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Looking to buy a Luxury Midsize SUV

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EP32k2 wrote:
Jan 5th, 2018 11:16 pm
It's not a secret. It's one of those brands where you either hate it or love it. It's an acquired taste.
I like Volvo, but the lack of dealers really doesnt help. Not much competition around here.
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U4IA wrote:
Jan 13th, 2018 12:07 am
I like Volvo, but the lack of dealers really doesnt help. Not much competition around here.
Agree. One in Calgary and it’s on the other side of the city from where I live. No thanks.
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Volvo has a pretty decent European Delivery program if you have some time to spare.

Two free round trip tickets to Scandinavia, a free night at a hotel, and a significant discount off MSRP.
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brutus99 wrote:
Jan 7th, 2018 11:10 pm
I guess I'm spoiled with my average at 5.7L/100km after 20K km's combined :) Not bad for a 7 seater Thumbs Up Sign
I'm not a fan of Volvo, but this is very impressive. I don't think there is another 7-seater that can even touch that.
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iflyplanes wrote:
Jan 13th, 2018 1:25 pm
I'm not a fan of Volvo, but this is very impressive. I don't think there is another 7-seater that can even touch that.
I wonder how the MDX Sport Hybrid does - Didn't Nissan also have a Pathfinder Hybrid for a while?
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AstulzerRSX wrote:
Jan 13th, 2018 1:40 pm
I wonder how the MDX Sport Hybrid does - Didn't Nissan also have a Pathfinder Hybrid for a while?
Based on fueleconomy.gov, it does 1-2 MPG better than the XC90. But I don't know when it will start selling in Canada. The XC90 actually uses a 2.0 turbo four, quite surprising.
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Want to like the XC 90, but price and reputation for recent reliability are concerns.
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iflyplanes wrote:
Jan 13th, 2018 1:43 pm
Based on fueleconomy.gov, it does slightly better than the XC90. The XC90 actually uses a 2.0 turbo four, quite surprising.
So that would be better than the XC90 T6 with the twincharged 4, but doesn't come close to the XC90 T8 with the plugin hybrid
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lpin14 wrote:
Jan 13th, 2018 1:45 pm
Want to like the XC 90, but price and reputation for recent reliability are concerns.
I love the interior styling and exterior design, and the safety from Volvo can't be beat either.
Statistically, however, the Volvo SPA architecture under the new XC90 has been quite unreliable to put it kindly.
https://www.truedelta.com/Volvo-XC90/pr ... ,2016-2017
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AstulzerRSX wrote:
Jan 13th, 2018 1:46 pm
I love the interior styling and exterior design, and the safety from Volvo can't be beat either.
Statistically, however, the Volvo SPA architecture under the new XC90 has been quite unreliable to put it kindly.
https://www.truedelta.com/Volvo-XC90/pr ... ,2016-2017
That is my problem with Volvo, they look nice and all, but tons of owners are reporting massive headaches with their new platforms. For the price, Lexus is obviously the better choice for long-term ownership, and I'd even throw Audi and BMW in there as they are improving in that regards as well.
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iflyplanes wrote:
Jan 13th, 2018 1:53 pm
That is my problem with Volvo, they look nice and all, but tons of owners are reporting massive headaches with their new platforms. For the price, Lexus is obviously the better choice for long-term ownership, and I'd even throw Audi and BMW in there as they are improving in that regards as well.
Yeah, Lexus is definitely the best choice for long term ownership. Wish they had Android Auto for real though.

Audi/BMW tend to be great until about year 6-7. I'd probably look towards Mercedes for longer term ownership.
BMW seems to have more design related engine issues from the get go (N63 V8, N54/55 I6s).
Audi seems to have some issues that reveal over time (electrical, EA888 RMS leaks that begin under warranty, etc)
Volvo has eh... well everything issues right now
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How is the 2018 Acura RDX elite? It’s pretty cheap with the 5000 cash rebate. Wife test drove it, said it’s not smooth. I didn’t like the dated interior and lack of bigger sunroof.
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iflyplanes wrote:
Jan 13th, 2018 1:25 pm
I'm not a fan of Volvo, but this is very impressive. I don't think there is another 7-seater that can even touch that.
I agree, I'm still surprised by these numbers myself and most likely will never go back a regular engine only car after this. Patiently waiting for a fully electric XC90 Smiling Face With Sunglasses

Regarding reliability, haven't had many issues and most of them were software related and fixed with software updates. Don't forget that these days cars are like computers on wheels literally and most issues they had at the beginning have been addressed. Mechanically the XC90 has been excellent! Had my share of issues with my former X5.
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There are some competitive/attractive leases on the GLC and X3 right now.

Your best bet is to test drive and spend some time with each yourself. That will give you the most accurate perception of what YOU like.

The Macan from my experience is the funnest one, but it costs more and leases horribly. Better as a finance candidate.
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rugerty100 wrote:
Jan 13th, 2018 3:46 am
Volvo has a pretty decent European Delivery program if you have some time to spare.

Two free round trip tickets to Scandinavia, a free night at a hotel, and a significant discount off MSRP.
How much additional discount is there for taking the ED vs not taking it? Considering a T8 design 60 or 90, what discounts have people been getting?

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