Comparing to 2002 V70XC I traded in for it, it's a mixed bag.
Interior feels much more luxurious and refined; also appears somewhat roomier.
Exterior design mostly improved on the previous generation, except for those silvery things around fog lights.
Actually on mine - painted Electric Silver - they look OK, but on darker cars they're outright out of place.
The engine - 3.2 inline 6 - is nominally more powerful than the T5 on previous generation, but feels not as peppy as the older one.
Gas mileage is not as good, too.
The transmission feels more smooth-shifting and refined.
The suspension is tuned more towards ride comfort rather than spirited driving style.
Everything except the engine.
BLIS actually already saved me from quite a few angry honks and finger salutes.
A fine car. Comfy, functional, powerful, attractive, high quality, safe, and nearly a bargain compared with other "wagons". It replaced my wife's 1996 850 wagon- which I never liked--
and we bought it with European delivery for about $40k (with climate, convenience, incl taxes and license). We put about 3k mi on it in Europe and averaged, according to the display, 24.4 mi/gal. (But $140 fill ups are very painful).
The mpg was a pleasant surprise considering the EPA rating (22 mpg hwy) and some of the reviews.
Effortless cruising at 200 kph on the Autobahn. Overall, almost as impressive as my BMW 335i E92 but they're much different beasts.
Volvo has read my mind- all my "issues" with my 2008 standard XC70 have been completely corrected in the 2011 T6 model.
It is absolutely worth the extra $ for the turbo version.
I traded in my 2008 and a 2008 BMW M3 on this Volvo and I don't miss the BMW at all because the new Volvo is so much fun to drive.
The best of both worlds.
Way to go, Volvo!
The turbo is quiet, smooth, and gives the big car the perfect amount of get up and go.
Volvo has improved their Tiptronic and it is now quick and responsive.
The coolest thing is that when you flip over into Tiptronic, the engine actually puts out a little bit more power, which is perfect.
The BLIS system's quirks have been resolved and I haven't had it malfunction in low light or rain as it did in my 2008.
The brakes are finally big enough for the vehicle and they switched back to traditional suspension, which is still very comfortable but can be customized if one would like a stiffer ride.
Overall, I absolutely love it.
Nothing major at all.
However, more power ports up front would be nice.
I have the technology package with the feature that warns of impending collision and with lane departure warnings.
Sometimes the glare of the collission warning light module is at a less than ideal place on the windshield, but I am not sure how else they would place the warning lights where they need to be.
I'm getting better mileage in the Turbo than I ever did in my standard 2008 model (a small improvement), but I'm surprised they couldn't squeeze out a few more MPG with current technology.
20 MPG in mixed highway/back road driving seems a little unimpressive, but then it is a big car with AWD... so ??