|Quote, originally posted by tayk47 »|
|I have a new S40 and love it, and am trying to talk my parents into getting an XC90. What do you guys suggest...is the Volvo good? Should we give the VW and audi a look?|
|Time has come to replace the Touareg which I have had a love/hate relationship (lately, it has been more love) and could not convinced the wife to look at the new Q7. Our needs have changed with the addition of 2 new twins to the family. The double stroller occupies ALL of the cargo space in the Egg. We considered the MDX (had an 01 - perfect, but no soul), Tahoe/Escalade (too bulky), Q7 (wife thought it was uglier than the Touareg), Armada/QX56 (very ugly according to the Mrs), and the Merc GL450. We actually have a GL on order, but the price (>$70k with all the goodies) was going to be a sting. Came upon the latest Volvo incentives and decided to look at the XC90V8. Currently Volvo is running a 24 mos lease with money factor at .00001 and residual of 74%. It was too hard to pass up, and when they included a tax credit I caved in.|
Interior- The Egg interior is much nicer in appointments and finish. The volvo is rather bland and the wood material looks like K-car plastic. The XC90 seating is much better though, with more comfortable seats in both rows and hassle-free folding of the 2nd row. I have replaced no less than 6 sets of rubber tabs on my second row seats in the Egg. Volume wise there is also no comparison. The Xc90 is cavernous.
Electronics - Stereo on the XC also has Prologic II with a center channel, and the steering controls cruise the presets on the FM instead of seek! The Egg stereo has more bass though - quite excellent in that regard. Nav also is easier to use, with steering wheel controls or a separate remote on the XC90 and the viewing angle is easier and less distracting for driving. It is also DVD based, but on 2 dvds. Egg dash has more infor accessible in its menus, and the finish is top quality (its borrowed for usage on the bently and the gallardo!).
suspension/steering - the airsuspended EGG has been great, and makes towing a real pleasure. The XC90 is much softer and more compliant, and has rear auto leveling but I have yet to tow with it. Steering wise, no comparo. The Egg feels much tighter and responsive.
Engine/tranny - toss up. The Egg motor is strong, but I have had numerous issues with the transfer case/stepper motor, lag of death, cold start hesitation on engagement. Throttle tip in also has always been difficult to modulate. The XC90 is much smoother, the motor is actually stronger and has less to haul. throttle is easier to modulate although it is a bit like molasses.
Exterior- The Egg is a sexy beast. the XC90 is forgettable, if not more rugged looking.
In the end, I have enjoyed the Egg more than loathed it, but it is time to move on.
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|Exterior- The Egg is a sexy beast. the XC90 is forgettable, if not more rugged looking.|
|Quote, originally posted by AccuView »|
Couldn't disagree more. For me, the Touareg does nothing. It just similar to any other VWs. The XC90s, on the other hand, I find very attractive. http://********************/smile/emthup.gif
Different strokes for different folks! http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif
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|Also the Mercedes ML will run rings around the Q7 and XC90 for similar money.|
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|Yannis, will the GL have leather seats for that price point?|