The Volvo S60 R is a great bang for the buck car. I have owned a 2004 and now a 2007. The seats are fantastic. The interior while not as flashy as say an Acura is laid out well. Has plenty of pull on the highway. And when combined with winter tires there isn't much weather that can slow the AWD down. Some of the down sides of the car. The trunk isn't small per say its just laid out weird and it prevents you from getting large items into it. The back seats can be cramped for adults. There is no such thing as a U turn in this car it has a huge turning radius which sometimes can make driving in tight situations difficult. 18" rims are extremely fragile and easily bent. Our 04 went through 4 of them. Our 07 has the 17" rims and so far so good with them. The 4C suspension system can cause the back end to hop out when driving over bumps at high speed. If your thinking of buying a used one make sure you do your homework on that car. You would want to make sure it has been taken care of. Some of the common mechanical failures on this car are the angle gear (about $3000) to replace, leaky struts and shocks at a cost of $1000 per corner. You will definitely want some sort of extended warranty and a repair place that is familiar with the car. There are big differences between the regular S60 and the S60 R.
Very sporty car, it can easily hang with any BMW in this town. Plus I feel super safe on L.A. freeways. Excellant value with lots of class.
The comfort and safety of this sedan are not surprising, being a Volvo and all. However I was shocked with how good the stereo system is! Seriously though this is a great car. Very, very comfortable. Rides super smoothly but has the power to make driving fun. The AWD system is rock solid - paired with snow tires I had no problems in the mountains this winter.