Went to Volvo in August 2004 after very unpleasant ownership regarding a Jeep Grand Cherokee LTD. The Volvo has good styling, interior appointments are good- exceptional (leather quality), with the seat comfort exceptional. Fair to good performance, with handling very good. There does appear to be certain "blind spots" when turning sharply or backing up. Interior noise levels are minimal.
Looks, reported reliability (no warrnty claims as yet), comfort, safety, dealer support and attention to service (best I have ever experienced!. Haven't used it yet, but the "W" (i.e. Winter) traction option control is slick.
Lack of "creature comfort" features that are standard with competition (i.e. full roof rack, tow hitch, passanger storage "what not" bins) driver interior "spare change" holder
We've been looking for a good-looking
SUVs but without the unnecessary bulk
of most major SUVs. We traded one of
our cars (AUDI A4 Quattro) for this new
XC70 Volvo. We also considered the
Lexus R330 and Volvo XC90. We found
these latter two SUVs to be too
tall/high for our "rescued" South
Russian Sheepdog to jump in and out of
the vehicle. We chose the XC70 because
he is able to recline comfortably while
in the car. The XC70's safety features
also made us choose it over the Lexus
R330. We would have chosen the XC90 but
besides the "height" situation, we also
found it a little "too feminine" looking
:) Although I've seen quite a few women
driving the XC70 here in the LA area.
SAFETY, EXTERIOR FINISH, COMFORT,
INTERIOR SPACE, AND IT'S REMARKABLE EASE
OF DRIVE DESPITE OF IT'S SIZE---I
actually prefer the driving quality on
our new Volvo XC70 over our AUDI A4 quattro.
FUEL ECONOMY, Automatic locking door,
ease of use of the entertainment/music
voice/warning assistance especially when
parallel parking-should be a standard
feature considering the length of this
Loved the comfort and ride of this
car. Went from Mercedes ML320 to this.
Improved gas mileage, comfort and
relability. The car handles great and
has great creature comforts. Went for
safety and proven track record and
longevity. I feel I will get it in
I love the comfortable seats, dash
layout and night time driveability.
One of the best cars I have ever owned.
Maybe locking doors once moving, CD
status in dash display and gas cap
holder like Mercedes.