I've only had the car for a month, so it's difficult to rate reliability. I purchased the vehicle primarily based on safety and I did a lot of research on safety in determining what to buy. When it comes to safety, the V70 is a vehicle in which I feel comfortable transporting my golden retriever and passengers, particularly back seat passengers. The vehicle feels as solid as an SUV without the gas mileage and top heaviness. It's a car I hope to have for years to come.
Comfort and safety.
Better visibility. Perhaps better fuel economy, although I am averaging 21.6 miles/per gallon driving more city than highway miles.