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Volvo S40, Volvo V50, Sedan
Nov 03, 2003 (5:08 am)
so one review makes it right?
well, then how about this one:
They seem to love it. Best handling Volvo ever (aside from the R) and handles like a RWD, according to that article.
And considering the S40 T5 will have about the same rate of acceleration as my current T5 and I have none of the issues to the degree of severity that CAR supposedly states, I find their review less credulous. But, only time will tell. We'll find out the truth for ourselves.
Nov 03, 2003 (11:28 am)
"Toss it into a corner, lift off the throttle and the back slides into line."
Not bad, now the new S40 gives you the choice to do some rear slide.
Nov 08, 2003 (10:59 am)
Does anyone know when then new S40 will be available for configuration on the Volvo website? Thanks.
#201 of 1117 frenchy2002,
Nov 09, 2003 (7:46 am)
probably when the S40 goes on sale in Feb 2004.
and is the S40 roomier or less roomy than my 99' Civic????
#202 of 1117 '99 Civic coupe?
Nov 09, 2003 (12:32 pm)
You got to be kidding. A Civic sedan? Just check out the back seat room of the S60. The new S40 is suppose to be even bigger.
Remember it's the stretch-out leg room that counts, not the knee room. That's also why I found the Civic sedan roomier than the pre-'98 Accords.
#203 of 1117 creakid1,
Nov 09, 2003 (2:03 pm)
#204 of 1117 I always thought.....
Nov 09, 2003 (2:04 pm)
that the S40 was smaller rear seat wise.
Nov 09, 2003 (2:04 pm)
just marginally larger.
Nov 09, 2003 (3:54 pm)
Volvo should change the name of this superb new vehicle from the old hopeless S40, but there's no other choice staring in the even numbers. They can't call it S20 sedan! That almost sound like a 2-wheel motor bike. From all these new articles, you can tell that, w/o adopting Focus II's steering/suspension, the new S40 can't achieve this level of competence & fun in steering/handling, while the ride is still good.
#207 of 1117 EVO likes the T5 more than the non-turbo
Nov 10, 2003 (2:35 am)
The T5 has the same springs as the non-turbo. Only the dampers & sway bars are stronger. They said the non-turbo has a less-stiff ride, lighter steering & drifts more easily, but still fun like no other Volvo. At very high speed, the T5's steering is a tad sensitive. Sounds sort of like how C&D complained about the American non-SVT Focus's light power steering that became too darty when upgrading from 15" to 16" low-profile tire.