2009 Volvo XC90 AWD 3.2 I6

Summary:

Impossible to let it go!

Faults:

Nothing. Come on; it's only 2.5 years ;)

General Comments:

Cons: It's a little hard on gas, even for an AWD SUV.

Pros: Everything else! It has a kind of soul you hardly find in other ones. It's not a car you fall in love with in a test drive; you just love it more at the end of every week!

I am wondering how much I spent on those crappy Japanese cars I used to own, and everybody calls them reliable! On the other hand, a Volvo bill may be high, but you rarely will have one. Don't tell me it will start after 4 years; my experience with Toyota & Nissan says it may begin during the very first year too...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th April, 2011

14th Apr 2011, 09:20

It's good to hear these comments. Volvo's have soul. It's hard to say what or why, but their personality's grow through. My S60 is like that - every time I drive it, I see it as being more than a car. I have an agreement that I will look after the car as long as it looks after me - and it does :-) BMW's may be sportier, Merc's may be more exclusive and Lexus may be more reliable (Don't know how though, my S60 hasn't exactly been unreliable!)... but I wouldn't trade mine in for one. Drive a Volvo for longer than just a few miles and you'll see what I mean...

1st Dec 2011, 15:42

I own a 2.5T 2006 XC90 with 70,200 miles - as of 01 Dec 2011 - and I love it. It has an incredible ride, extremely comfortable front seats, lots of cargo space, 7 passenger seating, and great maneuverability for a 4500 lbs car -- What's not to like? I look forward to driving it everyday. In 2 years of ownership, I've had only one major maintenance problem -- right front bearing/$450 to repair.

I feel sorry for BMW X5 and Lexus RX drivers, and drivers of other luxury midsize SUVs. They don't know what they're missing. My mother has a Lexus RX, and she likes my XC90 better.

PS. Most of the XC90 'bugs' were worked out by 2006, and online reviews improve considerably from 2006 onward.