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.