Jan 19, 2006
Reviewed By Kristen Hall-Geisler
Price as Tested $44,335

Zippy 300-hp turbo 2.5-liter 5-cylinder; sport suspension setting was distinct and fun; firm seats are supportive on long rides; striking blue analog gauges easy to read.


Taking advantage of the horsepower caused a noticeable drop in stated highway 25 mpg to way under 20; rain-sensing wipers not so sensitive; neither the radio nor the iPod supplied with the test car displayed the song title when the iPod was plugged in.


Our Sonic Blue metallic model came kitted out with a low front spoiler that was out of place and shredded by daily driving, and we were careful. Once that was put in the trunk, the all-wheel drive handled Northwest weather conditions with Volvo-standard predictability.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating