Written on: 13/03/2012
I've driven two BMW 3-series for the past six years and, ignoring the hype, they really are superb cars. But the BMW has one big flaw - the wide transmission tunnel means you sit slightly angled to the right, which I believe was the main cause of my bad back. I mention this because it's important if you're thinking of buying one.
So I wanted a comfortable car more than anything and while not over-enamoured by the styling of the Volvo the consistant word that came up in the reviews absolutely everywhere for the S60 was "comfort". So I had a breif test drive, felt instantly comfortable, and bought it. 9 months on and it is easily the best car I have ever driven in 30 years of motoring. Don't be fooled by reviews about handling; yes the steering is a little numb but you get used to the feel of it as with any car but unless you're intending to hammer it around a track it not even relevant.
Servicing is a little pricey but no more so than most marques in this price group and the fact that the general motoring press tout BMW, Audi etc, simply means that you can pick up a decent used Volvo for an awful lot less than a similar German car, so any incidental expenses become irrelevant anyway. It's comfortable for mile after mile after mile, quick, has a very good spec level, excellent fuel economy and generally just a fantastic all round car. Despite my reservations over the styling let's be honest, nobody cares what car you drive anyway, the interior is first class and the fact that not everyone and his dog has one gives it an air of exclusivity. What's not to like?
My next car will be the new 2010-on S60 when I can afford to "upgrade", with the bonus that the new model is a great looker too if that floats your boat. If you're considering a car in this class you must consider the Volvo, if not you are definately missing a trick. I cannot rate this car highly enough.
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