I have to say I am amazed at the performance of the S60 R, as well as its low running costs compared with other high-powered saloons that I have owned.
It has been very reliable with no faults in over 65,000 miles.
I am managing to get over 35mpg when the car is driven easily, which is fantastic. My only concern is the steering, which doesn't give enough feedback when driven hard on twisty B-roads.
Overall, I am very impressed with the car and would recommend it to anyone. Also, its secondhand value stays high compared with the rest of the S60 range.
I've covered 60,000 in this car over 3 years and had it maintained at an independent from new, which keeps the costs down. MPG averages out at 49-55, but I do a lot of Motorway driving. This car is simply the most comfortable and practical car I've had, and the engine is a peach. I too have had a new steering rack and fuel filler caps and some minor electrics. I've no intention of changing this one for many years!
Buy this if you can, but avoid Volvo for servicing. Thye are overpriced and service is appalling. Find a decent independent and the running costs can be mondeo money.
I have had this car 18 months, now covered 35,000 miles, bought privately as an 18 month old car with 11,000 on clock from Volvo dealer at less than half of retail cost new; so, worth buying as a good secondhand car with some Volvo warranty left (say around 1 - 2 years old), as depreciation so severe from new.
Servicing is expensive: main dealers are generally good but should be at labour rates of close to £100 per hour plus VAT. Generally good fuel economy, 163 bhp D5 best on steady motorway cruising speed (esp if cruise control active) - have achieved 55 mpg at steady 70mph.
Reliability: never let me down.
BUT under warranty several items have: Volvo need to keep tabs on this as my previous Nissans and a Seat have been MUCH better. I have had a new steering rack, fuel filler cap release, cupholder cover broke (next to handbrake; fragile; get dealer to repair/replace FOC under warranty). Also dealer replaced rusting wheel nuts on all wheels again under warranty at their choice! Currently gearbox selection tricky and suspension knocks (another warranty claim looming?)
Comfortable car, seats excellent, good on long distances, kit levels good. Cabin space adequate, boot reasonable but opening aperture limits larger items.
Handling is average, with limitations if pushing on. Engine a gem and no complaints there.
Overall a good car but if you buy get a good warranty as Volvo durability/component integrity seems not to be as good as they were.
I've racked up 85,000 miles in a 53 plate D5 (now badged 2.4d). It's been absolutely fantastic and sadly I'm losing it next week (fleet manager says its time to go).
The first thing is the incredible level of comfort from the front seats. They really are superb. Last year I drove back from Portugal in three days and I felt as fresh as a daisy. As a motorway car it is absolutely brilliant.
The engine is a treat - it has a decent turn of speed, particularly through the gears - although gear changes aren't really needed for most overtaking. It has a lovely gruff burble when you extend it.
What I was a bit worried about when I got it was the fuel consumption - I'd read that many owners had struggled to get anywhere near the stated mileage. I'm not sure whether they're driving like nutters, or I'm just lucky. I've consistently got around 50mpg. If I drive it really hard it'll drop to 49.
What a great car.
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