I own an Infiniti FX35 which I really enjoy driving (280 HP). I bought my wife the Volvo XC70 so she would stop driving my FX. Guess what? She can have the FX, I love the XC70! The XC70 rides very smoothly, has plenty of power, especially at high speeds, has incredible grip especially in snow, and has a huge trunk. I like the look as well. I bought the premium package and the interior materials are very nice, the stereo is great too. The gas mileage is average, however. We don't have kids but Ii have no problem driving a station wagon. I grew up in Europe and station wagons are in there. Here, there is a stigma about driving a station wagon. Great ride.