2004 Volvo S60 R 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)
We have owned a number of BMWs and like their balance and drivability. When we saw the high performance Volvo at a much more reasonable price than an M car, we had to try it. Car has great styling, raw power, sophisticated suspension and powerful brakes. The interior is very comfortable and the seats are simply the best. The car is stable and corners very flat. There is no real noticable turbo lag. The suspension is expectedly stiff, even on the "comfort" setting. Engine is not as smooth as some others but it comes across a bit as a hot rod. It is pretty thirsty when driving spiritedly (which you will want to do often). The S60R is a bargain and we have been very pleased.
Engine Power, Ohlins Suspension, Brembo Brakes and interior sport/comfort.
Poor turning radius, confusing audio controls and it is easy to scuff the expensive wheels. The suspension setup could be a bit better sorted out as the rebound can be unsettling over road irregularities.