The S40 sedan (and V40 and V50 station wagons) is a compact car sold by Volvo Cars. There have been two distinctly different models of the cars, the first launched in 1995, and the second completely-new model in 2004.

See Autopedia's comprehensive Volvo S40 Review.

Recent Changes

  • Volvo unveiled its ultra-efficient diesel 2009 DRIVe range at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. Among the cars involved are the C30, S40 and the V50. Each car will be powered by a 1.6 litre turbodiesel inline-4 attached to a 5-speed manual with longer gear ratios in 3rd, 4th and 5th to maximize efficiency. Besides the powertrain, Volvo also paid special attention to each car's aerodynamics in its pursuit of "green-ness". So all cars now sit 10 mm lower, the radiators have been covered to eliminate air turbulence, the wheels sport a unique alloy design fitted with Michelin's low rolling resistance rubber, the S40 and V50 is fitted with the T5's front spoiler while the C30 gets a redesigned rear bumper complemented by a diffuser and a new hatch-mounted spoiler. All of this effort means an EU combined cycle rating of 76 mpg and a CO2 emmision of 120 g/km. The entire package will be available for €150 to €450. [1]
  • The 2007 S40 remains virtually unchanged cosmetically from its 2006 predecessor, save for new wheel options and a new exterior body color. However, some of the packaged features have changed, and a new traction control system is now standard for all models.

Styles and Major Options

The 2007 S40 comes in two trims, the 2.4i and the T5. The 2.4i is powered by a 2.4L 168hp 5-cylinder engine and the T5 houses a 2.5L 218hp 5-cylinder. In addition, while the 2.4i is only available in front wheel drive, the T5 comes in either a front wheel drive or all wheel drive version. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on the 2.4i, with the option for a 5-speed Geartronic automatic, and the T5 comes with a 6-speed manual for its FWD version and the same 5-speed Geartronic auto for its AWD version. Some of the standout features for these trims include:

S40 2.4i

  • 16" silver alloy wheels
  • 8-way driver (4-way passenger) front bucket seats
  • Premium cloth seating
  • Dual zone front manual air conditioning
  • 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system
  • Cruise control
  • Leather telescopic tilt steering wheel
  • Power locks, windows, mirrors

S40 T5 Adds to or replaces 2.4i features with:

  • 8-way power driver's seat
  • Aluminum dashboard insert
  • Leather shift knob
  • Trip computer


Today's actual prices for the Volvo S40 can be found at CarsDirect.

S40 Trims












Gas Mileage

As seen on the website, the City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:


2.4L 2WD

2.4L 2WD

2.5L 2WD

2.5L 2WD

2.5L AWD

2.5L AWD









The current generation of S40 only debuted in 2005, so accurate long-term reliability information is not yet available. However, the last model in the previous generation, the 2004 S40, was given an overall Green rating from Automotive Information Systems, indicating minimal problems with the vehicle.

  • RECALL ALERT: On February 2008, Volvo announced a recall entailing 82,000 S40 and V50s equipped with the 5-cylinder petrol engine built between 2004 and 2006. The issue stems from fuel pump electronics being exposed to rain, snow and road salt leading to their degradation. If excessive rust occurs it can lead to fuel starvation of the engine and thus, engine stalling. Vehicles from cold weather climates will receive the repairs while vehicles found in warmer countries will get an extended warranty instead. [2]
  • RECALL ALERT: On Jul 29, 2008, Volvo issued a recall affecting 1020 C1 platform Volvos: C30, S40, V50, and C70 due to a faulty power steering return line which may rupture and cause the loss of power steering.[3]


The S40 performed well in safety tests carried out by the NHTSA. It received 5-Star ratings for side-impact crash tests and for passenger side front-impact tests. For driver side front-impact crash tests and rollover, the S40 received 4-Star ratings.

Some of the standard safety equipment that can be found on the S40 includes:



A full list of the S40's colors is viewable at Some of the available combinations are:


  • Barents Blue Metallic
  • Electric Silver Metallic
  • Ice White
  • Passion Red
  • Titanium Gray Metallic


  • Off-Black
  • Quartz Beige
  • Umbra Brown/Quartz Beige

Main Competitors

Hybrid Models

There are currently no hybrid models of the S40 in production.

Unique Attributes

Resale Values

According to Kelley Blue Book, "although the new S40 is projected to hold its value better than the previous generation, it still trails the Subaru Impreza, Acura TSX and Audi A4 2.0 in expected 24-, 36- and 48-month residual values."


  • "The S40 still could benefit from a larger optional engine." - Automotive
  • "Exhibits more body roll than some other competitors." - Motor Trend
  • "If you regularly need room for four adults, the S40's cramped rear seat and moderate headroom are a negative. Power in the base car is far from exhilarating and all-wheel drive is available only with the pricier T5." - Kelley Blue Book
  • "Characteristically odd Swedish ergonomics." - AutoWeek

Current Generation (2004–Present)

Introduced in the middle of the 2004 model year, the second generation S40 introduced a new design based on the Volvo P1 platform built at the Volvo Cars factory in Ghent, Belgium. At the same time, the V40 was replaced by the V50 wagon, also based on the Volvo P1 platform and built in Ghent. The S40 was nominated for the World Car of the Year award for 2005 and won the Canadian Car of the Year Best New Sport Compact award for 2005. It has also been elected the South African Car of the Year for 2005 by the South African Guild of Motoring Jounalists.

The S40's dimensions are as follows:

  • Wheelbase: 2640 mm (104 in)
  • Overall Length: 4468 mm (176 in)
  • Width: 1770 mm (70 in)
  • Height: 1452 mm (57 in)
  • Weight (depending on the engine): 1399-1426 kg (3084-3144 lb)

The S40 T5 (one of the several variants of the S40) features a 2.5 L (2521 cc) five-cylinder fuel injected engine with a light-pressure turbocharger. The valvetrain has four valves per cylinder and is a DOHC design. The engine is transversely mounted at the front of the vehicle and drives the front wheels.

Engine specifications table:

Specification S40 1.6 S40 1.8 S40 2.4 S40 2.4i S40 T5 S40 T5 AWD S40 1.6 D S40 2.0 D
Power kW/hp 74/100 92/125 103/140 125/170 162/218 162/218 80/109 100/136
Torque Nm/r/min 150/4000 165/4000 220/4000 230/4400 320/1500–4800 320/1500–4800 240/1750 320/2000
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (aut/man) 11,9 s/- 10,9/- 9,9/10,6 s 8,2/8,9 s 6,8/7,2 7,1/7,5 12,0 s/- 9,5/-
Top speed km/h (aut/man) 185/- 200/- 205/200 220/215 240/235 230/225 190/- 210/-
Fuel consumption l/100 km (CO2 g/km) manual 9,5/5,8/7,2 (171) 9,8/5,7/7,2 (172) 12,3/6,5/8,4 (199) 12,4/6,6/8,7 (208) 12,5/6,4/8,7 (208) 13,5/7,3/9,6 (229) 6,2/4,2/4,9 (129) 7,6/4,5/5,6 (148)
Fuel consumption l/100 km (CO2 g/km) automatic - - 13,2/6,7/9,1 (217) 13,7/6,7/9,1 (217) 13,7/6,9/9,4 (224) 15,1/7,2/10,1 (241) - -

Previous Generations

First Generation/Origins (1995-2004)

The 1995 S40 sedan and V40 wagon were built in the Netherlands at the NedCar factory, a pre-Ford joint venture between Volvo and Mitsubishi Motors. It was based on common platform with Mitsubishi Carisma but did not sell as well. Despite the shared platform, they were not the same car: of the 5,000 parts on the cars, 4,000 were unique to each. Of the remainder, 650 were produced by Volvo and 350 by Mitsubishi. Volvo's traditional emphasis for safety and ergonomics were thus easily identifiable in these models too.

In 2000 the 40 Series went through a facelift, and a number of technical improvements were simultaneosly introduced, such as increasing the size of brake discs, upgrading some suspension components and slight widening of the track width. These new specification 40 Series Volvos are often referred to as "Phase II" models.

The 40 Series cars were equipped with a 1.9 L diesel or 1.6 L, 1.8 L or 2.0 L fuel-injected gasoline engines, not forgetting the sporty low (2.0T) and high (T4) pressure turbo variants on top of the motor range. The 1.9T was the only engine available in the United States.


Design quirks and oddities


See also

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