2002 Volvo S40 Consumer Review: Great European Automobile

2002 Volvo S40 - Consumer Review

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

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By Aaron1 on


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


My wife and I purchased our 2001 S40
in September and have very much
enjoyed owning it. The 1.9L turbo
charged engine provides great
acceleration and the ride quality of
the S40 is very smooth, even over
rough surfaces. The service light
issue, many other reviews have
mentioned, was easily fixed by a
recall from Volvo and a quick software
upgrade to the car’s internal
computer. The S40’s relatively low
price and long list of standard
features offers BMW's 3 Series and
Audi's A4 solid competition in the
upscale entry-level sedan realm. The
passenger compartment of the S40 is
well-finished and its large trunk
provides ample cargo capacity.

Best Features

Overall quality Handling and acceleration Interior/exterior design Color (Panama Yellow)

Worst Features

Like many other reviews I don't like the placement of the cup holder, but since I don't really use the cup holder, it's not an issue. Volvo has apparently been listening to consumers as they have rectified this problem in the 2002 and 2003 models.
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