The 2003 Volvo S40 is the most accessible model Volvo produces,
in terms of price, in North America. That said though, they
are still representative of the high standards in build
quality, safety and sophistication that Volvo maintains
for its entire fleet.
2003 has seen the incorporation of a host of visual and
performance enhancements to the S40 sedan. The result is
a full-size, four-door sedan with lots of power, generous
fittings and style. Oriented toward family, the S40 also
has standard ISO-FIX child safety seat restraints, excellent
fuel economy and, in general, offers good value for money.
The S40 comes in one model and trim level. However, it is
possible to add one or more of several major equipment packages
to enhance and personalize a purchase.
The S40 contains good standard fittings and excellent interior
styling. Cloth and vinyl upholstery can be upgraded, with
the Sport Package, to leather. The instrument cluster has
been refined for 2003, making them even more clear and easy
to decipher. Additional standard features include automatic
climate control, cruise control, power steering, windows,
mirrors and door locks, and remote keyless entry. The AM/FM/cassette/CD
player comes with a power antenna.
Major packages include the Sport, Cold Weather and Premium
packages, which add comprehensive collections of features
that can also be added as stand alone options. Highlights
are items like the power sunroof, traction control, heated
seats and upgraded audio.
2003 sees the installation of Volvo's new "egg-crate"
style grille, new body-colour side mouldings and bumpers.
The result is a more adventurous and sporty appearance.
However, aspects of the major packages include exterior
features. The Sport Package, for example, adds aggressive
16-inch Galactica alloy wheels, new front headlight surrounds
and both front and rear spoilers. These all combine to create
a drastic change to the car's look and feel.
Like the other Volvo's the S40 relies on sophisticated turbo
technology to maximize engine power and make a smaller engine
do more with the same amount of fuel.
Though a full-size car entry-luxury sedan, the S40 is equipped
with only a 1.9-liter 4-cylinder. Turbo power makes this
engine capable of producing 170 hp at 5200 rpm and 177 lb-ft
of torque at 1800. This means that the engine has ample
power throughout the engines range. It gets an excellent
segment leading 22/32 mpg (city/hwy).
Safety and Security
Safety and Volvo go hand in hand. The S40 comes with 4-wheel
vented antilock disc brakes with and an assortment of passive
restraint systems such as dual front, side impact protection
(SIPS), whiplash protection (WHIPS), curtain head protection
and the ISO-fix baby seat attachment system
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