A Hot Volvo for a Cold Road

The sporty S40 has the bad-weather traction, power, and handling to match an SUV. The rest of the low-priced package isn't bad, either

The Volvo S40 is a real driver's car: a quick, compact four-door sedan you can get with both all-wheel drive and a stick shift. It's a genuine rival to all-wheel-drive versions of German sedans much prized by driving enthusiasts, such as the Audi A4 Quattro and the BMW 325xi, as well as the all-wheel-drive Subaru Legacy.

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