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Volvo S40 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Inline 5-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 227 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/30 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2010 Volvo S40

  • The 2010 Volvo S40 is a stylish and comfortable sedan. However, it's more expensive than the capable VW Jetta GLI and isn't as sporty or polished as true European luxury sport sedans.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Comfortable front seats, ample safety features, emphasis on style, available all-wheel drive, sprightly optional turbocharged engine.

  • Cons

    Not quite a luxury sedan despite premium pricing, tepid acceleration with base engine, handling falls short of true sport sedans, underwhelming safety scores.

  • What's New for 2010

    Only a year after being banished from North America, the Volvo S40 2.4i's standard five-speed manual transmission is back for 2010, and the T5 AWD R-Design gets a standard six-speed manual. The five-speed automatic remains standard on the front-wheel-drive T5 R-Design but returns to the options list for the other trims. Other updates include two-position head restraints (versus fixed) and revised options availability. Fuel economy estimates are also improved for 2010.

Full 2010 Volvo S40 Review

What's New for 2010

Only a year after being banished from North America, the Volvo S40 2.4i's standard five-speed manual transmission is back for 2010, and the T5 AWD R-Design gets a standard six-speed manual. The five-speed automatic remains standard on the front-wheel-drive T5 R-Design but returns to the options list for the other trims. Other updates include two-position head restraints (versus fixed) and revised options availability. Fuel economy estimates are also improved for 2010.

Introduction

There are regular cars and there are luxury cars. Between these two worlds exists a niche for vehicles like the 2010 Volvo S40. The S40 is a premium model for sure, but we wouldn't call it a luxury sedan. As such, the S40 might appeal to people who can't afford something like an Audi A4 but still want a car that's more prestigious to own than a Mazda 3.

To its credit, the S40 looks more sophisticated than many sedans, and its overall styling has stayed surprisingly fresh even though the car has entered its sixth year of production. The interior is also sleek-looking, with a "floating" center console and customizable trim options that make the S40 stand out from the crowd. Still, it's unlikely that you'd be able to convince many of your friends that your Volvo is cooler than a BMW or a Mercedes-Benz and those brands typically enjoy more brand cachet.

Nonetheless, if you're shopping in this in-between segment, the suave S40 might be an appealing option. The cheaper Volkswagen Jetta and its GLI performance variant offer competitive acceleration and handling, but their interior styling is a relatively ho-hum affair despite quality construction and materials. Accordingly, the 2010 Volvo S40 could be a solid choice, particularly if you can get a big discount on one. But make sure you also check out the Acura TSX, the Lexus IS 250 and perhaps even a loaded version of the highly regarded Mazda 3.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Volvo S40 sedan is available in two trim levels, 2.4i and T5 R-Design. The base model comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, cruise control, automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat, a tilt-telescoping steering column, neoprene-like T-Tec upholstery (also known as Dalaro), Bluetooth and an eight-speaker stereo with CD player, auxiliary audio jack, iPod/USB audio jack and HD radio. The T5 R-Design adds a turbocharged engine, driver memory functions, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, partial leather upholstery and upgraded R-Design exterior and interior trim.

On the options list, the Climate package includes heated front seats, headlight washers and automatic wipers. The Preferred package gets you a sunroof, a power passenger seat and keyless ignition/entry. The Multimedia package available on the T5 models is really a 12-speaker surround-sound system that includes satellite radio. Stand-alone options include adaptive bi-xenon headlights, a blind-spot warning system, full leather upholstery and a built-in navigation system with real-time traffic updates or a portable navigation system. The T5 R-Design can also be equipped with 18-inch wheels.

Powertrains and Performance

The front-wheel-drive S40 2.4i is equipped with a 2.4-liter inline-5 that generates 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a five-speed automatic is optional. According to Volvo, this engine will trot the S40 up to 60 mph in an unhurried 8.4 seconds. Estimated EPA fuel economy is 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined.

The T5 R-Design gets a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5 that pumps out 227 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic is standard. There's also an all-wheel-drive version of the T5 R-Design available; it has a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with the automatic being optional. Estimated 0-60 times for these models are 6.7 seconds for the front-driver and 7 flat for the AWD version. EPA fuel economy estimates are average for this type of car at 20 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 24 combined for a manual-equipped S40 2.4i. Opting for the automatic changes these numbers slightly to 21/29/24. Surprisingly, the front-drive turbo T5 R-Design gets nearly identical fuel economy. A T5 with AWD drops a couple mpg lower.

Safety

Antilock disc brakes, traction control and stability control are standard on all 2010 Volvo S40s. Also included are front-seat side airbags and full-length head curtain airbags, along with whiplash-reducing front head restraints. A blind-spot warning system (BLIS) is optional across the lineup.

In government crash testing, the S40 scored four stars for driver protection in a frontal crash and a full five stars in the other frontal and side categories. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the S40 was awarded the best rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset test and the second-best "Acceptable" rating in the side impact test.

Interior Design and Special Features

If you like to shop at Ikea -- or at least admire the company's modern designs -- then the 2010 Volvo S40's interior should strike your fancy. The centerpiece is the slim "floating" center stack, which is suspended between the console and the dash. Pretty much everything about the S40's interior design is a direct challenge to the relatively austere interiors found in competing models. The R-Design in particular features snazzy two-tone seats and blue-faced gauges. It certainly looks cool, but calling it "luxurious" might be a stretch. It is plenty functional, though, as most controls are a model of simplicity.

The quality of the S40's interior materials is excellent, and the ergonomically designed seats are extraordinarily comfortable and supportive. While leather is available, we'd save a few bucks and opt for the standard "T-Tec" upholstery, which breathes well in hot weather and firmly holds occupants in place during cornering. Trunk capacity is unimpressive at 12.6 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

The base five-cylinder engine provides acceleration that's only slightly sprightlier than your typical four-cylinder family sedan. The turbocharged-5 is far superior, though its turbocharged nature makes it a little sluggish off the line. On curvy roads, the 2010 Volvo S40 is stable and confidence-inspiring, but less inspiring to drive than models like the BMW 3 Series or Infiniti G37.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



2nd volvo s40

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Vehicle: 2010 Volvo S40 2.4i 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl 5M)

The 1.9% fin, maint covered for 5yrs/60K miles pursuaded me to buy 2nd S40 (prior being '06). Ownership experience has exceeded every reasonable expectation. With few exceptions (AC compressor), maint expense has been more than reasonable, considerably less than had I settled on another luxury make (considered BMW, Lexus). Seating is very comfortable, interior asthetically clean and simple, dash/instrumentation very intuitive. Subtle changes from my prior S40 is improved center console, USB/AUX/iPOD interface, Bluetooth, Satelite/HD radio, Auto- Climate control, BLIS. performance/handling is tight and responsive, though not as that as the '06 (which had sport-tuned suspension)



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

My second volvo

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Vehicle: 2010 Volvo S40 2.4i 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl 5M)

My first Volvo was a very used, "beater" 1966 122S, reliable as an anvil, quirks and all. A few months back, after a lot of research, I purchased a 2010 S40 2.4i. After being severely injured in an auto accident I wanted a safe, practical, small car with good handling characteristics and decent performance. I drove a C30, then an S40 and decide that the S40 was for me. Besides daily driving I have logged 1200 miles on a road trip to Connecticut from Ohio and back putting in two 550 mile days in comfort.



1 of 2 people found this review helpful

My second volvo s40 2010

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Vehicle: 2010 Volvo S40 2.4i 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl 5M)

This is my second Volvo S40 and loving everything about it. The style, fit and finish of this car is very nice. It is a very solid well built car with every bit of safety in it. I just traded in my prius because I wanted more comfort and safety. I would rather pay more for gas and feel safe with my family in the car.




Well built car

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Vehicle: 2010 Volvo S40 2.4i 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl 5M)

This is the third S40 in the family, my second. This is the best money can buy at this time due to the 5 year warranty plan and discounts being taking off. After driving a prius for the last three years I really have missed my S40, such a solid well made car. Don't get me wrong, the only thing I'll miss about the prius will be the mileage. You can't put a price on your safety and comfort so I am willing to pay the extra for that. I now feel so much more relaxed when driving, I love my Volvo S40. The safety car crash star rating sold me back into my S40. My partner has had his now for five years and loves his as well, no major unexpected issues. For what I paid you get a lot.




My new volvo

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Vehicle: 2010 Volvo S40 2.4i 4dr Sedan (2.4L 5cyl 5M)

This car is great! It handles the lumps and bumps of New Jersey's winter worn roads with ease. I love the great pick-up and the nimble way it handles! The clutch shifts smoothly and is extremely easy to. The instrument panel is simple to use as it is very logically designed. I am really enjoying this car and am so glad I made the choice to purchase it.



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Solid ride

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Vehicle: 2010 Volvo S40 T5 R-Design 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)

Picked up my S40 AWD R5 turbo in Sweden in early January. Have driven it 1200 miles since, through a lot of snow and construction on the autobahns, as well as urban driving in tight European streets. I love the stability of the car; it inspires more confidence than anything else I've had. Corners very flat. The acceleration is fine with me. Great sound system.



Talk About The 2010 S40

2010 Volvo S40 Discussions See all Started By

susan_spencer
susan_spencer
01-02-2010
Looking at 2005-06 S40's and following this discussion. Decided to check Service Bulletins and 2006 had approx. 35 and 2007 around 12. Many electrical, air bag issues, etc. Realize all cars have servi...


eosinseattle
eosinseattle
05-23-2010
buying a 2010 T5 R-design S40 this month. haven't read about continuing brake issues this this puppy......


CarMan@Edmunds
CarMan@Edmunds
09-24-2009
Hi yingxiong. The $3,000 allowance that you have seen referenced on Volvo's website is for 2009 S40 models. The $1,250 is on 2010 S40 models. Naturally they cannot be combined....



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