The first generation of Volvo S-series sedan appeared in the year 2000. The sedan was not a typical product of Volvo plants. When Volvo S40 appeared in an extended form of the body, it stood out of the crowd.
The first generation models were equipped with 1.9-liter four-cylinder engine. Four-speed automatic transmission supported front-wheel drive. Later, next generations of the model were equipped with the redesigned 2.4-liter engine, producing 168 horsepower, and the four-wheel drive became available, too. But the most recent models boast 5.5-liter turbocharged engine, able to show 227 horsepower, coupled to five-speed automatic transmission.
The pleasure of piloting Volvo S40 begins the moment you sit in the cabin. The chassis, suspension and steering are all balanced and provide nice sensations while driving in town.
As for the exterior of the car, it underwent changes since the first versions were produced. Experts state that the model is classy, stylish and doesn’t have a purely “German” touch on it. The designers put sporty suspension on the car to make it look more dynamic. Also, there is a sunroof. The cargo capacity is impressive for this class of cars, despite its compactness and the minimalist nature of the interior.
Inside the car the seats are very comfortable for the driver, though adults in the rear can find the room for legs insufficient. The interior is rather functional: dash and panels are easy to handle. Furthermore, there are lots of space-saving bins for all sorts of things and products.
The standard features of the car boast all the modern amenities, available at a hand’s reach. The standard specs are: satellite radio, 6-CD changer and heated seats in R-designs. The navigation system as well as the premium sound system are also optional and become available in luxurious versions of the car.
Volvo S40 is able to tackle everyday needs of its owner. The spacious multifunctional cabin provides lots of space for the occupants and all types of cargo. It caters for those, who value the quality and functionality of the vehicle.