Practical and Economical while still Fun
By thirtysomething on
2002 Volvo V40 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
I bought this car because it was reasonably priced and the because of Volvo's reputation. It is a bit on the small side if you have more than one child or move lots of stuff, but it a very practical car that holds quite a bit with the rear seats completely flat. The acceleration is surprisingly quick for a 4 cyl. It is better than many V6 I have driven. The handling is tight enough for a sports wagon but I wouldn't go searching for curves. Fantastic mileage! This is what is keeping me from upgrading to a bigger or more powerful car or hybrid. 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. I've had zero maintenance issues in 5 years. Change your oil!
The Trip Computer is addictive.
Radio is bland and difficult to operate without looking at it. The A/C is average and typical for a European car. The backseat is small if you are over 6 feet, but this a compact sports wagon. The gas tank is small, but I manage 350 miles between fill ups. The Trip Computer helps.