Practical and Economical while still Fun
By thirtysomething on
Vehicle2002 Volvo V40 4dr Wagon (1.9L 4cyl Turbo 5A)
ReviewI 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!
Best FeaturesThe Trip Computer is addictive.
Worst FeaturesRadio 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.
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