Last vehicle was a 2004 Acura MDX. The XC90 has a better, with the V8, engine and transmission. Very comfortable with most of the controls in a good position. Only have 700 miles but have been averaging 19 mpg. Only driven it in the rain but the handling, while not sporty, is good. If you want a good overall SUV, this should be high on your list. Any BMW X5 will offer better handling and performance but doesn't have the cargo space.
Exterior style, tank like safety, split tailgate, exhaust sound (V8)
Need an auxilary input (iPod). The 2007 models do have this feature. Better cabin illumination (switches), Reduce the size of the key or should be Intelligent Key System, Offer cooled seats in V8 model, Back-up camera instead of ultrasonic system.
Traded an S40 for the XC90. Ride is superb for an SUV. Although under powered, the 2.5 Turbo does the job well. Lots of standard features plus received free incentives. Highway ride is wonderful. Was able to transition easily from the S40 to the larger XC90. Intimidating at first, but after the first trip, it's still a Volvo!
Never had a Moon Roof nor leather in a car. Boy, what I was missing! Air conditioning has greatly been improved in newer Volvos compared to the earlier 240s and 740s (I've owned 7 Volvos so far).
Has to be the engine. Not really interested in the v8 but I'm curious to see how the 6 cylinder will rate.
This is our 6th Volvo, but not necessarily our favorite. While the XC90 provides seating options that our V70 wagons and S70 and S80 sedans could not provide, the 2.5T engine is clearly underpowered for the weight of this vehicle. Gas mileage is POOR and would have been worse if we had chosen the V8. We love the safety features of this vehicle. It handles well and is roomy enough for our passengers--- mostly children.
Integrated booster seat in second row,split fold down seats, curtains extending to third row
larger engine, better fuel economy, easier access to third row seating
solid, safe and with surprising performance. did 20.6 mpg on an interstate trip of 800 miles [doing a steady 80].
engine is smooth, cruises at 80 mph at only 2300 revs, comfortable seats
lack of front storage space for sunglasses etc. No tape deck, a major problem if you have a lot of tapes that you like to play on long trips. I did solve this problem eventually-email me if you want to know how. The volvo people we No compass, and clock difficult to see-impossible for the passenegr