Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Valley Springs, CA
We had plenty of time to evaluate replacement vehicles prior to the expiration of the lease of our jaguar XE. We wanted something that looked good, was comfortable for long trips, had enough power to haul my trailer with an ATV, and had enough room for 4 adults comfortably. My wife wanted to consider an SUV, and since it will be her daily driver that's what we'll get (my daily driver is a VW Jetta Sportswagen TDI, 6 sp manual) I started evaluating vehicles about 6 months ago and test drove Mini, Porsche, Infinity, Alfa, Audi, BMW, Jeep, Cadillac, Buick and Jaguar in addition to the Volvo. We've owned 3 Volvo's in the past, along with 2 Mercedes, Alfa and an Acura, and other vehicles.
We narrowed our choice down to the Mercedes GLC and the Volvo XC 40 T5. It was difficult to decide between these two vehicles because both have so many features that we liked, are dependable, and have a good dealership network. The deciding factor was that the Volvo offered a better choice in exterior colors and the seats are more comfortable. Our previous Mercedes were a CLK 500 Convertible and an E-350 sedan and both were great vehicles, but we found ourselves squirming around hunting for a comfortable seating position after a few hundred miles. With our previous Volvo's we were as comfortable after a 500 mile day as we were when we started, and the seats in the XC 40 seem to have that same feature.
We are purchasing through the Overseas Delivery Program and have ordered the XC40 T5 Inscription in Thunder Grey (new for 2020) with blond interior. We've requested delivery in Gothenburg in mid October and will spent two weeks in Europe (The Netherlands, Germany, France and either Spain or Italy) and turn the car in at Frankfurt. We're still waiting for the dealer allocation, which hopefully will be granted this coming week.