Nice car, with a few shortcomings
By Carsten S on
2007 Volvo XC90 3.2 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 6A)
Overall, I am satisfied with the car. On many levels it compares well with other imported SUVs, and is more reasonably priced than many of them. The cargo room it provides is quite good. 2nd row seating is tight front and aft when the third row option is installed. Volvo has a very skimpy maintenance plan, comp. to others', just the first is free. Gas mileage: try as I might, never more than 17mpg. A BMW X3 is much quicker and with beter mileage. Reliability: the shift lever will not leave park on cold days for up to 1min. Even a "fix" didn't help. Traction: Problems with 4wd engagement led to recall, but mine still spins through in FWD on even just slightly wet surfaces. Very annoying
Controls for climate, sound, etc are laid out well, and once you know them, can be operated by touch without looking for them every time (many new cars don't have that any more). Under seat heating ducts for the back pass. Do not use these yet, but the kid-booster and third row are nice features
Gas mileage. Fix to the dynamic AWD engagement. This system is not nearly as good as BMW's xDrive. (I get up my steep driveway no sweat with the BMW X3, but takes 2-3 tries with the XC90 under same conditions.) Could be a bit quicker (prob. hard to do as it is a very solid car).