Growing up in the 1980's, Volvos were known as the boxy yuppy-mobiles that your hip friend's parents drove. Nowadays, the cars are still hip but they are far from boxy. The S40 is the perfect entry-level sports sedan for the post-college crowd. The car is very attractive but you can still tell the car is a vault under its skin. Huge door pillars and the comforting thud when the doors close tell you this is still one of the safest cars on the road. Materials inside are durable and attractive, and the controls are very easy to read. There is some turbo-lag off the line, but when yer cruising at 25 mph on the freeway on ramp and need to get to 75mph in a hurry? This car flies at mid-range.
Exterior looks fantastic. I feel very confident parking this car next to a BMW or Audi in the styling department. Interior is crisp, materials are durable and look great. Volvo dealer service is top notch. The customer service I have received is enough for me to stay loyal to Volvo for life
Manual transmissions are hard to find, which will change as buyers get younger hopefully. Fuel economy isn't spectacular for the car's size, even without the turbo. Rear brakes need replacing far too soon (15,000 miles for mine), due to their design to compensate for nosedives during hard braking.
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