We’ve had an SMAX for 5 years and couldn’t be happier. There are surprisingly few cars which can accommodate 3 child seats three abreast, but having looked at the XC90 we chose the SMAX. It’s more fun to drive (our previous car was an MX-5) and the huge boot means we get all our holiday luggage and our buggy in the car without resorting to a roof box. The third row seats are a bonus and when family come to visit we carry 7 people and there’s still room for a buggy and change bags.
It is a big car but it’s not enormous. We enjoy London on-street-parking (as the estate agents say) and it’s not difficult to park. To be honest as SW London is full of SMAXes, XC90s and Discos it doesn’t seem bigger than anything else!
If you’re buying new there’s a new model coming out next year, so you could get a good deal on the current car.