Pros Comfortable luxury with room for family vacations
Cons Volvo safety is an empty promise in my experience
Summary We bought an XC90 in 2003 and think it a perfect family SUV.
A NOTE OF CAUTION -- our XC90 has developed serious safety problems. In our case, the AWD system malfunctions without any warnings to the driver and causes the vehicle to drive very erratically. The problem was confirmed by a dealer six month ago, but neither they nor Volvo can fix it. Turns out my XC90 doesn't report any diagnostic codes for the AWD failures. The dealer and Volvo have replaced lots of items, including the AWD transmission, but my XC90 is still broken.
The Volvo regional manager for my area says all he's willing to do is keep trying to fix it. He doesn't seem to care that I'm driving an unsafe example of what's supposed to be the safest SUV in the world. IF YOU OWN OR BUY AN XC90 MAKE SURE YOU REPORT A SUSPECTED AWD PROBLEM DURING YOUR NEXT SERVICE CALL, or you may be stuck with your XC90 if it develops this problem after it's out of warranty -- just as I am now.
My proposed Volvo tagline -- Safest cars in the world. Unless the one we built you has safety problems we can't fix. Then you are on your own.
Pros Strong engine performance, excellent seats, very good location of controls, very good sound, 7 seater is a plus
Cons it is an SUV and has gas mileage of an SUV -however, the V8 gets almost the same mpg as our former Pilot's V6
Summary As above- it is a perfect combination of luxury, usability and driving experience. Don't forget the best rating in safety -You may never use the safety features, but if you need them -they are there.
Pros GAS MILEAGE, style, seats, storage, safety
Cons nothing yet
Summary I just recently upgrade my wife to the XC90 V8 from the discontinued T-6 version. What an amazing difference in performance and ride comfort! She'll call me every couple of days telling me how much more she loves the vehicle and how safe she feels driving our daughter around. I love driving it on the weekends! And it get better gas mileage then the 6 cyl. She has bluetooth for her cell phone in the car that's offered as a dealer accessory. A true must for ultimate convience! Great Job Volvo!!
Pros Easy to drive, safe, nice interior, safe
Cons A Couple of problems first 3000 miles
Summary I got this car for my Mom as a daily driver. I wanted to get her a safe car that was easy to handle. She loves the car. There was a few problems the first couple of months. The cd changer jammed up, and the battery completely died; other than that it has been a good car. I don't really like driving the car however. I am 5'10" and it's a little ackward to see out some of the windows. The pillars around the windshield are a little hard to see around when you are slightly tall. The headrests are hard to see around as well. My Mom, who is 5'5", can see fine for some reason how ever. Wierd.