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.