Fun and Relatively Economical Sleeper
By DNeuwir on
2005 Volvo S60 R 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)
Owned for about 3 months now. With 5000 miles on the odometer, I can say this is definitely one of the "funnest" cars I've owned. With 300hp, it's exhilarating driving up freeway onramps. Though a little sluggish off the line (0-10mph, mostly due to being a low- displacement 5-cyl) once above 2500RPM the sky is the limit. The full-time AWD keeps all rubber on the road, even on wet pavement, though the P-Zero tires are NOT suited for icy or snow driving. Fuel efficiency is better than expected: 25mpg average combined (window sticker claimed 24 highway--I regularly see 30-32mpg on long straight stretches at 55-65mph). Build quality is not flawless, but is very good given the $40K price.
Active suspension sets the "mood"-- comfort mode is nice for everyday driving, but "sport" and "advanced" modes are best if you like to take a lot of curves. As mentioned above-- fuel efficiency is way better than anticipated. Good trunk space for size of car, rear seats fold for extra room.
Lose some of the "automatic" gadgetry-- just "over engineered"--DRL and HID headlights go back and forth when going through series of tunnels in daytime, power port only works when key is in (can't charge cell phone/laptop when key not in ignition-big pain). Minor vibration in B pillar when radio up.