Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Volvo S40 overview
German car companies have long been the dominant players in the compact sport sedan market.
Volvo released the improved second-generation S40 midway through 2004. Current Volvo S40
The Volvo S40 compact sport sedan is available in three trim levels. The front-wheel-drive 2.4i trim comes with a 2.4-liter five-cylinder engine, while those looking for a sportier drive should take a look at the T5 R-Design or T5 R-Design AWD trim, which is powered by a turbocharged 227-hp 2.5-liter five-cylinder. A five-speed automatic is mandatory for all S40 models, and front-wheel drive is standard on all but the T5 R-Design AWD.
Standard features include alloy wheels, a telescoping steering wheel with auxiliary audio controls, a sunroof, Bluetooth and a six-CD changer with satellite radio. Leather seating, premium Dolby ProLogic audio, a navigation system and a Sport package are just some of the optional luxury features that Volvo offers. In reviews, our editors have found the Volvo S40 to be an entertaining car to drive. The chassis and suspension give the car sharp handling attributes. Used Volvo S40 Models
The present second-generation Volvo S40 was introduced midyear as a 2004.5 model. The first-generation Volvo S40 sport sedan debuted for 2000. A four-speed automatic transmission delivered power to the front wheels, and there was no manual transmission or AWD option. Standard features included ABS, automatic climate control, power windows and locks, and heated mirrors, while features like leather upholstery and a power driver seat were optional. For 2003, power was increased to 170 hp, and a CD player became standard.
The 2011 Volvo S40 ranks 3 out of 5 Upscale Small Cars. The 2011 Volvo S40 is a classy-looking car with a strong reputation for safety. It starts at $27,750, about $2,000 less than the BMW 1-Series.
Volvo redesigned the S40 in 2008. For 2011, Volvo simplified its trim, engine and transmission options; everything else remains the same.
The BMW 1-Series is one of the best drivers in the class. Starting at $29,150, the BMW 1-Series has two engine and transmission options that shoppers can select to fit their driving needs. The Volkswagen GTI is one of the least expensive cars in the class that offers a complete package: high performance, affordability, great fuel economy and a comfy interior. A diesel engine that enhances fuel economy is also available. The A3 is a good performer that has an upscale feel that tops the BMW 1-Series and Volkswagen GTI.
The 2011 Volvo S40 is available in two trims: T5 and R-Design.
The Volvo S40 is a compact executive sedan built by the Swedish automaker since 1995. In 2001 Volvo gave the car an update by revising its suspension and steering and implementing a minor facelift.
The 2010 Volvo S40 is available in 2.4i, T5 R-Design and T5 AWD R-Design trims, while the V50 only comes in base 2.4i and the range-topping T5 AWD R-Design trims. Two different engines are on offer: a 2.4-liter five-cylinder with 168 horsepower and a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder with 227 horsepower. A six-speed manual and five-speed automatic are available. The R-Design package includes a sports bodykit with color-coordinated side skirts and front and rear spoilers, aluminum sport pedals, a sport steering wheel, premium leather seating surfaces with an embossed R-Design logo, a sport shift knob, R-Design inlays, and a watch dial instrument cluster.