2003 S40 New Car Test Drive
Volvo's S40 and V40 bring this Swedish marque to more affordable levels. Think of the S40 as 100 percent Volvo in a new economy size. It's the Volvo that's easiest to afford.
Its turbocharged engine performs like a V6 and it has terrific brakes. It comes with Volvo's well-designed interior ergonomics. And the company's commitment to crash protection and driving safety.
It's smaller than similarly priced models from Honda and Toyota. So it's really a matter of values, as much as value. You can drive a bigger car. Or you can drive a Volvo.
Two body styles are available: a four-door sedan, called the S40 ($23,900), and a wagon called the V40 ($24,900). The Volvo S40 sedan and V40 wagon are front-drive compact cars powered by a smooth, turbocharged, all-aluminum four-cylinder engine.
A high level of standard equipment includes air conditioning, automatic transmission, power windows, power heated mirrors, remote keyless entry, eight-way adjustable driver's seat and a sophisticated six-speaker, AM/FM/cassette stereo. As you would expect from Volvo, safety items such as multi-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags and four-wheel-disc brakes with ABS are all standard.
For 2002, Volvo has grouped popular options into Premium, Premium Plus, and Sport option packages.
Premium package ($1,900) adds a power glass sunroof, premium sound system with in-dash CD player and upgraded speakers, trip computer, power driver's seat and simulated wood trim on the door panels, glove compartment, gear shifter and gear shifter panel.
The Premium Plus package ($2900) delivers all that and leather seating surfaces, too.
The Sport Package ($650) consists of black headlight trim, Stellar ten-spoke alloy wheels, special sport seats with a leather-and-cloth seating surfaces, plus a rear spoiler, front fog lights and leather-rimmed steering wheel. A high-tech aluminum-effect inlay trims the instrument cluster.
If the Premium Plus and Sport packages are ordered together, then the upholstery is full-leather with the Sport's aluminum dash trim.
A Cold Weather Package ($850) includes a sophisticated traction/stability control system called Dynamic Stability Assistance, plus heated seats and headlamp washer/wipers.
Stand-alone options are few and include leather upholstery ($1,300), a power driver's seat ($450), and power sunroof ($1,200). A dog guard and cargo mats are available as dealer-installed accessories for the V40 wagon.