Having only just purchased this car, I cannot really comment on running costs, but my initial impressions are that it is a excellent car.
I test-drove the new Audi A4 and A6 along with the BMW 3 Series Touring. There was no comparison, the Volvo was head and shoulders above its rivals. The drive was better, the level and quality of the interior was far superior to both the Audi and the BMW.
I think that Volvo has supassed its competitors in the sporty-hatch sector and I would urge any would-be executive to forget the BMW ignore the Audi and bag your self a Volvo.
The prices are reasonable, the service at the dealership was excellent, and it was a pleasure to do business with them. I purchased the V50 SE, with sat-nav, full telecoms pack, winter pack and a metalic paint and saved thousands in comparison to the A4, A6 and the BMW Touring.
Dare to be different and get a Volvo, you will be glad you did.
This is a superb 2.0-litre diesel engine with great pulling power in fourth and fifth gear at mid-range revs. It holds the road very well in corners.
It has a great dash layout with easy-to-use controls and a very smart centre console.
The foot pedals are too close together with no space to the left of clutch, which is slightly uncomfotable. The seats very comfy and very smart in black leather.
The fuel consumption in the brochure is very optimistic indeed, with the best achieved of 40mpg on a 60mph road. I think you would need to be going downhill most of the way to achieve 49mpg.
I bought this car in November 2004 and there was a electronic defect in the information centre. It appered that Volvo service was required.
The dealer has taken my car in four times and they still cannot find the fault. One morning the car could not start at all due to a dead battery. The explanation was that the electronic defect was probably the cause of the low battery.
I am thorougly disappointed with the car and I would not advise anyone to buy one.
The car drives well with a superb, responsive and quiet engine. This must be one of the smoothest diesels around and when warmed up it is difficult to spot that the power comes from an oil-burner.
The interior is classy but the so-called floating console gives the car a scrappy, unfinished look. There is one notable omission in the driver's seating arrangement. There's no left footrest which could result in unnecessary strain on a long journey.
The overall size is aimed at those who wish to own a versatile vehicle that's slightly smaller than the Mondeo/Passat Estates.
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