By Jean on
2005 Volvo S60 R 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)
The Volvo S-60R is a great alternative to Audi S4/BMW M3; fully loaded it will run at least $10K less. While a tad slower in the straight away, the difference is not something even the above average driver would notice. On the highway, just a nudge of the gas pedal will take you right into jail time! The braking system is superb and the interior design is excellent (blue dials look great). Brand recognition in the US is still lagging, but you will surprise plenty of drivers that think it's just a "safe car"! Gas mileage is good for 300 hp because Volvo engineers got it out of only 5 cylinders. Open the hood and take a look - the engine screams performance. All that and safety too.
Fun drive! 3 suspension settings make driving a joy - take it out to your local curved mountain road to really get the feel of this car. Safety features of AWD, fantastic breaking, and airbags are the difference between the Volvo and it's competitors. Upgraded NASA foam seats are a dream come true.
Small back seat is fine for local drives, but I wouldn't want to put anyone back there for several hours. Limited interior color options. No real bright flashy sports car colors other than the "r-only color" and red. Factory window tinting would be a plus.