2010 Volvo S40 | new car review

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 by









The S40 is a mid-size sedan that shares its platform with the Ford Focus and the Mazda3, although some clever design makes it look a larger vehicle than these.

As a model it’s also positioned higher in the market than its Ford-owned stable mates, reflecting the more luxurious and premium image that the Swedish car maker has forged for itself.

With some excellent build quality and nice design touches inside and out, the S40 will seat five and provides an alternative to some of the well-loved German brands in the Middle East market. To date however, Volvo has yet to make a huge impact in the region.

Just one version of the S40 is available (in the UAE) and it’s a fairly low-end version compared to the rest of the range, perhaps due to its age – the car is now six years old and is beginning to show it, despite a refresh in 2008. The Comfort trim level includes textile seats and 16-inch alloys, while luxuries include cruise control, a radio CD player and rear parking sensors.

Volvo is noted for its commitment to safety, and features on the S40 include dual front driver and passenger airbags as well as ABS with emergency brake assistance. This detects if the driver is making an emergency stop and automatically applies the maximum stopping power while ensuring that the car stays stable. Should you perform an emergency brake at more than 50kph, the rear brake lights will flash rapidly to warn traffic behind you.

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