Initial impressions: Excellent!
By Family of Four on
2008 Volvo XC90 V8 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl 6A)
Decided on Volvo for safety and built- in booster seat for toddler, luxury items, good 2 yr lease deal. Considered Mercedes M class for same money, but ride and comfort were the worst of any SUV I've driven. Very surprised. I even test drove the M-B three times, but to no avail. Acura MDX was more luxurious and had better bells/whistles, reliability, but lease deals were poor. Only stripped down MDX was offered as a deal, but adding options was costly! BMW X5 - too small and clunky doors- wife hated it! Man's car. Lexus RX was wonderful, but too small for our needs. Volvo has best safety record, but scary reliability. I got a 2 year lease since didn't want to live with a mistake for 3 years.
Built-in booster:convenience of having adult in 2nd row along with toddler & infant without juggling car seats. Nice interior - wood steering, BLIS, park assist, comfy front seats, push-button child safety locks, locking windows that lock rear windows only. Nice to be able to open windows up front.
Need lesson from Japanese on electronics. Poor built-in navigation; not user-friendly. Button controls impossible to tell if on/off - lighting is too faint. Poor door lock design - no toggle, just a push-button! Can't ever tell if doors locked/unlocked easily. Good thing for auto lock option.