All - input appreciated on new vehicle options:
We currently drive a 2018 S90 Momentum (Silver/Amber) and our lease is about to expire. We chose this car partly because of our great experience with our 2014 XC60 R-Design (LOVE that car and engine...fun and very reliable, now with 100,000 miles) but MOSTLY because of the massive rear legroom. We have a tall family with two large, late teenage boys. We love sedans and there aren't many options that are truly long wheelbase (LWB) in the U.S.D.M. Even the Lincoln and Cadillac large sedan offerings don't offer this level of legroom. When we selected the car, I was EXTREMELY aggravated that Volvo didn't offer the R-Design trim in the U.S., so though we really like the utility and general aesthetics of the car, we've never really loved it. In particular, I really despise the T6 powertrain...this is a great sedan in search of an equally great 6 or 8 cylinder engine.
So, choices for 2020...
2018 BMW 640i Gran Turismo
So when looking for any and all LWB options for 2020, which are still slim, I remembered the quirky 2018-2019 BMW 640i Gran Turismo (it was discontinued in the U.S. market after 2019, but continues on worldwide - a refresh for the 2021 model was just unveiled). It is the replacement for the seriously awkward previous 5 series GT, but now rebranded as a 6-series and completely redesigned. It's essentially the 540i sedan mechanicals built on a 7-series platform, so it also has a HUGE amount of rear legroom. It is one of BMW's strange in-between, niche market cars: it's long wheelbase, but in a hatchback/fastback profile that some find awkward, but I find quite appealing. It adds a lot of utility without being a wagon or SAV or SUV. So, my thoughts:
Pros: more power/quicker, phenomenal engine (BMW's silky, powerful B58 incline 6 cylinder), hatchback utility, large backseat, luxury interior (less restrained Volvo and more extrovert BMW), probably more rare than even the elusive S90, in some ways more sporty/adventurous than the S90 (i.e. it's well suited to just throw my bike in the back hatch), wireless charging and wireless Apple CarPlay, less expensive (about $42K in the market with the options I'm looking for), Certified warranty
Cons: used only - though Certified (only made two model years in the U.S.), not as attractive as the S90, interior is luxurious - but in many ways dated compared to the Swedish interior (but then again, whose isn't!)
2020 Volvo S90 R-Design
We initially had NO desire to get another S90, partly because we just wanted to try something different, and perhaps mostly since the S90 remains completely unchanged since 2018. However, our local dealer has the EXACT car I wanted in 2018...white, R-Design, slick black interior with contrast stitching, along with options we don't currently have (B&O, HUD, etc), and they're offering it for essentially the exact same lease as our current 2018 even though it has a lot more equipment...so in essence, though I'm not super excited about getting the same car again, the 2020 models, and this one in particular now ADD all of the things that were missing in our 2018 model that had left us wanting....
Pros: new car, R-Design now available, beautiful exterior (not a better looking sedan on the road), stunning interior
Cons: not sure I want to drive the same car again, more expensive than the BMW ($56K), still terrible T6 power plant, less utility as a sedan vs. hatchback
So I'm torn...the S90 is objectively the better choice, and is now what I always wanted it to be, but I feel compelled to try something different. Thoughts?