hello everyone!<p>i'm going to get a new car next month and i'm currently deciding between the XC90 2.5T and S60R to replace a very old lexus RX. i'm having trouble deciding between the two. they are two very different cars, but i really do like them both.<p>my first major concern is winter performance. i live in toronto and there's basically snow on the ground for half of the year <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> i'm confident that an XC will do fine on snowy/icy roads, but i'm not so sure about the R. i have to commute downtown everyday so traffic and weather are very real and serious problems. i have michelin X-Ices on my suv now so i don't feel a thing when cruising through the snow.<p>on the other hand, i do still get six months of blazing hot sun, and so some extra power wouldn't hurt. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> i'm not really a hardcore performance kinda guy, but i do need some power sometimes. i tested the XC90 2.5T '06 a few weeks ago and it seems to be a bit lacking in power. i've heard that a new 3.2 XC90 will be out for '07 but i don't really wanna wait so long. i haven't forgotten about the V8, just that it's more expensive with the added options compared to an R which is quite fully loaded.<p>my next concern is reliability. this purchase will have to last me for a good 10 years or so. my current car used to be to my father's, and at 8 years/150000km, i really only visit the service guys for regular oil changes and such. i'm not sure if an S60R will be so problem free for the duration of my ownership - especially because it's a performance vehicle. my mother had frequent problems with her old S80 T6 (roof leaks in car wash, car stuck on incline, ignition not starting, etc). i've looked through this forum, and there seems to be lots of minor problems with this car which is making me think twice about an R, despite how everyone says it's a perfectly fine everday commuting car.<p>we're currently on our fifth volvo, an '04 S80 2.5T AWD, so i know how amazing and safe volvo's are. i'm just having some trouble deciding which one will be our next. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> any suggestions/experiences would be much appreciated. thanks.