This car is great. I needed a reliable car and was sick of my 99 passat 1.8T breaking down all the time. Went to the dealership Portland Volvo in Maine. Sales guy was great, before and after the sale. I purchased a base model. It still has all the features I wanted. There is plenty of power in the 2.4i engine and it saves on gas. After 10 years of VW's I am switching to Volvo. Last thing, you cannot get a car for under 25K that has all the safety features that the Volvo has.
auto passenger side airbag shut off when I put my dogs in the front seat. Pause a CD by turning volume all the way down. Heated mirrors. Air bags all over the place. The T-Tec fabric is bulletproof, my dog pee'd on the seat the first day and the seat didn't absorb a drop! big plus for dog owners
Really, I am a picky person and I have yet to find something wrong with the car, really.