2017 Volvo V90 Station Wagon • Estate Car - FIRST DRIVE REVIEW

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friends today let's play a game word association say for the sake of
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discussion is for out Volvo and station
 
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you would probably think this for definitely this but not this for you in
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this
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so judging by those last three it seems like doesn't Sheriff up in Sweden but
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really how does that impact the most vocally
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so in the tech review you and I spent a lot of time talking about three flavors
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of volvo v90 here let's focus on what we are actually going to drive which is a
 
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two liter direct-injected gasoline engine
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actually if I'm honest they're all 2 liter direct-injected gasoline engines
 
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but in this slaver it is a turbocharger and a supercharger and what they do is
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they work in conjunction with each other
 
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the supercharger works to about maybe 3500 RPM to provide some low-end boost
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and that hands off to the turbocharger
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the idea is to have a flat torque delivery
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so what are the numbers 250 horsepower 95 remember but in this case is 360
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horsepower and torque it goes from 258 @ t 5 and now goes up 295
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but what's interesting about that it comes in at a relatively low engine
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speed 22 hundred rpm stays flat all the way up to 5500 RPM
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that's the reason for the supercharger and the turbocharger so that sounds
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great and it sends power through an eight-speed automatic transmission
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but how does it work on the roads al lado de la costa del sol
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did I mention there is a notion behind me are really a sea
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mediterraneo
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welcome to the stunning it's somewhat curvy villages high above going is spun
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so our job right now is to unpack pulling power we're going to do so on
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some very challenging roads because this is a different package for us although
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it's an engine we've driven before so this is an estate car which say it's
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heavier than it's a Dan counterpart
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so the s90 weighs about thirty eight hundred and sixty pounds
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volvo engineers have not given me the exact weight of this vehicle but let's
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just say before five hundred pounds more you got enough till we're equal mode
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right now
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put our foot into it and there is power actually there is more power in Eco mode
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here that in the xc90 with the same engine
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ok so let's put aside eco because that's not nearly as exciting as well
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comfort is not that exciting but we still need to try it so let's put a foot
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into it again up this hill
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um not a huge difference but what I notice is the the transmission mapping
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changes here holds the gear a bit longer
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which means i actually get a goal faster well my thing is about the same
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now let's spend some time going to be fun mode and let's go to dynamic and ok
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all of a sudden notice the transmission and just dropped down a gear and was
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right on the throttle off the throttle there's still plenty of pulling power
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here
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can I just say this is a stunning little village here
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and what's interesting about this is this power is so usable on these types
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of roads like I wouldn't expect this for a four-cylinder vehicle that weighs over
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4,000 pounds again we don't know the exact weight but four cylinders people
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over 4,000 pounds and look at this from my foot into it
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plenty of power actually i would say quick
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so a state that's quick not something I would have expected from vocal
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so let's talk theory here when you have a front wheel drive base platform
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what you effectively have to do if you are an engineer
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you need to move the wheels here because you have to package the engine here and
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the transaxle here
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well if you are a Volvo engineer in a Volvo designer you generally don't get
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along because the designer wants to put the wheels out here
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the engineer wants to put the wheels here but here's a case where they wanted
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to come up with a completely different proportion to get a different presence
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here now you know I'm a design freak so I go over this stuff and you're probably
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wondering why the hell are we talking about design we're supposed to be
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talking about driving an addict
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well there really is a point here and the point is both the engineers and the
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designers agreed we want to put the wheels here not here so effectively is
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an extra three inches that's here now
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that doesn't sound like a big deal does it just to move this stuff here and put
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more metal like between this and this that's called - the axle ratio we have
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discussed that a lot in previous episodes but let's just say that cost an
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incredible amount of money and you don't you lose a lot of sleep if you're an
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engineer to make that happen the designers they got the easy part here
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but really by moving the wheels forward combined with all the stuff we talked
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about the tech with you like double wishbones and this car being slammed on
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bags
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how does it all translate to driving dynamics on the roads on top of estepona
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near mediterraneo
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oh my god
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oh my god
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I don't know if you guys can see this but that is not a beta down there in the
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Mediterranean
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so what we're doing is we're making our way from going to meet us and the logic
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is we need to unpack driving dynamics in a place where you would probably not
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take Oh horses
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yeah so there you go with the Mediterranean and horses
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so it's kind of hard to focus on driving dynamics we have this kind of stunning
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beauty here so let's go up on this road here this is a wonderful place to unpack
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driving dynamics
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so once again we're about what 4040 300 pounds you're getting interesting to
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tell us so let's try driving dynamics once again we're in Eco mode school
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others turn here please don't try this at home
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and yeah we're definitely got some lean over there there's lean to the side and
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yeah just lean to the side so let's just get the hell out of eco mode because
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it's really not meant for this road really the car is meant for this road
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but still we need to do our job
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so now comfort everyday use and I guess this would be it
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we take on the situation here in southern Spain
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push around this turn a bit and there's a little bit Leslie not a hell of a lot
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i would say this is composed mode but notice you don't get a significant
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amount of lean as you push harder into the turns
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but then as we get out of this little village road bends around what's going
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to dynamic mode
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push it a little harder again please don't try this at home we're trying to
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do it everyday use kind of situation and definitely more composure
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like if you remember the xc90 this was a mode we actually like to the point where
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it's better than the q7 currently but now is the road starts to get more
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challenging a nasty scenery just gets even more stunning down there plz notice
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Marta you notice the lean it kind of goes away it's there but it's mitigated
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that extra weight is mitigated with dynamic air ride control which really
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that is the thing that changed the xc90 and I don't want to say dynamic mode
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changes everything completely here it doesn't is really what's happened is
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this package is actually later than the xc90 so the dynamic completely changed
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everything in the xc90 because that's what almost 5,000 pounds here even at 43
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4,400 pounds and still don't know what it is
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this dynamic even in comfort mode is still somewhat composed on roads like
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this which Spaniard do
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every day but people like me in California would be driving a car like
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this on roads that are as challenging if not more and really is this car designed
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for this
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no but the fact that it has that dual personality
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that's what's so different about what vulval is doing today at least in
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driving dynamics
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now this is something you and I normally don't discuss here on the old show and
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that is storage capacities rather than go over bullets and numbers it's far
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more interesting to go over some of the details here
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one of them is this wonderful under storage thing here
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you know you know i'm a freak for details so it's got its damping back
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here and then there's this little thing here that you can put up to put like
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bottles that you get from the old grocery or whatever you do
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so things don't like move around like a flea market
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but more importantly how much can you put back here
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well I'm six foot tall
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let's see if this actually works and the things I do for you guys too much
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ok we sort of seem to be getting back into somewhat civilization here
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civilization is a castle but let's talk interior furnishings Shelly I so the
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design of this interior
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let's just say i was studying in the xc90 here it's kind of a step up and you
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know what
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while we talk about this let's let the car drive itself
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some of the switch on the pilot assist so now it is set up and the car is
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literally notice i am going to trust the car
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this is a little nerve-racking so it increases speed a little bit up to 90
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k's and let's see if it goes around the bend
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this is very nerve-racking oh my god it's actually going around the bend
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that's the Mediterranean actually that is the noise telling me to apply the
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steering because you can only do it up to 15 seconds
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so let's say that we take your hands off the wheel again and look the lovely see
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the Mediterranean Sea
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I love coming to Spain so yeah the interior the design
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absolutely stunning and you know we love tissue on the show and what what she did
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here is this trick of having these horizontal lines instead of a lot of
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vertical lines and once again yelling at us
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so let's put our hands on the wheel the only vertical lines you notice here
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look this just events and these blades that she uses for the vents here
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I'm glad she's not just one person as a whole team that did this
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but there's a couple of things I want to point out here number one
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some of the details yet you got the blades but notice it's not a start
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button it's a start knob you actually twist it to start the car number to some
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of the finer details like the knurling here and the wood on a - so just as an
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aside in this episode we've been standing in front of like a grayish
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silverish diesel
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sadly not
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calling to the States this one is this stunning brown which in . Brown you
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would say I would never on a brown station wagon but oh my god it looks
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beautiful in the silent special down here
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although the black interior too much bad kind like no contrast at all
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I would want more like up like a like a page that would that would be a contrast
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to the brown but also pick up the brown and then probably change this to that
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open for wood
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now there's another detail here and it's not readily apparent yeah i geeked out
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about the speaker grills which are fantastic but this is not quite as high
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tech is that a refrigerated at least sort of refrigerated glove box
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so I've had water in here the whole time you probably heard this like moving
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around during the driving dynamics pits and basically what this is is chill
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I'm gonna I don't know if you can stand it from there but it's it's chill
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because what happened is I've got the air conditioning switched on and the air
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conditioning goes into the glove box to keep this chilled not like flat out cold
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get it nice little touch and then there's one more trick here i would say
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this is more a gift from the tisch here because she knows i got OCD so let's say
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for the sake of discussion just happen to be barreling down the motorway right
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on the Mediterranean Sea here and you were having your car drive itself but
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you had a problem with some smudges on your iPad type - here you can clean it
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while the car was driving
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so in summary what we got
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well dynamically a better choice and what we need to discuss here is more
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theory than just this vehicle
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so most Americans if I'm honest we'll go for suvs or CUV the matter what the hell
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i say here and that's because we are starved for choices but really what has
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been done here is a combination of design tricks as well as some major
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engineering overhaul where the dimensions
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you don't see them but you understand them when you drive this
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think about it it's slightly shorter than an s 90 little bit more narrow in
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the utility part of it but really that's a trick in order to make a somewhat
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heavier vehicle that has more utility actually work dynamically effectively
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more than the sum of its parts
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so instead of going for the usual well we should arrest you we now there is a
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choice that frankly ain't like 70 80 90 thousand dollars but at the end of the
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day also looks pretty damn cool
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so with that let's put this aside and talk now
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theory so it's very clear that i am somewhat biased to an estate and take
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their car or a station wagon but I in turn the question around to you guys and
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the question really is very simple
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would you choose this or an SUV and i will open this question to anywhere
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around the world and the question isn't i would choose this or the SUV and end
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it there it is
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why would you choose this or an SUV and which one would it be
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would be this station wagon an eClass or would it be an SUV like a Mercedes or
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like
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kia sportage I don't make anything up but give me the why and what region of
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the world you hail from
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let me know in the comments below or via our social media
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motoman TV own word modem and evil word facebook twitter and instagram and with
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that I want to leave you with two things number one make sure you download our
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fancy new mobile application which you can download for free at apple itunes or
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google play and number two a fun fact and actually this is not a fun fact this
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is a business fact so I had a discussion with some of the business people at
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Volvo about how things are going with the xc90 and there is a very very very
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important number when it comes to auto sales and it's more ratio meaning how
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many people actually buy your car as opposed to how many people actually
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lease your car
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now the more leasing lowers your resale
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because more people are actually not writing our own check to buy their own
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car
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so what was the answer in terms of the first volvo in their reimagined vulval
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meet in the xc90
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I was expecting something like fifty sixty percent which is a little bit
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below industry average like Audis and jaguars horribly
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they have very high least percentages like almost eighty percent ninety
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percent in the Jag world and BMWs somewhere close to that
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well the answer here at least in the xc90 thirty percent of the people that
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actually have said i am going to buy one at least which means seventy percent
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have written a check to actually buy the next 90 which means your resale will go
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up
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so further proof you should get a station wagon until I see you next time
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sadly not from the Costa del Sol fish betta
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