Easily the best car Volvo builds, and that's saying a lot. When it comes to value for the dollar, the "Cross Country" can't be beat. There are certainly more expensive and less expensive options out there, but factoring the whole package, it's easy to see why this is such a popular car among middle-class and more affluent buyers. And there is no snobbery that goes with it, like some of those Bavarian makes. You can't go wrong choosing a Volvo "Cross Country".
Turbo-charged 5 cylinder - good performance with decent fuel economy. Rain Sensor Windshield Wipers - reduce driving distraction. GearTronic Transmission - Automatic convenience with manual control. Dual setting seat warmers - Need I explain?
Everything I would have liked to improve on my 2004, was effected in 2005. My loss, but the cosmetic changes were a positive.
Waited a very long time to buy a Volvo. Bought the CX in 2004 and wish I had bought one sooner.... really love the ride and the comfort! Just wish the windows were tinted a little darker or the sun visor was a little longer or had an extension like the Audi. Otherwise am very happy and plan on getting another, but now I know about the Sweden trip and will be flying to pick up the new one...
We live in Germany and regularly drive on the Autobahns in the XC70. We've even had it up to 122 MPH while late for a flight and it is rock solid. Vehicle noise is pretty low compared to our old Tahoe and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Been skiing in the Alps and had no trouble manuevering in snow, the Winter feature works great. Pirelli Scorpion STR tires are worth the money. The only thing I really don't like after all is the rain sensing intermittent wipers-- it never seems to be the right amount of wiping for lower speeds and light drizzle. I've been hit by a motorcycle and I've backed into a post and the repairs were expensive, but car was not totaled, unlike my friends cars.
The seats are really comfortable and I love being able to actually wear nice clothes and not climb up into an SUV.
Speed sensitive volume control, autodimming side view mirror, radio settings controlled by driver settings for key fobs, flip up rear glass and auto locking doors.
Went to Volvo in August 2004 after very unpleasant ownership regarding a Jeep Grand Cherokee LTD. The Volvo has good styling, interior appointments are good- exceptional (leather quality), with the seat comfort exceptional. Fair to good performance, with handling very good. There does appear to be certain "blind spots" when turning sharply or backing up. Interior noise levels are minimal.
Looks, reported reliability (no warrnty claims as yet), comfort, safety, dealer support and attention to service (best I have ever experienced!. Haven't used it yet, but the "W" (i.e. Winter) traction option control is slick.
Lack of "creature comfort" features that are standard with competition (i.e. full roof rack, tow hitch, passanger storage "what not" bins) driver interior "spare change" holder