2002 Volvo S40 Consumer Review: nice, but not perfect

2002 Volvo S40 - Consumer Review

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

Build Quality
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nice, but not perfect
By marmot on


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


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.

Best Features

acceleration, safety features, brakes, acceleration, fit and finish, handling, and acceleration. turbo-lag is minimal.

Worst Features

better placement and labelling of controls, variable-speed intermittent wipers, better cupholders, trunk release, buttons v/s knobs on radio.
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