So assuming we never see the Volvo again we will need to replace it. What with the sprogging I was planning on changing it for an estate anyway (although had hoped it could wait until the summer), so I will ask the forum for (duly ignored as per convention) advice on alternatives.
Budget is £7k (possibly up towards eight if it is the right car) and requirements are:
Wife says: estate, manual, rear parking sensors, not black.
I say: more power, something more evo than the S40, not a bland econobox. Within a reasonable distance from S/SE London (as the hire car will have to go back as soon as the claim is settled we will struggle to get around).
In a dream world: heated leather seats, RWD, foldable mirrors, bluetooth, climate control, decent stereo.
Virtual pints, revels and fivers to all.