Volvo XC90 2.4 D5 AutomaticDriver report
Posted 03 March 2013 - 06:48 PM
So, needing 7 seats and looking no further than another Disco 3 it was a top gear repeat and the wife asking "what about a volvo" while Clarkson raved on about "the discovery 3 is the BEST in the WORLD, unless you don't want off road and then the XC90 is just as good"....
So the Audi sold and the quest to find a new tugboat began....requirements; 7 seats, self levelling suspension, 2000kg tow capability, the usual toys etc etc....after a short search I decided a new shape X5 was out of the price range, as was a later D3 HSE. So I went to Hyundai and looked at a santa fe 7 seater, quite nice but no boot with the 3rd row of seats up. XC90 thrust to the front !!
After looking around I found a privately owned (volvo sales director owned) car darn sarf...a metallic grey SE Lux with all the toys, it had been a dealer demo from new. With 44k on the clock and a towbar fitted with volvo's clever tailer module in place I struck a deal and drove home.
Solo.....well it's no drag racer that's for sure !! I am getting late 20's around town, late 30's on a motorway run.
Towing....can't fault it so far, I am not 100% convinced with the front wheel drive / four wheel drive scenario where the back ones dont work until the fronts loose grip...which could be too late, alas it's worked so far and twice I have been in a sticky position.
So 3500miles in to ownership I am very happy, it ticks the boxes and whilst the Audi A8 was a better car for driving and the Disco 3 was a better car off road I cannot fault the volvo too much as it hasn't failed yet...
Only complaint....it's a personal one too; the 185BHP 5cyl felt flat before the remap, but thats just me....
Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:33 PM
I know how Phil1041 loved his XC90, as has every single other owner of them I have met over recent years, and to be honest, I have never ever heard a single bad word said about them.
So although it is no match for your beloved A8, my Christ it is a 'B' good car that you have chosen Nick and leaps and bounds better than the Hyundai you were thinking of (IMHO).
Posted 04 March 2013 - 10:34 PM
Posted 05 March 2013 - 12:40 PM
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright, until you hear them speak.
Posted 05 March 2013 - 09:32 PM
It's driving much more my style already....spit and polish at the weekend and we're cooking on gas !
Posted 06 March 2013 - 06:42 AM
A happy chappy then
Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:45 AM
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