Sitting inside the Volvo XC90 is like being in the automotive version of the W Hotel. The SUV is both modern and luxurious, yet it also makes the money you paid for it seem well worth it. And unlike a weekend at a W Hotel, you'll be pampered in this baby for at least a few years.

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My design sensibilities always lean toward the modern look: steel, black leather etc. But the better half is more Crate & Barrel-ish. That means the house is much more contemporary than my personal taste. I don?t complain since I think it makes a very nice look for a home. After testing the S40 sedan and now the XC90, Volvo might make a wise choice for a person that doesn?t get to express their taste in design around the homestead. 

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The leather seats are comfortable and pleasing to the touch. While the wood and leather steering wheel is a bit too cold on winter mornings, it is a very classy instrument that is the perfect size. The metal accents on the door handles and elsewhere actually feel like metal. That is a definite rarity in these days of silver painted plastic. Environmental and stereo controls are extremely straightforward and easy to use, although I wouldn?t mind the sculptured look of the S40s center stack here too. I guess you can?t have everything.

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