Turning 16 a couple months ago, I was on the market for my first car. Probably a used one. I wanted something simple, cheap, safe, and reliable. Nothing that would break the bank but nothing that woul...
Turning 16 a couple months ago, I was on the market for my first car. Probably a used one. I wanted something simple, cheap, safe, and reliable. Nothing that would break the bank but nothing that wouldn’t last me a while. As a new driver, I hate being up high off the ground, so I decided I prefered mid - size sedans to vehicles like vans, trucks, or SUVs. Then I came across a car by word of my parents. The Scandinavian made 2007 Volvo s60.
This car has everything I was looking for in a first car to be used in basic commuting, like getting to school or work. My favorite part is that it has the power of a six cylinder with 208 horse - power, but the advantage of having five cylinders with turbo to save on gas milage. Speaking of gas mileage, it gets a fantastic 19 - 23 in the city and 24 - 30 on the highway. It saves even more gas because the turbo doesn’t kick in unless you really need it (Over 5000 RPM) like when you’re running late for the big game. This car is fantastic on the highway because it’s small, easy to maneuver, simple to operate, and very safe with a 4.6 out of 5 safety rating. Even with all of these great features, with it being an older car there are some downsides to it.
To start with, the first thing I noticed was the backseat legroom, or, the lack thereof. There is almost no backseat leg - room I could actually use to put things in. The large trunk size does compensate for the lack of space in the back, but I can’t just stuff my friends in the trunk. Not legally anyways.
Another con to this car is that, with 16” tall wheels made from an alloy or a metal made from two different metal elements. It doesn’t handle bumps too well either. You can feel every little crack or bump in the road. Also, the handling is an older style that isn’t as advanced as cars these days. It is front wheel drive so the car is controlled entirely by the two front wheels, but it’s an older style because of how the steering wheel is less sensitive. It makes it a bit harder to make those sharper turns.
Volvo does do a great job with this car but they describe it as luxury which it most definitely is not. It has leather seats, but the steering wheel is very basic and it just has a basic digital clock near the speedometer. So, although it’s a fantastic car, there really isn’t anything that stands out as luxury on this car. This being the case, unless it’s a first car or used just to get from place to place, it might not be the car you’re looking for. It’s just a very average, mid - size sedan with good gas milage.
Overall, I really liked this car. If you’re on the market for a new car and you come across one of these with low milage it’s a fantastic choice for an automobile.