Volvo understands the needs of station wagon buyers. This is not a sports car, it is a workhorse. It pulls my trailer with no problem. It is easy to fold down the rear seat and haul a lot of stuff. Example, my long wheelbase recumbent bicycle slides in easily with only the front wheel needing to be removed. There are adjustable tie down points for securing a load in the back, a nice detail. The controls are intuitive and everything is within reach and easy to use. The ride is quiet and the car is sure footed in bad weather. Attention to detail is excellent. Everything works, switches and controls have a nice tactile feel. A surprisingly nice car everyone who has experienced it agrees.
Really excellent ergonomics. My 5' wife finds it as comfortable as her 6' husband. The best seats in the business. Strong brakes. The fit and finish are second to none. State-of -the-art safety features. The all-inclusive service and warranty are very consumer friendly. The thing looks right.
The handling could be better. It replaced a 5 series BMW wagon that had much better suspension and the drive train is not as smooth either, but it is difficult to compare cars costing $20K less and not come up with a few shortfalls. Where is the temperature gauge? Overall this car is a winner.