2005 Volvo S60 Consumer Review: Mixed Bag

2005 Volvo S60 R - Consumer Review

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Mixed Bag
By Dan on


2005 Volvo S60 R 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)


Excellent performance, though road noise is a bit excessive at times. 30,000 miles on the car and it's been in the shop five times for various repairs: electrical issues, switches failing, very harsh "buzz" on AM radio caused by poor shielding (still not resolved completely) AWD went out at 25K (acted like FWD only, no power to rear), all fixed under warranty but I expected better from a $40-45K car. On the upside, average mileage (combined city/hwy) has been 25.6 for 20,000 miles (nice!) and gets 32 Mpg on level highway (55-60 mph). Relatively comfortable for 3-hour per day commutes. Turning radius of the Queen Mary (good grief this thing is hard to get in a small space!).

Best Features

Active chassis "advanced" mode allows car to handle like it's on rails, but will rattle your teeth at times ("use sparingly"). Excellent trunk space (I tend to haul stuff), fold down rear seats give plenty of cargo room. Nice "sleeper" performance sedan: doesn't generally turn heads.

Worst Features

Better build quality--shouldn't have had it in the shop so many times so early on. Get that turning radius down!
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