BUT they have two very good purposes.
1. Family cars. This mainly goes for the wagons and SUVs. As Clarkson said about the XC90: “It was actually designed by someone who had children”.
Not only that, but their safety record would be alluring to someone who doesn’t wish death upon their offspring.
2. Comfort. Big Volvos (S80, S90, that sort of thing) are some of the most comfortable cars out there. Up there with stuff like the B-Body and the old Buick Park Avenue.
Sure, Volvo has had plenty of performance cars. But be honest, do you really see Volvo as a performance brand? I certainly don’t, but apparently a lot of people do, for some reason.