You definitely get more bang for your buck. But most of all, I really like the floating dashboard! Primary Use: Commuting to work A Very Good Car. The car has been a treat to drive and makes the daily commute more of a joy than a chore. Two tone seats and bodykit. I look forward to the addition of the six speed manual gearbox to the turbo model in 2009.
But it seemed sturdy, nothing rattled, and, consistent with volvo's philosophy, form followed function. It is fun to drive, the handling is nimble and responsive, and the power is great for a naturally aspirated five cylinder. Yet after driving one, its really the feature it includes which might explain why its rather expensive. The suspension is stiffer than in the 2. Nice attraction on the roads, easy to park, nice features on the dashboard. The drive-ability is great with a little bit of body roll that should be expected.
Primary Use: Family transportation Good To Have If You Appreciate It — Cool to drive in tiptronic mode always. Would definitely go with the Turbo 2. Sound quality from stereo is great. Despite the fact that the S40 and its V50 wagon sibling were last redesigned in late 2003 and are both still looking great, like vain Hollywood 30-somethings they've gone under the knife for a nip-tuck anyway. The pirelli tyres and front strut brace make the front a bit too tight and the back a little loose given the weight of the car. I like the way new Volvos have looked, they're no longer the square bricks I remember from the 80s where some looked ghastly.
Primary Use: Commuting to work Volvo S40 D5 2. Volvo has finally put out a vehicle on par performance wise with the two major German manufacturers. This means the handling is quite sharp and the drive is quite engaging. Add in Volvo reliability and safety and you have one gem of a European sports sedan. The build quality wasn't quite as exquisite as that on my lexus, nor on the other volvo we own. Very sexy for a Volvo.
And it managed an average of 34 mpg, with the vast majority of the thousand or so miles driven being on the highway, but that's pretty impressive, 'cos that higher than what a prius would've done on this kind of road. The sleek Scandinavian design looks great in addition to being an integral part of the vehicle's fuel economy. That was a pleasant surprise on those twisty roads. I've had it sideways where it caught me out Keep the car balanced but with a dab of oppo I was away. The transmission was brilliant, though, and made good use of every one of the few horsepowers the engine gave it. The most important kit - the airbags and safety features weren't options, but instead, all standard and were still present in this one.
To drive its pretty similar to driving a heavy Mazda3 since both are based off the same European Ford Focus platform the American one is outdated in comparison. And that's a good thing to know on such a long road trip, and that it's still a volvo underneath it all. Other than that, no complaints. And obviously, it was pretty much the lowest spec possible. Fun factor: Its ok, Its comfortable but not exciting. Units Affected 416 Volvo's entry level S40 sedan has led the last two full-line Volvo makeovers, each of which has met with critical acclaim. Volvo has also once again delivered on the exterior looks.
The back seats aren't terribly roomy, but that's okay - it isn't a very big car on the outside either. I imagine it's not easy to crash this thing, and what's even more surprising for a volvo, it handles well. Being over 6 feet tall, I wish the back seats had more legroom. Primary Use: Commuting to work. The interior is amazing the design is simple modern and not hard on the eyes.
Still the nice touches are why some might buy one. The 4-cylinder in the 2. Not bad torque, handles well, good acceleration, watch for the brakes. The car looks great though it could stand to be about half an inch lower. Great Overall Value For European Brand! The seats are comfortable, but not much leg room in the back seats. The interior can be upgraded to compete with the finest German interior, and even the base rivals most of them.
Crash into a Volvo and die :p Appearance: The R-design is drop dead gorgeous. Overall the suspension is firm and adds to the sporty feel of the vehicle. Couple that with what are in my opinion the most comfortable seats you can get in a car and you have a fantastic interior. Primary Use: Family transportation It's Cheap, But Still A Volvo. My only true bone to pick with this car was the fact that they fitted a pipette for the petrol tank - it only has a range of around 250 highway miles on one tank or it did for me , and it must be tiny - just 10 gal or so. The interior is actually quite nice in an S40, there's quite a few buttons but not enough to overwhelm you. It felt fairly light and maneuverable, and most importantly in a volvo, planted.
. The tiny engine didn't give the car much oomph - understandable when you consider it weighs just shy of two tons. But it was enough to propel it along the road. The ride quality is not compromised with the stiffer suspension, the ability to feel the surface you are driving on is a requirement. . .