posted 4 years ago
In SE guise it is well equipped with the exception of Sat Nav.
The ride is comfortable yet firm so not too much roll. Brakes are excellent and economy is good at just under 50mpg on average for short runs , this improves dramatically on long steady motorway drives with mid 60s easily achievable. Lower than what Volvo quotes but then that was expected. Engine noise is well suppressed at lower revs but is noticeable higher up the range on the little 1.6 diesel at least, but not intrusive by any means. Gear changes can feel a little stiff if rushed but smooth out with deliberate clutch depression when unrushed.
It isn't a sporty car in the least but holds its own at this engine level.
Styling is IMHO its strong point everything is pretty ergonomic with the exception of floating console , you get used to it but it isn't intuitive as some, most Volvo owners wouldn't notice as it is generic through the range. Nice touches are the self tinting rear view mirror at night and excellent AC/ climate.
The paint and finish is excellent deep shine is easily maintained and easy to clean.
Overall it is an excellent choice for a small family or someone looking for a reliable saloon who wants quality but not pay OTT for a 180 or 3 Series with a similar spec. Its down to choice obviously but I would recommend, though if I was going to buy one again I would go for the estate version , It just has more going for it but when I bought the saloon I didn't think about that at the time.
Servicing costs are reasonable yearly at around £200 and comes with breakdown cover service included.
I expect the residual values will be lower than BMW or Mercs but you pay less to start maybe it isn't in the same league as they are but it isn't far off ( I have a BMW as well ) .
If you like the look of one try and buy a low miler through Volvo get one you won't regret it.