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Pros: Comfort, gas economy, performance
Cons: Turning radius is bigger than my Mazda Miata
Advice: Make sure you buy with moon roof option - makes this compact car big enough inside.Nice styling, all luxury features I could possibly want. 6-way leather seat is big enough for me (6'2' male). Gas economy is 26.5 mpg average for a 84 daily mile commute over a mountain and also thru rush hour traffic---slightly better than my previous Maxda Miata! Plenty of power. I can put my whole family in car. Turbocharger rushes in when needed with good power up to redline. I would not have bought car without moonroof option, makes this compact car seem much bigger inside. COMFORT is king with this Volvo.
Pros: Rain sensor wipers
Advice: Buy one before the price goes up! These cars will be in high demand!Awesome car. I just bought this car last week and it has been a lot of fun to drive. The interior is very comfortable and cool! Center console is very modern and yet this car has a sporty but fine luxury feel to it. The performance on the NJ Turnpike has also exceeded my expectations. I do a lot of highway driving and this car has made the travel more fun and very comfortable.
Pros: Interior Space
Cons: The trunk grocery retainer - could be larger.
Advice: You'll love this car for looks and quality.We love this vehicle. The silver color matching trim is beautiful, the car runs smooth and quiet, and the luxurious interior is great. This is a sleeper for great value, and looks.
Pros: center console
Cons: that no aftermarket part is available yet for this car
Advice: get it while its in stockSweet car. I test drove the Benz 230 sport sedan and the Infiniti G35 before I was able to get my hands on this car, and I can say without a doubt that this car just had it. Performance was on par with the G35, without the twitchy brakes, and the interior was much more exciting and fresh than either car. Premium audio is worth it, especially if you have Busta Rhymes' 'Light ur Ass on fire' available to bump. You get a lot of car for your money.
Pros: power break, smooth ride, suspension
Advice: good priceit's an amazing car
Pros: Beautiful car with unique styling that stands out among parking lots of Toyotas, Hondas, VWs, and Nissans.
Cons: I do wish they offered a stick shift in the '04 model; that has been added to the 2004.5 lineup.
Advice: Buy it!Unlike Sykesville MD writer who was ashamed to include his name (is he a VW saleman or what?), I love everything about my '04 Volvo S40 LSE and I actually traded a '99 VW Jetta GLS VR6 for the Volvo. The VR6 might have a slight edge 0-60 but my S40 could run circles around a Jetta in curves or on a track like Laguna Seca. And on the highway the 5 speed automatic purrs along a low rpm getting great mpg (unlike a Jetta) until you need the power and step on it - then the turbo starts whistling and it takes off like a bat out of *%#$. The Volvo has been trouble-free, dealer service is better than my experiences with VW, Mitsubishi and Mercedes-Benz and unlike so many cookie-cutter brands I can actually find my car in the mall parking lot without mistaking it for dozens of cars just like (VW Jetta).