My mom has a MY98 Volvo T5! Good power but it sucks! Handling is not worth the $$$, and it feels like an old man's car! (very old man!)
I tried the new S40 1.9 Turbo, and it is faster than the T5 on the take off, but the T5 kills it on the highway!
The car mentioned above is just a sooped up S80 with the AWD system. And if it is the same AWD system offered now with Volvo than it's 90% front and 10% back with the addition of power to the wheels that need it when needed.
The Volvo AWD R which is AWD with a Turbo and 247 HP lacks in power. (Only offered in Station wagon)
The new Volvo V70 T5 is something to think about! 247 HP, open the wastegate, add a blow off valve, body kit, and 19" mags, and you got the fastes station wagon on the road and badest looking to! hehe! (My opinion)
Just a thpought!