The 2000 Volvo V40 serves as the first of this model to reach American car lots, but the model has been around since 1996. Volvo hopes to attract younger buyers by offering a sportier and less square wagon, and this compact provides ample storage space but lacks back seat legroom. Safety and comfort are fully handled, but the price range for the V40 and all the optional upgrades seems a bit high.
Body Styles: wagon
Engines: 1.9-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Volvo V40
Volvo introduced the V40 wagon in 2000. Unlike other wagons in its line of cars, the V40 features smooth edges and a compact design. It does not sacrifice comfort when compared to Volvo's other wagons, but storage space gets slightly smaller.
The Volvo V40 has the signature Volvo grille. It measures 176 inches in length, and sits on a 100-inch wheelbase. Ground clearance reaches 6.9 inches, and the curb weight of the 2000 Volvo V40 is 3040 lbs. The styling looks much smoother around the edges than most Volvo models. The paint comes in a choice of eight factory colors. The Volvo V40 comes standard with a roof rack and heated mirrors. Exterior factory options include fog lights, metallic paints, traction control, a headlight cleaner, and a rear spoiler.
The Volvo V40 provides comfort with specially designed seats that help prevent whiplash during a rear-end collision, automated climate controls, three-point seat belts, headrests, and cloth upholstery. Cargo space reaches 30 cubic feet while using the back seats, and with the back seats down, cargo space increases to 61 cubic feet. Unfortunately, the rear doors and back seats seem a bit narrow, but that should be expected of a compact station wagon. The 2000 Volvo V40 comes standard with illuminated vanity mirrors, armrests in the front and rear, dual door bins, under-the-seat air ducts, and a seven speaker audio system with AM/FM/Cassette/CD radio with an amplifier. Factory options get pricey, and they include a power moonroof, leather seats, heated seats, leather steering wheel trim, a trip computer, and a CD changer.
Performance & Handling
One of the downsides to the Volvo V40 concerns the lack of engine options, but the 160-hp, 1.9-liter, four-cylinder engine gets the job done pretty well. Volvo's Light-Pressure Turbo system allows for 170 lb-ft of torque at as low as 1800 rpm. The taut suspension provides a comfortable ride. Overall, the 2000 Volvo V40 packs plenty of acceleration, speed, and reliability into a small wagon.
The Volvo V40 comes standard with driver, passenger, and side airbags. The dual front airbags have two deployment levels that allow for deployment during low-speed collisions. Child safety locks and the engine immobilizer also come standard. The seats are specifically design to minimize whiplash, and the seat belts have pretensioners to ensure they tighten when necessary. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes do an extremely good job, and all the seats have a three-point seat belt for optimum safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volvo V40: 19/26 mpg city/highway
- Compact design
- Safety features
- Rounded styling
- Affordable base price
You Won't Like
- Compact design
- Pricey options
- Only available with automatic transmission
Reliable safety in a family package.
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