Driving the XC90 was a strange experience for me. The first time I got into it and drove loved it. I immediately told my friends that while was a small car person this was one of the few SUVs Iíve driven that I would buy.

But by the end of the week a few of the carís quirks had me questioning whether I would in fact really want to own it.

Now donít get me wrong. I still think the" />

Issue: Mar 2003


Cars Worth Noting -- 2003 Volvo XC90



by Andrea Wielgat

Driving the XC90 was a strange experience for me. The first time I got into it and drove loved it. I immediately told my friends that while was a small car person this was one of the few SUVs Iíve driven that I would buy.

But by the end of the week a few of the carís quirks had me questioning whether I would in fact really want to own it.

Now donít get me wrong. I still think the vehicle is quite good. I watched Volvo roll one of the SUVís last year and I was astounded not only by the rollover (Iíve never seen one live and close up) but also by the shape the vehicle was left in when it was finished. I was and still am convinced the XC90 is one of the safest SUVs on the market today and for that factor I would buy it.

Offsetting what I liked was what I didnít like and Iíll admit they were minor, very annoying things. But minor still counts when you are driving a vehicle everyday.

The first was that the XC90s doors just didnít seem to shut. On numerous occasions I would put something in the back seat, get into the front and realize that the back door didnít actually close. Iíd then have to get out and slam the offending door. Sometimes twice.

Now repeat that if I put something in the trunk or a passenger got out of the car. I was constantly shutting and reshutting the doors. Additionally, the cover on the cupholders in the center console refused to close after the first time it was opened. Again, minor details but not to someone who just bought a new car.

Call me neurotic but it drove me crazy.

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