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Volvo S40 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.9 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 160 hp @ 5250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2002 Volvo S40

  • Small but loaded with safety equipment, the S40 is, unfortunately, too expensive to compete with the VW Jetta and too small to take on the Acura TL.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong complement of safety features, affordable base price, upscale interior.

  • Cons

    No manual transmission offered, lacks sporting intentions, pricing can quickly escalate with optional equipment installed.

  • What's New for 2002

    Minor equipment changes have been made to Volvo's S40 for 2002. A Premium package now makes it easier for base sedan buyers to purchase desirable options like a sunroof, CD player, power driver seat and faux wood trim. And a Premium Plus package adds leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel to the mix. The Sport package now includes aluminum interior accents, sport seats and an exclusive instrument cluster -- you can also get these items a la carte. A new center console design incorporates two integrated cupholders. Rear passengers will also have two cupholders at their disposal when they fold down the center armrest. And the S40 now comes with the an emergency trunk release. New exterior colors include Bamboo Green and Dark Blue.

Full 2002 Volvo S40 Review

What's New for 2002

Minor equipment changes have been made to Volvo's S40 for 2002. A Premium package now makes it easier for base sedan buyers to purchase desirable options like a sunroof, CD player, power driver seat and faux wood trim. And a Premium Plus package adds leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel to the mix. The Sport package now includes aluminum interior accents, sport seats and an exclusive instrument cluster -- you can also get these items a la carte. A new center console design incorporates two integrated cupholders. Rear passengers will also have two cupholders at their disposal when they fold down the center armrest. And the S40 now comes with the an emergency trunk release. New exterior colors include Bamboo Green and Dark Blue.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Good fun car

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Vehicle: 2002 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I really wanted a used BMW or Mercedes primarily because they were great handling rear-wheel drive cars. Hence I was hesitant to get another front-drive Volvo, but this car was in the price range. However, this car has exceeded my expectations. The turbo makes for great power and great fun. Hit the gas hard and it peels out through first gear. You can easily get to any open spot in traffic even on the highway. Firm suspension makes for good handling but a bit of a bumpy ride. Like others said, it stops on a dime. The cons. Cheap interior, I hate the cloth seats and door panels are loose. The car idles a bit rough, the steering wheel always shakes at lights.




Comfortable car

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Vehicle: 2002 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I'm a housewife, I love driving this car, it's my current car, the 2002 year made. I find this car comfortable and fun to drive. Handles well, very good cornering and very responsive brake. And also the turbo gives enough power to get into traffic when you need it. :) VOLVO S40 is a 5stars rating for the safest car.



5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Best 4cyl car

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Vehicle: 2002 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

This car is a very reliable car that meets all my requirements for a car. Small yet comfortable. I value the understated luxury, it lacks the pretension a BMW 318 or Audi A4 1.8t might have associated with it.



1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Not as much volvo quality

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Vehicle: 2002 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

Purchased 02 S40 with 60K miles on it, for my wife. This is great looking car, with turbocharger. Great acceleration, power for 1.9T engine. At 70K we had to replace TurboCharger, I did the job myself, bought the Turbo from eBay used one for 240$,saved about $900.At Volvo it would cost about 800$ for the part and $400 for installation.Then check engine light came up,had to replace thermostat,another check engine light had to replace ignition coil,spark plugs,at 80K had another check engine light,have to check it again. Tran fluid change is the ripoff at the dealer, for special VOLVO fluid $18per1/4. MPG is less then 01Camry. Overall not much for high end luxury car.Going for LEXUS next time




Reliable for us - but

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Vehicle: 2002 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

We bought a used '02 in early '06 with about 50k miles. It is now approaching 85k and we have had few problems. We had an oil leak for 1.5 years that the dealers could not fix, thought it was RMS but started cheap (RMS is $2k) fixed the Camshaft Seal ($300). That didn't fix it Finally an independent shop found it was the turbo return line, not uncommon and a $100 fix. Otherwise, we have had no real problems. The A/C occasionally blows hot air, something also not uncommon. In general, reliable for us, comfortable and fun to drive. However, shop just told us it was very rare to see this car with 7 years and 80k plus miles without a roulette of engine lights. So maybe we got a good one...




Let down - not what

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Vehicle: 2002 Volvo S40 4dr Sedan (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I have owned this vehicle for 4.5 years, purchased certified pre-owned and the 1st yr was great. This vehicle has soooo many mechanical blunders that when I look at it, I'm afraid it might need to go to the shop. I have invested atleast $6,500.oo or more in repairs and replaced tires twice. One dealership replaced parts on it that weren't required to fix the problem and I had it towed from the dealer to a small time mechanic who fixed the problem for 1/4 of the price. I could vent more about it but I'll save their face. I will not buy another Volvo.



Talk About The 2002 S40

2002 Volvo S40 Discussions See all Started By

volvomax
volvomax
07-30-2002
The new convertible might end up on the P1 chassis, which is the next S40....


If I just want a base model, I think I'll pick S40 (actually, a base A4 1.8t costs similar as S40 but everyone expects an A4 has sunroof). If I want sunroof, wood trim, AWD, I'll buy A4 1.8t (However,...


avolvofan
avolvofan
05-15-2004
My personal opinion is that you are going to see a whole range of aftermarket solutions available for the second generation S40. The second generation S40 is such a great baseline car; it gives the e...



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