Volvo S40

Volvo S40

About Volvo S40

There are plenty of compact sport sedans on the market. Some try to win over customers by offering high-end features at a bargain price. Others entice buyers with a combination of European styling, handling and craftsmanship. One car that manages to do both is the 2011 Volvo S40. The 2011 Volvo S40 boasts a 227-horsepower turbocharged engine and long list of standard and available features. While not as polished as an Audi A3 or Lexus IS 250, the Volvo S40 is a viable competitor with either car, thanks to its balance of performance, economy and affordability.

2011 Volvo S40
What's new for 2011?
2011 Volvo S40

For 2011, Volvo has discontinued the base S40 2.4i model and dropped the manual transmission and all-wheel-drive option. The T5 becomes the entry-level S40 while the R-Design remains the top-of-the-line offering.

2010 Volvo S40
What's new for 2010?
2010 Volvo S40

The V40 2.4i now comes standard with a five-speed manual (last year's standard five-speed automatic is optional.) Other new features for the base model include electronic climate control and a leather gearshift knob with aluminum inlay.

2009 Volvo S40
What's new for 2009?
2009 Volvo S40

The V40 2.4i receives more standard equipment, including a five-speed automatic transmission (the manual option has been dropped), 17-inch wheels, upgraded sound system with six-disc CD/MP3 changer, a power moonroof, fog lights, power driver's seat and Bluetooth connectivity. The T5 R-Design receives additional R-inspired trim both inside and out, as well as leather seating with R embossed logo, memory functions for the driver's seat and heated front seats.

2008 Volvo S40
What's new for 2008?
2008 Volvo S40

The V40 gets a slight freshening with a new front end and numerous interior improvements. An auxiliary audio input jack and a tire-pressure monitor are standard on all versions. T5 models get nearly 10 additional horsepower but lose their manual transmission option. SIRIUS Satellite Radio is standard on all T5 models.

2007 Volvo S40
What's new for 2007?
2007 Volvo S40

The 2.4i model receives stability control and a new overhead console, while the front-wheel-drive T5 models now feature a five-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. Optional audio units feature an MP3-compatible CD player and an audio input jack.

Consumer Reviews

Always in the shop!

By on Thursday, July 10, 2008

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

"I have had my S40 for 3 years, and it is in the shop about every three months for something or another. I have already had the transmission replaced, and the car only has 25,000 miles on it. The warranty is about to expire, and I feel I cannot keep this car without a warranty to cover all the expensive fixes. When it runs, it is a perfect car, but it is always in the shop!"

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

By on Wednesday, June 11, 2008

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

"I have never had a car with so many problems after so few miles: AC, power locks, brakes, airbag, engine. In one year, I have taken this car in for repairs seven times."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

love my volvo

By on Friday, October 3, 2008

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

"The only reason I'm on KBB is because I was in an accident yesterday with my S40. I will definitely be purchasing another if mine is totaled. Yes - chances are my S40 is totaled - AND I WALKED AWAY! The only thing I can fault Fergie (I named my S40, because she's not quite a princess, she still had to work) is the head rests. They are a little too far forward, however never caused discomfort. Only annoyed when I wanted to pull my hair back into a ponytail. I would recommend this Volvo 100 times over!"

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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