2002 Volvo V40 Wagon Auto Review

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2002 Volvo V40 Wagon

style and safety at an entry-level

Gary Witzenburg on 07.01.2002

So did Volvo start making stylish front-drive cars? Volvos supposed to be bigger, rear-wheel drive and less, um,

The 40-Series Volvos come in flavors: Premium, Premium and Sport. Premium includes a sunroof, premium cassette/CD system, trip computer, adjustable driver’s seat and simulated-wood trim. Premium (our test vehicle) adds leather-faced seating

The available Sport package special sport seats, cluster and headlamp trim, fog front and rear, leather-trimmed wheel and 10-spoke alloy

Styling is subjective, but this is one handsome small wagon. also exceptionally well and, as a result, pretty for a car this size. Starting at a of $24,900, our test car added for a Cold Weather Package front seats, headlamp and Dynamic Stability Assistance), for the Premium Plus Package, for a leather-wrapped steering wheel, $67 for for an optional CD changer and a $625 charge, for a total of $27,472.

The V40’s standard and only is a 160-hp turbocharged 1.9-liter engine coupled to a 5-speed controlled automatic transmission. We it a tad weak on launch but-once the spools up-strong enough to the 2,822-pound wagon from mph in roughly 9.5 seconds. Holding the to spool up boost (at about rpm) before launch in a best of 8.8 seconds with the watch.

More importantly, the V40 offers enough acceleration for jumping traffic or passing, but the combination of lag and leisurely transmission kick-down stomping on the gas from cruising can be frustrating at times.

The V40 engine shows a bit of shake at idle but out nicely at highway speeds. The computer (which also a second trip odometer, and outside temperature) showed 27 mpg following our test loop and as as 31 mpg after extended freeway EPA economy is 22 mpg city, 30 highway.

The power steering felt and the handling fairly nimble town and in sweeping highway Pushing it hard in tighter however, revealed typical understeer or (as stock car racers put it) toward the outside, especially power. Ride on most was surprisingly good for a car this

Did I mention that this is a car, about the same length and 3.2 inches shorter in than a subcompact Chevrolet sedan? While it looks than that on the outside, it is small on the inside. Front travel provides plenty of in front, but, with legroom (measured with the seats full back) two inches shorter than a sedan’s, you wouldn’t want to sit a long-legged driver for long.

The seat cushions fold and the seatbacks down (once the are removed) to provide a flat, carpeted floor for up to 68.1 feet of cargo.

Unlike some lesser this size, the V40 impressed as quiet, rattle-free and tightly together, with premium and a high-quality look and feel The only exception we noted was the somewhat tinny sound slammed closed.

Also, as as it is in nearly every way, are a few small ergonomic glitches and The radio has a couple of slick for choosing the sound source FM, tape or CD) and pre-setting up to 20 stations, but no way to in a specific station. Electronic and scan annoyingly skip slightly weaker station you want and know is there.

unlike most systems used to, the Volvo’s stereo default to radio when CD or tape is ejected; you have to down and manually select you want.

Cruise control reset an awkward rearward thumb instead of the easy forward of most other stalk-mounted There’s only one 12-volt plug, so you need a clunky to power two items at once, and single plug is de-powered the ignition off-you can’t your phone while from the car and must re-start accessories each time you and restart the engine.

Some me) have long believed Volvo’s reputation for safety was half reality, half since all cars have to the same test standards. But I admit that the load of gear on this small car boggles the mind: dual-stage front air bags, Side Protection System (SIPS) side air bags and Inflatable (IC), Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), pyrotechnic seatbelt pre-tensioners (small charges that snug up belts on impact), ISO-FIX safety seat attachments and all GM, VW and SAAB products) daytime lights.

Volvo says its buyers the V40 as a sedan with a long and not as a traditional wagon. Maybe so, but is in the eye of the beholder. It is definitely a small to the rest of us, and a very nice but one at that. (www.volvocars.com)

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