I know you dislike diesels Luke, though I really fail to see a real reason behind it.
There is one reason why that S80 is a cheap car, it has a big petrol engine ... it looks like an awesome cruiser .... doing 25 to the gallon, think ill take my 50+ diesel C5 thanks!
In my mind a car has to be special for me to fuel a petrol car, if its a big old cruiser which is never going to be that quick or handle that well, I dont see the point. Trundling along at 70-80 +, as I do in my C5, but with 50 to the gallon rather than 25 seems a no brainer for me. Does the same job, but at half the cost. Why throw money away on things like fuel, there are much better things to do with your earnings!
There are some places I have to drive to and roads I have to use which Id rather not. For example going to work is all duel carriageways and town work for 14 miles. Id rather get there as cheaply as possible, I can't see me ever using the Activa for my 70 mile uni commute.
HOWEVER, I do disagree with myself there
Ive been pouring fuel into my Activa like it has a colander fitted to the underbelly of its fuel tank. I don't mind at all, its such a car, one which I love driving and so dont mind putting in the fuel. So I guess if you like a car enough, you might well pay for it in fuel. Had there of been a diesel Activa in the UK though ...
Its the drive of a good diesel which really makes me buy them though, the fact there is always a good amount of power there without the need to rev the bits off it. So ok, if your in a fast driving mood then its often fun reving a petrol, however during day to day use I find the low down pull gives good performance without having to thrash it all the time, so therefore a smoother drive.
I think this is why im getting on with the TCT Activa so well, as it actually has that diesel trait, a low down torque band which starts from much lower revs than most similarly sized NA petrols as its a Turbo. It also revs very nicely too.
I really need to try a V6 something or other and see if my thinking changes. I can see the reasoning if its a nice engine in a nice car. So if you like S80s enough to warranty its juiciness then go for it. Personally id buy a newer diesel version and keep my day to day costs lower.
I do actually like that Volvo, and its probably a good combination with a 2.9 engine and auto box. Id not like to run it as my daily though.
Im enjoying having my diesel and juicy petrol together, id not like th be without the diesel for daily use and if one had to go it would certainly be the Activa.
I can see why you would want other cars and not an Xm though, you are after all into Renaults and we can't all like the same cars. How boring would that be! In fact i know very very few people who do like XMs and Xantias. They're missing out