George: Great write up; most comprehensive and detailed first drive/test drive that I've seen. And relatively impartial! You mentioned that you had an oportunity for some mountain driving. A couple of questions in that regard; how high did you get?; did you feel that the turbos adequately compensated for the altitude related power loss?; how did the T6 accelerate up a hill, out of a sharp, low speed corner?; and finally, how did you feel about the 4 speed geartronic? These are specific concerns of mine as I live at 5000', in the NC Mtns. Great review, keep up the good work. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>
George,<P>Excellent work on the write-up and pictures, very impressive. This is easily the best review on the net thus far.<P>Crystal Green Metallic is just beautiful IMHO...<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/resources/gallery/cars/02_xc90/xc90_1stdrive/large/15.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/resources/gallery/cars/02_xc90/xc90_1stdrive/large/17.jpg"> <P>-Drew
I thought the color was pretty attractive in person. It's subtle, but handsome.<P>Thanks for the compliments guys. On Mountain driving, I don't think we changed all that much in elevation. The good thing about the XC90 is that it makes use of turbochargers though. Forced induction typically minimizes the loss of power at high altitudes. As far as I know, the XC90 is the only turbocharged SUV on the market at thist ime isn't it?
Actually not; the VW Touareg is reportedly going to include a V10 TDI with over 500 lb/ft of torque. It, BTW, is my other choice, providing the price is not out of sight. It remains to be seen if they bring it in or not. VW is a little more close to the chest, where new models are concerned, however the timing is roughly the same. They, unfortunately, don't offer an overseas delivery program, which is what I'm counting on to make the XC90 affordable in 2004.<P>
Great job, George. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><BR>Beautiful pix, as well.<BR>The Crystal Green Metallic XC90 with the cladding is Georgeous! The cladding looks much better than I thought it would.<BR>Did you get to drive a model with the 18" wheels as well as the 17"? If so, do the 18's ride harsher than the 17's since they have a shorter sidewall? <P>
I didn't drive the car with the 18s. All of our T6 cars (the black ones were all T6) had the 17, which is not how they'll be outfitted stateside I believe. Here the T6 should have the 18. Anyway, I think that'd clear up some of the tire roll I experienced.<P>BTW, something I forgot to include in the article, I had been driving a 2002 V70 XC the week before and it seemed to be more loosely sprung than the XC90. As luck would have it, I was driving with the designer of the XC90's exterior and I asked him what he thought. He agreed, so I'm guessing it was not just in my head.
Thanks.<BR>So the ride was nice & tight? That's good, I like a cushy ride, but I don't want it to be sloppy.<P>I forgot to ask - How did you like the comfort of the front seats? My wife is big on cushy, comfortable seats - that's what sold her on our Grand Cherokee - the leather seat package in that is very comfortable, bordering on too soft. We had to overlook some cars last time we were shopping because the seats were too hard & "lumpy". So this would be a big selling point in our case. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>
I found them to be on par with the rest of Volvo's lineup. They hold you, but they're not firm. I also own a VW Golf with GTI interior, and those are some firm seats. Volvo's tend not to have as pronounced bolsters, but surprisingly hold you in very well just the same.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by mpeng168:<BR><B>i really like the european license plates...</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Swedish plates, strange to see them on photos from the US <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif">
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by [email protected]:<BR><B>Yes, these were all built to US spec, but used Swedish plates for some reason. They were all preproduction.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>They had tobring them in with Swedish plates as these cars have not been EPA and crash-certified, yet. So, a foreign manufacturer is allowed to bring in a certain number of pre-production units "for demonstration and weather testing" only and only for a period not to exceed 12 months. That is the only way these cars can clear customs. As a result, they will have to bear plates of the country of origin.<P>There are a few S60 Rs and V70 Rs in AZ with S"v"edish license plates... <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>Yannis<BR><P>
now i'm torn...to V70 t5 <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"> or to XC90 t6 <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">...if more new models come out, how will i decide?<P>i'd even consider european delivery just to get those cool looking european plates! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>[This message has been edited by mpeng168 (edited 08-29-2002).]<p>[This message has been edited by mpeng168 (edited 08-29-2002).]
There are a couple of websites that will do customs jobs for about $25 or so. Sometimes you can get lucky on Ebay and find a Swedish plate, but most of them are German.<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.germanstuff4you.com/plates/pointplate.jpg"> <P>-Drew