Absolutely wonderful car. Beautiful, comfortable, and sturdy. I may never buy anything but a Volvo again. City mileage is not so great, probably about 20mpg, but highway is amazing. From Frederick, MD to Cleveland, OH was 12 gallons - not even a whole tank! Back seat could use some more legroom and cupholders, but other than that it's perfect.
I bought this AWD Volvo wagon to replace a full size 4WD SUV. I knew I was compromising on size and ruggedness (esp ground clearance) but the mileage 18/25 sounded too good to pass up. My first trip was archery deer hunting where I got a ration of kidding from my hunting buddies about my new vehicle. Well. one day I did hit an impassable stretch for the XC70 that my truck would have made. This led to about a quarter mile walk I otherwise would not have had to make. Overall however, it got me 80% of the places a full size pick up would have gotten me, and farther than a 2WD truck would get. I did have to go a little slower as I didn't want to knock it around quite as much as my friends were willing to do. At the end of the trip I had averaged almost 25 mpg and spent exactly half as much money on gas on a 1000 mile trip as all my buddies. It made the kidding about my sissy car a lot easier to take!
Researched heavily prior to purchase, so I knew what I was getting into. Recently got into a big accident (my '10 Cadillac SRX got tatalled), so safety was definitely a priority. PROS: 1. Great cabin. Most comfortable car seats I've ever experienced and very quiet. Lots of glass give more airy atmosphere. 2. Simple yet high quality interior fittings (some may think "outdated") 3. Sooo much room. Went 2 campings and my 5'5" wife slept in the flat rear comfortably. 4. Solid performance at high RMP (freeway)...AWD big plus going camping. CONS: 1. Drinks gas (AWD; good thing no premium fuel required). Avg. 18 MPG overall. 2. Drives heavy. Sluggish during stop N go (still trying to get used to it) 3. Weak AC. Front passengers are okay, but rear passengers have to deal with hot air from the cargo space. 4. My driver side seat is warmer (maybe something wrong w/ seat warmer) 5. Navigation is controlled with a remode. Really? 6. It's a wagon...not the sexiest thing (no one thinks it's a off-roading capable X-Country vehicle.) Conclusion: If you are family oriented and goes on lots of trips w/ kids and not your commuter, buy it. Don't need luxury brand (quieter, plusher) and want to save money? Buy Subaru Outback AWD.