If you think your job is boring, consider
what it must be like working for the Swedish military. It wouldnít have
been so dull back in the 80ís because Sweden had an unspoken enemy, that
big red bear to the east.
They could practice
shooting down MiGs, blowing up Red Army transporters, defending
themselves from Kalashnikov bullets and covering from nuclear blasts.
But ever since the USSR
imploded, what do the Swedes have to worry about? Polar bears attacking
from the north? A Lego legion invading from Denmark? The Swiss Army
advancing with their flappy-foldy knives?
Please. Joining the
Swedish army has to be more boring than watching paint dry on Al Goreís
forehead while he blathers about melting ice caps.
Their most exciting
military drills probably involve napping and heating green tea over
campfires. At least the Swedish generals can find comfort in knowing
that, should they ever actually need an armored tank, they can simply
call their local Volvo dealer and order up an XC90.
This beefed-up station
wagon is built for Afghanistan, circa 1981. Itís a big, heavy, lumbering
beast thatís seemingly made of pig iron, and reinforced with granite.
People like to say a Mercedes-Benz feels solid as a bank vault, but this
Volvo makes the Benz feel like a limp piece of spaghetti. The XC90 is
the Incredible Hulk, and every other vehicle on the road is your sweet
In fact, in every way
other than size, this Volvo is the Swedish equivalent of the Hummer H1.
Itís certainly not the biggest SUV on the road. Slide it between a Chevy
Suburban and a Nissan Armada, and you wonít be able to find it in the
parking lot. But what it lacks in sheer size it makes up with sheer
brawn. It has a four-wheel drive system that could conquer the Sierra
It feels so solid, so
thick, and so purposeful that youíd think the Swedes are preparing to
mount guns on their XC90s and take over Poland. They wonít, though. This
wagon is so supple on the inside that it would turn their hardest,
battle-trained, special-forces troops into softies before they reach the
border. Time to attack, soldiers! Wait a sec ... did you guys feel how
soft this leather is? Why donít we just turn on the satellite radio and
- yawn -take a nap, eh?
Inside, the XC90ís is a
classy place to spend long trips. Despite Swedenís reputation for quirky
controls, the buttons and knobs in this Volvo are refreshingly simple to
learn and easy to operate. Plus there are air vents peppered throughout
the cabin, so even the back-seat passengers can stay toasty warm in
those polar winters. And there are three rows of seats that can hold up
to seven passengers, or roughly half the Swedish army.
Of course, you canít
mention Volvo without mentioning safety. This particular Volvo comes
with so many acronyms that youíve got to suspect itís intended for the
military - things like BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), RSC (Roll
Stability Control), DSTC (Dynamic
Stability and Traction
Control), SIPS (Side Impact Protection System) and plenty more.
And yes, it has air
bags mounted in places you donít even want to know about. If you want
this kind of tough luxury for your family, it will cost you $36,000 for
a V6 and almost $46,500 for the V8. That may seem a bit steep for a
station wagon, but when you think about how solid it is, how safe it is,
and how it could help you defend yourself from the terrifying Finnish
army and their sharpest ski poles, thatís not a bad price to pay at all.
tested? The 2007 Volvo XC90 3.2 V6 with a base
price of $36,135. Options: Premium package ($2,995), versatility package
($2,250), convenience package ($1,295), Instant Traction AWD ($1,850),
metallic paint ($475). Price as tested including a $695 destination
Why avoid it?
No matter how it feels, itís still a station wagon at heart.
Why buy it?
Volvoís big XC90 wagon is as tough as it is sophisticated. Itís a heavy,
rock-solid vehicle with a rugged all-wheel-drive system that feels like
it could drive anywhere, on or off road. By
Derek Price © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
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