2004 Volvo S60 Consumer Review: If you can only have ONE CAR..

2004 Volvo S60 R - Consumer Review

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2004 Volvo S60 R 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)


This is the car to get if you can only
have ONE car. It is luxurious and
fast, without the S4/M3/C32AMG price
tag, but arguably without the status
either. It doesn't perform (speed and
handling) like the cheaper EVO or STI ,
but it's a car you can drive to a
business event and take long road trips
without punishing you and your
passengers with the ride quality. The
S60R is tastefully understated and
doesn't attract unwanted attention, but
yet an automobile connoisseur will know
exactly what it is and what it can do.
It is the best all-around car in the
$40k range. If you can have 2 cars,
then I would get a roadster and an SUV.

Best Features

Adjustable electronic suspension. Blue metallic guages. Comfortable and supportive seats. Thick steering wheel. 6-spd manual tranny. Plenty low end torque. Perfect "sleeper" car. Deep trunk. Huge Brembo brakes. Built like a tank. Best luxury performance sedan for the money.

Worst Features

High beams not sufficient. Poor gas mileage. Poor turning radius. No satellite radio option (04). Awkward front cupholders. Everything controlled by software. Pirellis not durable for city streets. Little aftermarket performance parts available. High curb weight.
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