I love this car.
I did buy it initially as a safe vehicle for my teens but it drives so much better than my 2004 xc70.
This car is a hidden gem--the 2000 model year was the last year this was made, the last year of truly Swedish Volvos, way ahead of it's time with side curtain airbags, also quite luxurious.
Waited for a gem and found a base model with less than 100K, well cared for, bought for $4400.
Have had it for 1 yr.
I like that it is a great size, runs quietly, handles well, steering assist is just right, visibility terrific, seats comfortable.
This car is a pleasure to drive.
This did make improvemenst over the prior incarnation which had a very awdward dashboard and the unlock buttons annoyingly in the center console.
Still has flimsy cup holders.
I personally like the boxiness because it means I have good sized windows and the car is very upright so great visibility.
My later model volvo is the rounded type and it subtracts from visibility.
Better mpg would be nice.
If my much heavier xc70 can get 22mpg, this smaller one should do better.
Also, before getting this whole era of Volvo's you need to know that the check engine light comes on frequently.
Most of the time it is nothing, so it is helpful to have a trustworthy, non-dealer mechanic.