Owned for a few months now and no problems. As noted I would like to see better technology in this car like a modern nav and stereo. The safe and sound warranty is great. All service including oil,brakes rotors, wear and tear etc (except tires) are covered for 5yr/60k 91 octane is recommended but hard to find so I use 93. You can use 87 but I notice a lack of power with the 3.2 engine. Overall, I love this SUV. It is sharp looking and safe. No new design appears in the works until 2012.
Safety features Exterior Styling Safe & Sound warranty All-wheel drive.
Technology- Volvo is lacking in the XC90 with technology compared to it's competitors. Bluetooth looks like a doorbell on the dashboard. Should be integrated in steering wheel. Outdated dashboard.
We purchased the Volvo XC90 in November 2009. We replaced a 2004 Ford Expedition in order to downsize and gain a little better fuel economy. Pros: The interior and exterior quality and styling of the vehicle is excellent. The leather seats are the best quality/most comfortable of any vehicle I have owned. The vehicle is exceptionally quiet and drives very smoothly at cruising speeds. Cons: The acceleration of the vehicle is a little jerky from start to about 30 mph. It is very noticeable as the vehicle's automatic transmission shifts gears. I think the 6 cyl standard engine is a little undersized for this vehicle. Also the gas mileage is disappointing at average 20 MPG (17 MPG city).
Quiet/smooth riding. Sound insulation is excellent. Excellent visibility. Excellent quality, comfortable leather seats. Standard stereo is excellent. Split tailgate is very handy.
Not clear if jerky acceleration at slow speeds is engine or transmission issue, but needs to be addressed. Gas mileage needs to be improved relative to Toyota/Honda competitors. Storage inadequate (glove box/center console). Gauges lettering too small to read easily.
I bought this primarily because I believe, based on an in-depth research, it is the safest SUV around. I looked at the data behind the NHSA and IIHS's ratings in addition to some detailed rollover test results from something called JRS rollover test. I might have taken this safety stuff a little too seriously. However, looking beyond just the readily available ratings (which, in my opinion, would incorrectly indicate that other SUVs are just as safe as the XC90) revealed that Volvo's safety reputation in this case is well deserved. Other pluses: The interior is functional and flexible for our family of 4 (plus grand parents) and to my eyes, this SUV looks better than the others.
2010 Volvo XC90 3.2 R-Design 4dr SUV (3.2L 6cyl 6A)
I was apathetic about buying the XC90...too many of them on the road, until I saw the styling of the R-design package...definitely sets itself apart from the pack. The 5 year maintenance/wear and tear program and safety record was what ultimately sold me. Overall, very happy with the vehicle. Just wish it had better gas mileage. A few other minor annoyances like the brake pedal being too close to the gas pedal and the seats seem a bit narrow, but once you get used to these "quirks" they take a back seat to the overall value I think the vehicle offers.
Styling and design of the R series.
Gas mileage and space between gas and brake pedal. Remote tailgate opener.