2013 Volvo XC90 3.2 liter from North America
Swedish bank vault on wheels
The blower motor for the HVAC system went out 6 months into ownership. It was promptly replaced.
The B pillar fabric wears too quickly when the seatbelt hits it. Design flaw that you will have to learn to live with.
This car is well built. You can feel it when you close the door, and it makes a thud and sounds like the air is being sucked out of the inside.
The leather seats on the upgraded seats are some of the most comfortable I have ever sat in. I have taken several 4 hour road trips, and my Audi seats kill me. These are plush and supportive.
The classic look of this car will never get old. They are redesigning the car and it will arrive in dealerships in late 2014. I bought this car in mid 2012, fully aware of this. I anticipate that the XC90 will age well, like the old 240 wagons.
The bendy lights are cool. The LED lights in back are a nice change for 2013, as is the color matched painted plastic molding.
Acceptable highway mileage.
The AWD system is quite good.
The center stack is well laid out, but archaic.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th November, 2013
26th Oct 2014, 13:51
Original poster here:
One year since my last review. Nothing has gone wrong since the last review. The car has 19,000 miles on it. The stock tires are going to need to be replaced in about 6 months, which is disappointing, but that isn't a Volvo issue.
We have twins on the way, in addition to a 2 1/2 year old and we expect this XC90 to last us for years. We are half way done paying it off and once we do, I don't plan on replacing it until the kids outgrow it. But this will be sometime around 2020 is my guess. This is the only car I have had in a long time where I didn't want something new after a year or two.
XC90s are literally everywhere in my neighborhood and I can see why. Many of them are beaten up with family wear and tear, shopping cart dings, but to me, that makes them even more charming, like a trusty pair of sneakers or blue jeans.
27th Oct 2014, 19:35
The design of the XC is a classic - the new one is out, but the one you have has more character, detail, and charm. The new one is a bit too austere. Please do keep us informed of your experience, or anything that goes amiss.
9th Mar 2016, 14:12
Original poster here...
It has been 18 months since I last posted. We have had nothing go wrong over that time, and now have about 35,000 miles on the car. We also have twins in addition to a 4 year old. The 4 year old sits in the very back and the twins are in the middle seat. The ability to reconfigure the seats was well thought out and much appreciated. You can tell this car was designed with kids in mind. The amount of room when the seats are all the way is down is amazing. There is plenty of room for everyone, which makes us question our original plan of replacing this car in a few years with a Tahoe/Expedition. We will probably drive this car until the wheels fall off, and I think with proper maintenance we can do that.
The car is still rattle free. The upgraded leather is holding up well.
We did replace the Continental tires with Bridgestone Alenza Dueler 422s. We have about 6 months on those tires and they make the ride a lot better. They wear much better than the Continentals that came with the car from the factory. The traction on the snow, ice and heavy rain is quite good on these tires. I think I paid $1,000 US for those tires installed. I would buy them again.