The suspension is stiffer than in the 2. 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. Still the nice touches are why some might buy one. Primary Use: Family transportation Good To Have If You Appreciate It — Cool to drive in tiptronic mode always. The interior is amazing the design is simple modern and not hard on the eyes.
Not bad torque, handles well, good acceleration, watch for the brakes. Primary Use: Family transportation It's Cheap, But Still A Volvo. The car has been a treat to drive and makes the daily commute more of a joy than a chore. Add in Volvo reliability and safety and you have one gem of a European sports sedan. Would definitely go with the Turbo 2.
Other than that, no complaints. The drive-ability is great with a little bit of body roll that should be expected. The sleek Scandinavian design looks great in addition to being an integral part of the vehicle's fuel economy. 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similar to driving a heavy Mazda3 since both are based off the same European Ford Focus platform the American one is outdated in comparison. The interior can be upgraded to compete with the finest German interior, and even the base rivals most of them.
Nice attraction on the roads, easy to park, nice features on the dashboard. It is fun to drive, the handling is nimble and responsive, and the power is great for a naturally aspirated five cylinder. The transmission was brilliant, though, and made good use of every one of the few horsepowers the engine gave it. But it was enough to propel it along the road. But most of all, I really like the floating dashboard! I like the way new Volvos have looked, they're no longer the square bricks I remember from the 80s where some looked ghastly. This means the handling is quite sharp and the drive is quite engaging.
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. I imagine it's not easy to crash this thing, and what's even more surprising for a volvo, it handles well. . Yet after driving one, its really the feature it includes which might explain why its rather expensive. Primary Use: Commuting to work Volvo S40 D5 2.
The 4-cylinder in the 2. Volvo has finally put out a vehicle on par performance wise with the two major German manufacturers. 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. Sound quality from stereo is great. 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. And obviously, it was pretty much the lowest spec possible.
Two tone seats and bodykit. Great Overall Value For European Brand! Very sexy for a Volvo. I've had it sideways where it caught me out Keep the car balanced but with a dab of oppo I was away. 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 ride quality is not compromised with the stiffer suspension, the ability to feel the surface you are driving on is a requirement.
I look forward to the addition of the six speed manual gearbox to the turbo model in 2009. The build quality wasn't quite as exquisite as that on my lexus, nor on the other volvo we own. The most important kit - the airbags and safety features weren't options, but instead, all standard and were still present in this one. That was a pleasant surprise on those twisty roads. Primary Use: Commuting to work A Very Good Car.