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Great unbiased <A HREF="http://www.newcartestdrive.com/review-intro.cfm?ReviewID=1216" TARGET="_blank">review</A> and they picked the 2.5T over the T6!<br> <BR><BR>
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Re: New Car Test Drive of XC90 (crikey)

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Great unbiased <A HREF="http://www.newcartestdrive.com/review-intro.cfm?ReviewID=1216" TARGET="_blank">review</A> and they picked the 2.5T over the T6!<br> <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Nice article.<p>Does not surprise me (the 2.5T pick); I am telling you...the 2.5T will sell the most once people start test-driving the XC90. Despite the fact that the vast majority of pre-orders have been toward the T6.<p><br>Yannis
 

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Price Difference between T6 and 2.5T

The price difference between a base T6 and a similarly equipped 2.5T (with Premium Package and 17" wheels) is only $1800. Would that price difference be enough to opt for the 2.5T and not get the T6? To me, $1800 does not seem a lot to get the bigger engine.
 

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Re: Price Difference between T6 and 2.5T (crikey)

I think the emerging preference for the 2.5T has more to do with a pleasing experience and driving feel. If one doesn't need the extra torque of the larger engine, why pay the extra money, and put up with the poorer fuel economy? My initial take was that I wanted the larger engine, but I'm becoming convinced that I will opt for the 2.5T AWD, with the premium pkg. Considering that the turbo will compensate for altitude, the 25.T will have almost as much (if not more) power as my ML430 @ 5000'. If Volvo comes up with a 5 or 6 speed tranny, for the 6 cyl., by the time I'm ready to buy, that may change the picture. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emhammer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Price Difference between T6 and 2.5T (kullenberg)

Pat,<p>I agree with Crikey. If you add t0 2.5T AWD all options that T6 has, the price difference is not much. <p>But if you need just 5 seater, go for 2.5T AWD without a sunroof, leather seats - especially in a cold area maybe like yours, and/or some others. It will save you a lot.<p>For me, I don't have choice, but for T6 with the same reason that Crikey mentioned. I need to have 7 seats. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Price Difference between T6 and 2.5T (patriot)

If I go for the 7-seater, the T6 would be my choice too. But, if I only wanted a 5-seater, it would seem cost-beneficial to negate the Premium Package and get the 2.5T with 17" rims. But then, one cannot get leather on its own (unless OSD). Really confusing...I'll just wait until I can testdrive the vehicle to pass judgment.<p><BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Pat,<p>I agree with Crikey. If you add t0 2.5T AWD all options that T6 has, the price difference is not much. <p>But if you need just 5 seater, go for 2.5T AWD without a sunroof, leather seats - especially in a cold area maybe like yours, and/or some others. It will save you a lot.<p>For me, I don't have choice, but for T6 with the same reason that Crikey mentioned. I need to have 7 seats. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
 

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Re: Price Difference between T6 and 2.5T (patriot)

I've priced out a 2.5T, and the 6 cyl, both being 5 seaters, and with the options I would want, and they are about $2000 apart, maybe a little less. I think the 2.5T will be more than adequate for 2 people, and occasionally, 2 small dogs. Driving both will tell the tale, but based on the reports, it sounds like the smaller engine will do fine. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I was surprised to learn that it has a lower center of gravity than a V70. Also, that slide-forward center seat in the 2nd row is kind of neat. It says it doesn't go all the way flush with the front seats, but that is a neat feature that it even goes forward at all. I've never seen anything like that! Cool. (And you guys are some lucky dudes, getting to buy/lease one of Volvo's newest offerings!) <p>As for why they don't have LATCH in the 2nd row center seat, perhaps it's because it slides forward (thereby putting that tiny passenger in harms way when it comes to airbag deployment)? I dunno. Just a thought. The cynic in me says it probably <I>is</I> a cost issue, but the Volvo enthusiast says maybe it's a safety concern. My two cents... <BR><BR>
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I was surprised to learn that it has a lower center of gravity than a V70. <p>I'm not sure that is correct. Other articles I have read stated that the XC90's gravity center was 3.5 inches higher than the V70's and that the seat height was 6.5 inches higher.
 

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So the CG is 3.5" <I>higher</I>? That makes a lot more sense. The article above must be mistaken.<BR><BR>
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>So the CG is 3.5" <I>higher</I>? That makes a lot more sense. The article above must be mistaken.<br><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><br>Yeah, the article does say that -- Page 2, 3rd paragraph of Walkaround. Interesting how a vehicle that is 3.5" higher can have a lower center of gravity. I'm not sure how that was figured out since I'm no expert on it. Can anyone prove/disprove this?<BR><BR>
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