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Pros: Looks unique and styleish
Cons: Seating is much lower than SUV, takes some geting used to
Advice: While I did not find that Volvo offered much incentive to puchase, I shopped at two dealers who were very eager to get my business and negotiated lower prices with me. Shop aroundHandles very well. Comfortable luxury car type ride, sport car handling and all the space and practicality of an SUV. I had been driving an SUV for the last couple of years and enjoyed the size and practicality, but I did not enjoy the 'truck like' ride. This is the perfect balance. Luxurious interior, comfortable ride, higher end performance and the space needed to haul kids, groceries, shopping, etc. So far is has been a perfect joy!
Pros: Nice quailty and mordern design of interior
Cons: Volvo emblem.
Advice: Don't test drive it unless you have mony to buy it. You will end up buying it!I test drove this car 3 times--twice with sports package and once with premium package. Ride with premium package felt better for me. Maybe it's because it came with the nice & comfortable leather? It's small and cute wagon so don't expect to put a lot of stuff at the back. The materials used in this car are in extremely high quality, much better than Audi A4, which I also have test drove many times. The ride was firm and comfortable with smooth engin. At high rpm, the 5 cylinder engine made perculier sounds but pleasant. In closing, it's is an attractive car with a lot of luxury and safety features; however, the cost of this car climbs up fast with options.
Pros: The engine's low-end torque is terrific for city driving
Cons: The accelerator is very sensitive
Advice: Go get one!At the end of July, I test drove a V50 T5 with the geartronic at my local dealer and enjoyed the car enough to lease one. However, there were very few T5s available and I needed a car imediately due to another lease expiration. Well, one of the Volvo owned dealerships released their demo to me (A-plan) on August 8 and I have driven the car about 500 miles. The car is fantastic, it's very quick, economical and just plain fun to drive. In combined driving the car got 26 mpg and thats with test drives and 60% highway driving. The low pressure turbo has terrific low end torque that nearly out accelerates my '87 911 and the ride is nicely firm. The handling is tight with the all season Michelin's being the limiting factor.
Pros: Hard to say. Maybe the overall quality.
Cons: Not too much space in the backseat (but who cares)
Advice: If you are not ready to buy V50 T5 then don't test it.I drove V50 with T5 engine and Geartronic transmission. The dealer gave me 2h time to test it. After 1h I called to dealer and begged to be able to return the car on next morning. The car was superb. Both in quality and performance. T5 engine gave me a ride of a lifetime. If you are not ready to buy V50 T5 then don't test it. Needles to say: I ordered it.
Pros: The perfect all-around car for people who live in the Real World
Cons: It's perfect -- but does it have to cost that much? Geez!
Advice: Forget ego cars--does your family deserve anything less?Volvos just keep getting better and better, and this newest V70 may just be the best yet. All-day comfortable seats, great sound system, lots of room for everybody and their gear, good power, better brakes, handling that shames lesser (read: Axis) cars, and a stealth factor that will keep you out of trouble--unless you do something massively stupid, the cops won't even notice you. And if you really do something stupid and have an accident, the car will save your life for you. Everything is laid out perfectly, with all controls (save the sunroof and windows) within a hand's breadth of the wheel, as it should be. Even the nav system is safety-minded, popping up out of the dash in line with the road so you don't have to look down to see where you will be going next. I'd pass on the normally aspirated 2.4 liter engine, as its power is just adequate. The low-pressure turbo is quite impressive, and is almost as fast as the full-on T-5 model in around-town driving. Where the T-5 really shines is on the highway, with passing power and top end to spare. And now, we get the 'R' model, which has 300 HP, all-wheel drive, Brembo brakes, and a semi-active suspension that can be set anywhere from 'parade float' to 'Laguna Seca Raceway'. I had a chance to drive this one, and was completely blown away. You want this car. Me, I plan to buy one ASAP. If you're smart, you will, too.