considered this car b/c of volvo's reputation for safety and positive reviews. bought b/c volvo offers such good deals on demos. if not for the good deal, i would've bought a vw jetta with 1.8l turbo. the S40 runs and handles very well, but i'm often cursing the cockpit features. turbo is fun, but sucks gas. thought my next car would be an S60, but will probably look closer at passat and lexus.
acceleration, safety features, brakes, acceleration, fit and finish, handling, and acceleration. turbo-lag is minimal.
better placement and labelling of controls, variable-speed intermittent wipers, better cupholders, trunk release, buttons v/s knobs on radio.
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