My wife and I are very pleased with our 2012 XC90. Our last SUV was an MBZ ML 320 which is a very good vehicle. The price of the new ones, though, gave us pause.
In buying an SUV we considered seating capacity as a primary quality. We have 5 grandchildren locally. The performance comments concerned me. However, with the 7 speed automatic that manually shifts, there is more than ample performance, if one knows how to use a transmission.
The value, space, engineering and performance are all here.
Interior design, transmission/engine performance, finish and space. Runs on regular unleaded. Some models qualify for the preferential tax incentives.