As much as we loved our XC90, we had to say goodbye today. Dropped her off at the dealership and ordered a BMW X7 M50i.
We had a 2019 MY T6 Inscription and enjoyed for the most part the past 18 months of ownership. Zero mechanical issues whatsoever, one rear brake disc/pad replacement free of charge, and numerous software updates of course. Cracked the sunroof when a rock bounced of our roof carrier and into the glass. And scraped one wheel.
Got an offer that works for the trade in, plus the added tax break. The X7 is pretty much twice the cost we paid for our XC90, but well worth it. Some may disagree, but we're good with it.
In case anyone is wondering or thinking of doing the same here's what drove us to switch.
- Engine...when fully loaded with my family and all our stuff for cross country trips, the 2.0l really struggled at highway speeds. I could hear the engine working hard especially against cross winds and head winds. We also used a roof carrier so that didn't help any. It's amazing what they've done with the 2.0l, but the XC90 really needs more displacement/cylinders/etc to move the car smoothly and keep things going
- Space...the XC90 started to feel cramped. We came from the new Honda Pilot and it was cavernous on the inside. We thought we could deal with the XC90's more refined cabin space and proximity, but in the end it just didn't work out for us. On long road trips my wife couldn't stretch out and felt the seats were too narrow...she wanted to adjust more side to side. I think it was the center tunnel...it's so high and rigid, was always bumping up to her knee and legs. There wasn't much storage space in the center console as well. Second row was cramped for my adult kids. Also, limited recline settings and limited storage.
- Technology...the center screen is good and bad. Keeps things simple, but then complicates things when you need to adjust a setting. I'll admit we didn't dive into the screen too much as we didn't use auto-park, or other features, but with the main page only holding a few apps, you had to dig deeper to get to other apps. Also, no USB ports except for in the front. I know you can plug an adapter in the 12v socket, but come on, it's a 2019 with no USB ports anywhere past the front seats
- Parking Cameras...there's no easy way to get the 360 camera view when the parking sensors activate. With such a large screen you'd think they could display both the 360 view and the parking sensors...BMW and most other makes can do this. Given the orientation of the screen, the Volvo can only show one view at a time.
- Ride Comfort...we didn't get the air suspension, so the ride was harsh when the road got just a little but rough. The 21" wheels with the low profile tires picked up quite a bit of road noise.
The X7 isn't for everyone and may not fit your needs for style, comfort, price, etc. Just wanted to provide my feedback here just in case anyone is thinking of switching or wants some feedback after 18 months of ownership.
I appreciate all the helpful posts and owners here. Who knows depending one what Volvo comes out with later I may be back for something smaller or electrified for in and around town.