This is our first "crossover".
After years of sport sedan driving we wanted more space for things and a higher driving position for traffic.
The engine is super smooth, it is quieter inside and smoother riding (even with R design) than previous Infiniti and BMW vehicles we've had.
The interior looks great in two-tone leather, ergonomics are fine, and at the present it is rated the most reliable of the European brands.
The 5 year warranty and free maintenance, including wear items(execept tires) is a plus.
Safety is unequaled.
I am not thrilled with the lack of steering feel, but the vehicle will take fast corners and sticks to the roadexcellently.
Plenty of room for us.
Smooth turbo power, car-like handling and grip, interior styling, 5 year full warranty and service, safety, utility, well equipped, perfect reliability so far, excellent dealer service and low key approach.
Definitely a step up from non-R design in terms of styling and handling.
The finishing touches in the package transform it for a modest upgrade in price.
Better steering feel, improve low speed transmission programming/pedal interaction, it either moves out slowly or if you press the pedal more, it gooses it and really moves, availability of R-design w/o so many options stuck on it and in more colors.
We had to pick white because a red would have $5,000 extra of options even bringing them in from out-of-state.
UPDATE: AT 4 years we traded it on another Volvo, an S60 R design. Zero issues and just regular free maintenance for the 4 years. The improvements to the dash, styling tweaks, and addition of punchy 4 cylinder engines have only made it a better value than it was in 2011, when you had to get the T6 to get a vehicle that wasn't underpowered. It's a testament to the design that it still looks and drives like a fresh design 7 model years in.