I recently traded my '06 BMW M3 convertible in for this SUV. I needed the space for our new baby. My rating is slightly lower on performance and fun to drive just based on the fact I have a hard time not comparing it to the M3 - totally different vehicles, but I'm still having a little separation anxiety. I do love this SUV. I did my research and really found this to be the best bang for the buck and it is. I have been a german car owner and vowed to never buy anything else... well Volvo won me over! The Volvo XC90 is fantastic!
The comfort and size are very impressive. The safety ratings and feature are hands down one of the best out there. I love the built in booster seat for the little one in the near future.
I was a little shocked at how poor the gas mileage is and having to use premium gas is really a killer. They offer a maintenance plan for purchase, it's a minimal cost in the big picture and worth it, however, it would be nice if it was included!