2007 Volvo S60 R 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)
We bought this car in 2005, the first year the R was available. After much research it came down to the Audi A4, BMW 3 series, Mercedes C Class and the Volvo S60R. After a test drive in each the Volvo was the clear winner. Faster pickup, more solid build quality. The BMW and MBenz felt like toys compared to this. The Audi was nice but had now where near the OOMPH! AWD was a must for us living in the Northeast. We have driven it over 45,000 miles now in the city and highway with no major mechanical issues. This is the 2nd one we owned (yes, I was the first person in the United States to total an "R"). Major rollover accident. WE ALL WALKED AWAY WITHOUT A SCRATCH! Volvo saved my life.
300 hp, heated front seats, variable transmission. I also like the fact that true car aficionados KNOW this car. They see the "R" on the front grille or back trunk and give it the room it deserves. I LOVE the fact that other people don't know about the R... until you speed away from them at a light!
Better turn radius would be nice, especially in city driving. AVOID the low profile tires if you live in the city. Volvo has a nice stereo, but they should contract with Boston or Bose and get a REALLY nice audio setup. More color choices & exclusive colors to set it apart from the other S60 trims.