I finally got into one of these things months after my Detroit colleagues, and I was pleasantly surprised. Of course, in my mind (and in my bank account) I would never spend $72,805 for a car. So do I even belong on this site? Sure I do. I can’t afford a McLaren, either, but I sure as heck enjoy them and recommend them to those who can afford them.
I did a quick search looking for SUVs that could compete with the XC90 and danged if I could top the fully loaded Inscription’s ludicrous sticker price. Check it out: You could get entry-level trims of Audi Q7 premium plus quattro for $54K; a BMW X5 xDrive40e (2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo gas/electric hybrid with eight-speed auto) for $64,000; and even a Mercedes AMG GLE 43 4Matic for 68 grand for the upper-trim level Volvo. Don’t know where Volvo thinks it’s better than those storied competitors, but then, Volvo has made a business out of convincing wealthy suburban moms that their entire families will be squashed in anything else.