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Pros: Overall design...interior and exterior. Distinctive and sharp looking car but not a Prius.
Cons: No coin tray
Advice: Get the manual.Great handling little car...even in the heavy snows around here. The ride provides the right balance of road feel without being harsh. Acceleration is more than ample for urban driving. If you want to impress people on the interstates get the T5. Brakes are incredibly responsive. The s40 is one of the few small cars that doesn't feel cheap. Despite the marketing hype over the center console the interior is clean and functional without gimmickry. Car feels like it has much less power with the manual.
Pros: ergonomics, appointments, overall design
Cons: stereo controls, super compact size
Advice: Should have been on Car and Driver's 10Best. Wait for AWD in 2005.The turbo-charged five cylinder is incredibly spirited. The handling is assured if stiff. The quality built into this car is evident. The problem? The car is tiny and the price tage is big.
Pros: Price, sturdiness, engine power, safety features
Advice: Get one!Just purchased one. Call me crazy, but I've owned a BMW 525i and 530i, and currently drive a porsche boxster, and I do prefer the Volvo S40 over the BMWs.....not the Porsche though...The Volvo is a great car and car company!
Pros: The all-auto windows
Advice: Don't let the small size fool youI've had it 3 weeks and it is awesome! Only a minor problem with the ABS wheel sensor, but the dealer took care of it and supplied a loaner (in Ontario, CA). Great safety features w/no extra $. Turbo is very quick with no torque steer and the A/T is a must have option! Comes with full scheduled maint. I am told they will replace the brakepads when this period is up. No complaints!!