Honestly, I'd take any mini-van over any SUV or crossover.
There is just something honest and utilitarian about s minivan. It's not trying to save an image of offroading or performance driving. It's just the ultimate pragmatic expression of "I have 4 kids and I need to get **** done" and I have a great deal of respect for that.
That's what the Volvo brand used to be about. Pragmatism and utilitarianism above all else.
Former Volvo CEO Pehr G. Gyllenhammar used to swear that over his dead body would Volvo ever become a luxury brand. It was all about families, safety, utilitarianism and pragmatism. Now they are trying to be just another Mercedes/BMW/Audi, and it is a bit sad. The brand has lost its soul.
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In a way, although they never sold one, the minivan is the most Volvo thing ever. A vehicle that screams "I am no longer a man-child that craves such silly things as sporty handling, head turning looks or ridiculous luxury features. I am a family man. The only thing that matters is the safety of my family, and I am buying a vehicle dedicated to transporting them and getting the groceries, and I am damn proud of that!", just like Volvo used to.
Although it is tragically mostly dead, there is still a little Volvo left in the company. The integrated pop-up booster seats available in the back seats of some models is about as Volvo as it gets. An innovation that makes family life a little easier. Just like when they were the first company to equip their cars with fold down rear seats for transporting more crap in the trunk, back in the day.
Sadly that Volvo and its strong true no-no sense brand identity is going away, and it is being replaced with a bland Audi wannabe. This is what happens when you sell your soul to
Just wanted to say really enjoyed your comment. Maybe that's why I gravitated to Volvo... my v70r has some practicality of our mini-van, but enough boost to put a smile on my face...
Roll on @mattlach
Although BMW and Mercedes seem to have little trouble shifting them.Wagons make sense if we can talk our wives into them. But sadly sedans are nearly lost in the market today.
In our recent experience buying the V60CC, one of the sales manager made an off-hand comment about how they needed to sell our car to get more SUVs on the lot. We didn't even have to bother negotiating the list price of the car because they instantly lowered it 20% (it was above average to begin with). They're a small-ish dealership, they can maybe fit 40-50 vehicles on their lot at once. Everything was already packed to the brim and there were no sedans on the lot with the exception of a few V60CCs (No S60/S90/V60/V90). As soon as our car was sent to detailing, they filled the parking spot with an XC90. Almost everyone else there at the same time as us was buying an SUV.I blame dealerships for lackluster wagon sales in the US. The wagons on the lot are rarely high-spec. If Volvo wants to compete with the Germans, they need some impressively-spec'd wagons on the lot. I'm not cross-shopping Subarus. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be able to order a loaded 2022 V60CC (the recent updates to the configurator makes me nervous).
I'm a long-time Audi enthusiast, and I was really excited about the A4 allroad, but they're never on the lot. And a "Prestige" trim is nowhere to be found in the US (searching on Edmunds). On top of that, the lease rates suck for the allroad, especially compared with the Q3/Q5/Q7.
Mercedes offers an excellent wagon, but it's also nowhere to be found, special order only, over-priced, and with terrible lease rates.
I want a wagon with vented seats. I want the top-notch sound system. I want utility. I don't want an appliance. But dealerships are stuck on ordering SUVs.
If they bring them to the lot, people would buy them.
My local dealer had 14 V90 wagons on the lot as one point in the 2019 model year. As of now, he has four left from that model year. For me, as much as I like wagons, the price point needs to be appropriate. Paying close to MSRP would have been a nonstarter for me. Aside from the obsession with SUVs and CUvs (which are no more than tall wagons), the difficulty is that wagons are similarly priced to the XC60 and in some cases, the XC90Acatcnyc, I own a V90 Inscription T6, so I share your wagon enthusiasm. However, I suspect that even if dealers had some traditional (i.e., non-lifted/non-CC) wagons on the lot, my guess is most would still buy an SUV. Often, people mention the raised seat height as a feature they like. For me, I like the low-to-the-ground driving dynamics of my V.
Interesting. Of the 14 on the lot, how many were Inscriptions versus CCs or Rs? My guess is most were CCs, with a smattering of Rs.My local dealer had 14 V90 wagons on the lot as one point in the 2019 model year. As of now, he has four left from that model year.
Don’t know the Inscription vs R Design breakdown, but none were cross countries.Interesting. Of the 14 on the lot, how many were Inscriptions versus CCs or Rs? My guess is most were CCs, with a smattering of Rs.
My focus is on the "traditional" wagon, having a sedan-like comfort and driving characters, combined with additional storage space. IMO, the CC is not a "traditional" wagon, due to its SUV height and body cladding, while the R's front seats and large/low profile tires substitute comfort for performance.
I live in Central NJ and took ownership of my factory ordered 2020 V90 Inscription T6 AWD in June of 2020. Since then, driving primarily in NJ, eastern PA, CT and northeast MA, I have yet to see even one other Inscription on the road. In my nearby (four) central NJ dealerships, I haven't noticed any new or used Inscriptions for sale there, either, when I do occasionally look. I have noticed a very few, new, Inscription for sale at non-NJ Volvo dealerships (primarily Manhattan Volvo, and in MD). Perhaps it depends on where one lives and timing.
Interesting and very surprising.Don’t know the Inscription vs R Design breakdown, but none were cross countries.