any
other designation) for a week. Gave
up 2003 Passat Wagon GLS 5 speed,
which I loved, to get more room so we
could seat all 6 in our family. Built
in booster seats are great. Very fun
to drive, seats extremely
comfortable. You can select different
settings for suspension depending on
whether you want comfort or want to
race. This is a lot of car for the
money. Reliability remains to be seen.
Fantastic engine. AWD. Safety built in
from the ground up. Superb handling.
Available with 3rd row seat for those
who don't want SUV or minivan.
Reasonable gas mileage given the
1. Get better lights: headlights (HID)
are disappointing, not as good as
2. Could use a little more road feel
in steering (my lowly Passat wagon was
3. Radio unecessarily complex.
4. Turning radius of a barge.