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IS300H, I've been a bit too hastily to critique :)

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I have been pretty critical of the poor throttle response on your IS300H over the years, but after spending the last fews days in a 1 month old Volvo XC60 as my own car is in for a service, I have to say compared to the IS300H the brand new 2018 Volvo XC60 is simply awful!!
 
The engine rattles like a tractor, it’s got an 8 speed auto box that never seems to know which gear it should be in, it makes a noise like a donkey when you press on, the throttle lag makes the IS300H feel like a sports car, and even though the ‘official’ mpg rating is 49, real life use is not much over 20!!!
 
I than looked up the price of the thing, with decent spec £50K!! Holy cow, if I had spent £50K on a car that drives this badly I would banging on the door of the dealer asking for a refund before I even drive the thing out of the show-room.
 
So I apologise to our IS300H, nearly double mpg, alot cheaper, and a much more sublime ride…..Honestly cannot believe people are still buying things like the Volvo enmass, and how journalist can give the thing 5 stars and describe the power train as  'seriously impressive refinement' is really beyond me. I can only think their brain have temporally been affected by the NOX pumped out by the 4 cylinder tractor engine upfront :(.
 
 
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I've always quite liked the look of the XC60, old and new, but the engines have always been a big disappointment and reliability is questionable. I do fail to see how Volvo can justify the price increases on their latest generation of vehicles.

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I am sure an RX450h would be a far nicer drive than an XC and naturally more reliable and better built 

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The only thing is that Volvo understood how car tax system works in UK and has nailed it with their plug-in hybrids, Lexus doesn't seems to understand or care. In result when it comes to buying company car I can choose Volvo S90, XC90, S60, BMW 530/330e etc ... but I cannot choose Lexus, because Lexus is not complaint with the tax system... and I cannot justify buying new car from my NET salary, so sadly the future seems to be outside of Lexus brand.

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21mpg is a joke - my RX is regularly getting 26-30mpg without trying and I mainly do short trips! 

Ive not driven the new XC60, but the XC90 has poor response too. I think its the gearbox though, rather than the tuning of the throttle pedal

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