2007 Volvo S40 | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

The S40 was launched in autumn 2003 as a somewhat larger sedan evolution of its Dutch-built predecessor. The design language and the specification level harmonised more closely with the larger S60. The aim was to give customers large-car properties in a compact format and with clearly sporty overtones.

Despite its compact exterior dimensions, the offers a spacious and flexible interior. Every passenger seat has a fold-flat backrest. With the seats folded down, the load floor is entirely flat.

The interior is inspired by Scandinavian product design with the emphasis on uncluttered surfaces, honest materials and good function. The Volvo S40 (and Volvo V50) saw the introduction of Volvo’s ultra-slim, free-floating centre console with illuminated storage compartment behind.  The Volvo S40 and V50 were also launched with a specially developed upholstery material – T-Tec – that echoes ultra-modern sports clothes and travel goods.

The body of the Volvo S40 features immense torsional rigidity and the car has a sturdy chassis, a combination that results in consistent, predictable behaviour on the road.

Protective safety comes from building the car in the form of a metal cage from different grades of steel, where all the components interact with one another to ensure controlled deformation. Interior safety is ensured by Volvo’s famed systems, such as WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System), SIPS (Side Impact Protection System) and IC (Inflatable Curtain). All five seats are equipped with three-point inertia-reel seat belts, belt pre-tensioners and head restraints.

The engines in the Volvo S40 are transversely installed in-line units. New methods of shrinking the engine’s external dimensions have made it possible to fit a five-cylinder engine in the compact S40 body. This creates a compact car with high performance and large-car feel. The Volvo S40 T5 is the top model, featuring a turbocharger and five-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox. The T5 model is also available with electronically controlled All-Wheel Drive.

Body TypeSedan
Price (in AED)85,000-125,000
Engine (litre)2.42.4T5
Power (bhp)140170220
Torque (Nm)220230320

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