"Volvo XC90 V8 nearly perfect in all respects"4.5 starson by abvbynd02
Pros: Gas Mileage, Safety, Comfort, Style, Power. For the price this is the SUV for the family or the driving enthusiast.
Cons: No Integrated Bluetooth (now a dealer option), needs a better choice of tires (currently on Michelin or Pirelli)
Summary: We test drove the original XC90 in Alameda California in 2003. On the test track the capabilities for this vehicle were awesome. When I heard that for 2005 they were adding a V8 and a 6-speed transmission, I knew this was the vehicle for me. Although I was planning on orginally getting a fully loaded T6, there was no question the V8 was the way to go. We have not been disappointed. The power when needed it unbelieveable (especially when you compare the price to the BMW X5 or the VW Toureg V10). The syling is pure Volvo and keeps the SUV looking unique in this "me too" looking environment. The handling is the best of any SUV in it's class. It can also tow 5,000 pounds. In a recent review in MotorTrend, it was compared to the new Mercedes SUV (circa -Chrysler Pacifica knockoff) and took 2nd place against a vehicle that was nearly twice ($90,000) the cost (and no towing or off-road capability). The safety is without question, you virtually cannot tip this SUV over. The Navigation System works great as do the Bi-Xenon headlamps. The Stereo system is great, but you must set all of your personal settings for best response. With nearly 10,000 miles on the vehicle, we are getting 22-23 MPG on the highway (in California), and between 16 and 18 in the city. Compared to our friend's that have a 2005 Sequoia V8 (with less horsepower), they have never seen better that 15 MPG on the highway. My only comment to those that do not like Volvo's, you will probably not like this vehicle either, because it is Volvo through and through. To date we are very please with our purchase and highly recommend this SUV to potential buyers. It is true that the early version of the XC90 had many software glitches, but that is true with the first release of most car models, that is why I waited until the 2005 V8 introduction. One final note I have taken this vehicle off-road (light off-roading, not deep mud and stuff like that), through small streams (12-24" deep), and dirt paths (both muddy and very dry and slippery) without any problems. Volvo has a winner in the XC90.