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Pros: handling on road and lower center of gravity makes it feel like a sport car on stiroids
Cons: none at this time
Advice: Drive one and put through the paces. you can't bet itHandling is great with awd in snow. Has plenty of pick up and love the room. Had suv for past eight yrs. this car out does any thing a suv could do.
Pros: Road handling and safety
Cons: Maintenance cost and poor quality
Advice: Buy some other carBought a new 2000 V70AWD SE. LOved the car initially. The maintenance costs averaged 2-3K a year after the warrantly ran out. Had no end of electrical problems, ECT went out at 50K miles - $1,400, Transfer Differential at 60K miles - $4,000!!!. My mistake was not buying an extended warranty. Car handles well in poor road conditions- ice, snow, heavy rain. Cost of ownership is the killer. My first and last Volvo. Volvo's biggest mistake - selling out to FORD!!!
Pros: Ride comfort
Cons: Engine noise during rapid acceleration
Advice: If you can afford all the extras, get them!!I purchased a 2007 XC70 with most of the options on it, it is AWESOME!! It is singularly the most comfortable ride I've ever experienced in a vehicle. (Noticeably better than in the XC90, too rigid) Everyone I've had in the car agrees. The interior equipment is beautifully built and easy to use although reading your owners manual is a must. Acceleration, even on to the German Autobahn, is quick and easy. My gas mileage is not stellar but I am driving at speeds much faster than in the US. The ride, after acceleration, is quiet. Our conversation and stereo listening is easy without excessive volume. I easily fit four large adults comfortably although; a third adult in the backseat is a bit cramped. Recommend the leather, climate package, the DVD system, and the navigation. All these features make for a fun and easy travel experience.