What's good? - Superb seats, with integrated child seat in the rear armrest. Great handling. Goes round corners, and responds to steering input like you would NEVER believe a Volvo could. Lovely sounding 5cyl engine gives good economy (35mpg at 70 mph) and just enough performance. Good build quality. Quiet, comfortable and very safe, with Side Airbags as standard. Estate version doubles as a removal van, and has great, folding rear head-restraints which mean you don't have to take them off each time you fold the seats down.
What's not so good? - Estate doesn't handle quite as well as the saloon. Volvo image of old made trucks and reps want to pull out in front of me at first. Thankfully, the 850 seems to have managed to change Volvo's dull image somewhat now, with the T5 and the Touring Cars helping too. Or am I just getting better at anticipating other drivers treating me as a "Volvo driver"? Er, that's it!
Overall? - For once, the adverts on TV were not lying. "Drives like it's alive"!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd November, 1997