We live in Germany and regularly drive on the Autobahns in the XC70. We've even had it up to 122 MPH while late for a flight and it is rock solid. Vehicle noise is pretty low compared to our old Tahoe and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Been skiing in the Alps and had no trouble manuevering in snow, the Winter feature works great. Pirelli Scorpion STR tires are worth the money. The only thing I really don't like after all is the rain sensing intermittent wipers-- it never seems to be the right amount of wiping for lower speeds and light drizzle. I've been hit by a motorcycle and I've backed into a post and the repairs were expensive, but car was not totaled, unlike my friends cars.
The seats are really comfortable and I love being able to actually wear nice clothes and not climb up into an SUV.
Speed sensitive volume control, autodimming side view mirror, radio settings controlled by driver settings for key fobs, flip up rear glass and auto locking doors.
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