Oh dear.. Oh dear, oh dear oh dear!!
The XC90 is a beautiful car.. No denying it!! However.. It is flawed!
We have the 163 bhp version, but that I suspect doesn't matter. The gearbox.. rubbish! Semi automatic.. should be OK.. but it wasn't!.. £2,500 later and it's still jumpy!!.. That said.. It never actually lets you die in the desert! It 'defaults' to safe mode.. '3rd' and will always get you back home..ish.
Foot/handbrake.. Nightmare!! Just a nightmare!! Stupid thing!! MOT failure.. and £500 to fix!!
The Volvo XC90 is a lovely looking car.. it really is. The seats are comfortable.. but not as comfortable as the V70xc's.
You can load the beast with more stuff than a person with lots of stuff needs to load!
It's very, very, very safe!! It is a tank without tracks. If you must crash.. This is the bus to crash in!! You will live... I can't speak for anything you hit.. But.. 'you and yours' will live to tell the tale!
The sat nav system... NO!.. Buy something else!
Off road... Hmmm.. It is no Landrover! Anything Japanese, remotely 4x4, will will trump it!!.. It will do moderate off road stuff.. but, basically, the XC90 is a HUGE estate car. It's an XC70 on stilts and steroids!
It is not quick! The V6 is fast.. and very thirsty.. the diesels are much better on fuel.
I don't like the XC90.. I could.. but it is not the super all singing all dancing Swedish glory box I was hoping for!! Disappointing and expensive to run, sadly.