We picked up our XC90 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo flew us over and back, picked us up at the airport, put us into a nice hotel, and provided a three course meal the day we arrived. After taking us to the factory , we met our new car. Our advisor went over the car with us. After a short test drive we had a Swedish meatball lunch followed by a factory tour. Even though this was a great experience, the fun started when we drove away from the factory. Over two weeks we put 2500 miles on the XC90. This car is the most comfortable I have ever had beginning with the seats to the individualized climate controls. We encountered just about every driving condition-city, highway, rain, snow, ice, hills, steep switchbacks, mud, and winding single and two lane roads. It handled everything effortlessly and confidently. There is generous passing power. The controls are intuitive and we found the Sensus touch screen very easy to use. We couldn't have made it through unfamiliar European cities without the excellent navigation system. The human-technology interface is seamless. We have had Chevrolet, Ford, and Cadillac SUVs and already the XC90 is my favorite. Since we just got it I have no idea about reliability or repair but it performed flawlessly. The worst thing is I have to wait for it to come home!
The XC-90 8T has a serious design problem. If the car sits long enough ( usually 7 to 8 days) the car goes into a sleep mode to protect the batteries. The result is the car is dead with no power available. The car must be entered using the manual key and the only way to start the car is to get a jump start. I am an international commercial pilot and go on long trips all the time. When I return I must get my airline's maintenance to give me a jump to start. Needless to say I am the joke of the airline and having to to this at 4am during blizzards in Chicago is a nightmare. I have a 1995 snow plow I can start after sitting 6 months but a new 84,000 Volvo XC-90 cannot sit 2 weeks how sad.The dealer has been great but Volvo has not provided any hopes for a fix. I am pursuing the Lemon laws for my state
We have very limited options for 3 row luxury SUV. Mercedes GLS is too big, BMW X5 3rd row is unusable. It boils down to XC90 and Audi Q7. Me and my wife both loved the exterior/interior of XC90. Eventually we ended up buying XC90 T8 Inscription with all possible options (MSRP was 85K, but we got good deal). Car is very quite and drives really nice and my wife swears for its handling. However I feel driving is boring. Acceleration is no where close to my Mercedes E350. May be I should not expect that but I want to let you know that don't get foll by 400hp rating. It is big/heavy car and you will notice it. It has about 15 miles electric only range and my wife loves electric only mode due to quietness (I feel it is sluggish in electric mode). in last 4 months I had to visit dealer twice. Once engine light came up and second because there is some rattling noise in center console. Dealer fixed engine light thing, but noise issue has not gone fully (it comes back only at certain speed). I feel it is due to air suspension and I have to live with it. I don't expect such thing in 85K car. If I have to buy again, I would buy T6, since it is 400lb lighter so will have better handling. T6 will be 15K cheaper too.
The pure electric is great if you live 7 miles from work like I do. I can charge it in 2.5 hours with a 240v outlet I ran myself for $100 in parts and the charge lasts both directions. Wish it was more but works for me.