2002 Volvo S40 Consumer Review: A truly awful car

2002 Volvo S40 - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Automatic)

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A truly awful car
By whiffer on


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


I am in the second year of a four-year lease and am getting out of it as soon as I can. I've owned a lot of cars in my time; the S40 is the most uncomfortable, least driver-friendly car I've ever had. The interior is cramped, the drive is noisy and flat, and the fittings are cheap. If you have long legs (like I do), don't even think about the S40 -- you'll spend half of your drive getting up and stretching. The rear seats have practically no legroom at all. I've also had a lot of problems with reliability, specifically with the electrical system, and at times the CHECK ENGINE light comes on for no reason at all. My advice: look somewhere else if you want a sedan.

Best Features

The turbo engine is not only fuel-efficient but also peppy. Unfortunately, this is the only thing good I can say about the car.

Worst Features

Redesign the entire model. It's hard to believe that this model sold as well as it did.
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