Bang for the buck, this is one of the best cars on the road. It's not well known and I would not have purchased it except for a sales man at a BMW dealership. I was disappointed with the 5 series. Sea...
Bang for the buck, this is one of the best cars on the road. It's not well known and I would not have purchased it except for a sales man at a BMW dealership. I was disappointed with the 5 series. Seats were not comfortable (German engineering), car was not quick, lacked options unless you wanted to pay for them. I have owned several collector type cars and this is in a class by it self (90 300ZX twin turbo, 94 Subaru SVX, RX7). An in-line turbo charged 5 cylinder putting out 300hp to a great 4 wheel drive system. You get the performance of a 6 for the gas milage of a 4 (25mpg all around). 0-60 is around 5.4sec. There are some after market chip upgrades which can increase the horsepower about 50 and increase the torque around 50. This could put the 0-60 time close to the 5 second mark, which not many cars can brag about. This car was designed with Rally Racing in mind for the weekends and family driving during the week.
Brakes - 4 piston Brembos that stop on a dime. The coolest function is the nose of the vehicle will not dip no matter the speed and force on the brakes. The vehicle will stiffen the front struts which helps to keep the tires on the ground and shortens the distance.
Interior - Volvo is know for having great seat designs for safety and comfort. And they hit this one on the head. the lumbar support is just enough in the corners, but not noticeable during normal driving. Most manufactures either did not put enough or too much to the point that it's uncomfortable. The leather is soft and wears well. 70K+ and no real signs of driver lumbar wear, which is normally the first to wear.
Gas - It is RECOMMENDED to run premium to get the 300HP, not needed like many believe. The computer system will adjust for lower grade fuels with a loss in horsepower. Many will not notice the difference, but if your going to get a car like this don't be cheap on the gas.
Other bells and whistles - Glass headlamps, headlight wipers and spray, rain sensing wipers, optional areo and spoiler package which makes a world of difference and is a must, 3 different suspension settings - comfort, sport, and advanced, adjustable shift points for auto trans based on suspension settings (runs higher RPM,s and will not down shift as quick), a button that will fold down the rear head rests for better visibility. best handling of any luxury sports sedan.