As an old school driver my family learned to drive on stick shift cars. Dad had a 1977 FIAT 128 and one of the mechanics back in the late 70s drove a late 70s SAAB 99. My first car after college was a 1991 VW Jetta GL 5 speed I bought used at Jack Daniels in Fairlawn NJ around 1994.
My neighbors kids learned on manuals and I think learning on a manual transmission makes for a better driver.
Dad's FIAT was always in the shop but he did test drive a late 70s BMW 3 series and a Golf. His brother, my uncle in Europe had a Mk 1 Golf which we drove.
I have seen the previous first generation S60 which started in 2000 had sticks. I doubt Volvo would ever bring back the stick, but I still think learning on a stick shift makes for better drivers.