I haven't driven an XC90 in years, so I thought it would be a good idea to spend a weekend with this R-design example. As Marc and Joe have pointed out, the 3.2-liter I-6 is getting tired along with the rest of the vehicle. There were a few squeaks and rattles present, but I didn't mind that as much as Marc since I spent most of my time trying to plow through a fresh dusting of snow. I appreciated the awd but the braking performance, with all-season tires, was pretty poor in snow.
Inside, the XC90 still looks and feels good. As Joe points out, the seats look upscale and are supremely comfortable. It's amazing how many automakers don't have comfortable seats in luxury vehicles. Volvo may not have much right with the XC90 anymore but at least there's no physical discomfort and the ergonomics are acceptable.
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor