Volvo S40 (2004 – 2012) Review
Volvo S40 (2004 – 2012) At A Glance
Comfortable, safe and enjoyable. Good looks, backed up by a decent drive.
Distracting reflections from dashboard and instruments. Floating dash panel doesn't suit everyone. Expensive problems with diesel more than three years old.
It's not often I get to test a new car and it turns out to exceed all expectations. Okay, just about anything would have been better than the old Mitsubishi Carisma based S40. And the Mazda 3 had already given a foretaste of what to expect in the chassis department. If the new S40 had been just a little bit better than the Mazda 3 it would have been fine.
Instead, it's close to sensational.
The signs for this particular launch were not good. Our plane suffered a bird in the engine while landing to pick us up, so we had to wait hours for a replacement plane. Then, on the main drive in Andalusia, it rained gatos y peros. And, even though we were in Spain, there was a shortage of Manuels, so we had no choice but to drive automatics. The rain didn't stop all day. So, sorry folks, apart from the headlight and the key picture I've had to use stock shots.
But the conditions were actually a better test of the car than bright sunlight and bone-dry roads. And both the 170bhp 2.4i and 220bhp T5 automatics behaved impeccably.
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On the inside of an Volvo S40 (2004 – 2012)
- Boot space is 325–883 litres
The seats are very comfortable; all five of them, though, like the S60, the centre rear is really only for children. The driving position is multi adjustable for all sizes of driver and there is plenty of headroom for those of higher altitude. The neat central instrument panel has no back, so there is space behind it, as in a MINI, which should make behind the fascia components such as the heater matrix more accessible for maintenance. The boot is deep, wide and square shaped, like the suitcases it will have to accommodate. And, of course, the back seats fold down.
I'd better mention a few features we hardly noticed. The key is entirely electronic. The Interior Air Quality System (climate control) did such a good job we never touched any of the buttons. Satnav and integrated phone systems are available. Side windows are laminated against intruders. The driver information system is anti-distraction so, for example, the phone won't take a call if the IDIS registers you are driving the car really hard.
But these are details. The two main reasons for buying the car are the way it looks and the way it goes. And it's terrific in both respects.
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Driving Volvo S40 (2004 – 2012)
The box is a five speeder with my pet bugbear of back-to-front Tiptronic style manual override and no steering wheel gearchange buttons. But they are my only complaints about the entire car. The programmable electro hydraulic steering was superbly weighted and accurate, making the car feel as well planted on the road as it actually was at all times. Even though some corners were covered in half an inch of water, I never unstuck it once, and never even felt the DSTC cut in. That's extremely impressive, because though most of the time we were driving at moderate speeds, sometimes we were way over 100 and saw 130 on one occasion. It's much nicer and much more confident than a front drive Audi A4, and most drivers will probably prefer it even to a BMW 3-Series or Mercedes C Class.
These are the cars it's very seriously up against. At last there's a viable ‘premium compact' alternative to the A4, 3-Series and C Class. The new Honda Accord shouldn't be forgotten here either, but it's a bigger less ‘sexy' sort of car. The new S40 will sell on looks to rival the A4 and handling to rival the 3-Series.
That's enough enthusiastic flannel. I'd better tell you a bit more about what you get for your money and the alternative engine packages.
January 2005 saw a 1.6 petrol model and a Ford/PSA 1.6 16v diesel, selling for around £15,000. 1.8 petrol models, with Ford rather than Mitsubishi engines, arrive in May 2004, from around £15,500 or maybe £16,000 (prices are not yet confirmed). But from January 2004 you'll be able to buy 2.4 5-cylinder petrol models with 170bhp, T5s with 220bhp and a 136bhp 2.0 litre diesel (the new Fods/PSA engine as first seen in the C-Max). The old S40 with 1.6 or 1.8 Mitsubishi engines, 2.0 four cylinder Volvo engines or 1.9 litre Renault based diesel engines will soldier on in production at Born, Holland until June 200 and will be distinguished in the time honoured way by being called the S40 ‘Classic'.
The new car is incredibly crash safe, as Volvo proved by T-boning an SC90 into the side of it. The doors sacrifice storage for strengthening. It has a clever new design of deformable front with collapsible buffers and a massively strong bulkhead to prevent the engine being pushed back into the passenger compartment. The floorpan and bodyshell are build from five different tensiles of steel for extra strength and make the car 68% more resistant to twisting than the old model. This stiffness in turn ensures the suspension and tyres work properly. And allow suspension settings that give good ride quality as well as excellent handling and road-holding.
|1.6||39–40 mpg||11.9 s||169–171 g/km|
|1.6 D||58 mpg||11.4–12.0 s||129 g/km|
|1.6D DRIVe||63 mpg||11.4 s||119 g/km|
|1.6D DRIVe Start/Stop||72–74 mpg||11.4 s||99–104 g/km|
|1.8||39–39 mpg||10.9 s||172–174 g/km|
|1.8 FlexiFuel||38 mpg||10.9 s||177 g/km|
|2.0||37–38 mpg||9.5 s||176–177 g/km|
|2.0 D||49 mpg||9.5 s||153 g/km|
|2.4i||33 mpg||7.7–8.2 s||203 g/km|
|D2||66 mpg||11.4 s||114 g/km|
|D3||50–55 mpg||9.5–9.6 s||134–149 g/km|
|D3 Geartronic||50 mpg||9.6 s||149 g/km|
|D4||50–55 mpg||8.7–8.8 s||134–149 g/km|
|D4 Geartronic||50 mpg||8.8 s||149 g/km|
|D5||46 mpg||7.9 s||164 g/km|
|T5||33 mpg||6.8 s||203–208 g/km|
|T5 Geartronic||31 mpg||7.2 s||211 g/km|
Volvo S40 (2004 – 2012) Models and Specs
|Kerb Weight||1249–1543 kg|
|Boot Space||325–883 L|
|Road Tax Bands||A–K|
|Official MPG||31.4–74.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
On sale until December 2012
|2.0 ES 4dr||£18,255||37.2 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 R-Design Edition 4dr||£20,270||37.2 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 SE Edition 4dr||£19,770||37.2 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 SE Lux Edition 4dr||£20,770||37.2 mpg||9.5 s|
|D2 ES 4dr||£20,245||65.7 mpg||11.4 s|
|D2 R-Design Edition 4dr||£22,245||65.7 mpg||11.4 s|
|D3 R-Design Edition 4dr||£23,865||55.4 mpg||9.5 s|
|D3 R-Design Edition Geartronic 4dr Auto||£25,350||50.4 mpg||9.6 s|
|D3 SE Edition 4dr||£23,365||55.4 mpg||9.5 s|
|D3 SE Edition Geartronic 4dr Auto||£24,850||50.4 mpg||9.6 s|
|D3 SE Lux Edition 4dr||£24,365||55.4 mpg||9.5 s|
|D3 SE Lux Edition Geartronic 4dr Auto||£25,850||50.4 mpg||9.6 s|
|DRIVe ES Start/Stop 4dr||£20,745||74.3 mpg||11.4 s|
|DRIVe SE Edition Start/Stop 4dr||£22,245||74.3 mpg||11.4 s|
|DRIVe SE Lux Edition Start/Stop 4dr||£23,245||74.3 mpg||11.4 s|
On sale until October 2011
|D3 ES 4dr||£21,610||55.4 mpg||9.5 s|
|D3 ES Geartronic 4dr Auto||£23,095||50.4 mpg||9.6 s|
|D4 R-DESIGN Edition 4dr||£24,610||55.4 mpg||8.7 s|
|D4 R-DESIGN Edition Geartronic 4dr Auto||£26,095||50.4 mpg||8.8 s|
|D4 SE Edition 4dr||£24,110||55.4 mpg||8.7 s|
|D4 SE Edition Geartronic 4dr Auto||£25,595||50.4 mpg||8.8 s|
|D4 SE Lux Edition 4dr||£25,110||55.4 mpg||8.7 s|
|D4 SE Lux Edition Geartronic 4dr Auto||£26,595||50.4 mpg||8.8 s|
|T5 R-DESIGN Edition Geartronic 4dr Auto||£24,860||31.4 mpg||7.2 s|
On sale until June 2011
|2.0 R-DESIGN 4dr||£19,995||37.2 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 SE 4dr||£19,810||37.2 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 SE Lux 4dr||£20,980||37.2 mpg||9.5 s|
|D2 (115ps) R-DESIGN 4dr||£22,585||65.7 mpg||11.4 s|
|D2 (115ps) SE 4dr||£22,350||65.7 mpg||11.4 s|
|D2 (115ps) SE Lux 4dr||£23,525||65.7 mpg||11.4 s|
|D3 (150ps) R-DESIGN 4dr||£23,720||55.4 mpg||9.5 s|
|D3 (150ps) R-DESIGN Geartronic 4dr Auto||£25,205||50.4 mpg||9.6 s|
|D3 (150ps) SE 4dr||£23,485||55.4 mpg||9.5 s|
|D3 (150ps) SE Geartronic 4dr Auto||£24,970||50.4 mpg||9.6 s|
|D3 (150ps) SE Lux 4dr||£24,655||55.4 mpg||9.5 s|
|D3 (150ps) SE Lux Geartronic 4dr Auto||£26,140||50.4 mpg||9.6 s|
|D4 (177ps) R-DESIGN 4dr||£24,495||55.4 mpg||8.7 s|
|D4 (177ps) R-DESIGN Geartronic 4dr Auto||£25,980||50.4 mpg||8.8 s|
|D4 (177ps) SE 4dr||£24,260||55.4 mpg||8.7 s|
|D4 (177ps) SE Geartronic 4dr Auto||£25,745||50.4 mpg||8.8 s|
|D4 (177ps) SE Lux 4dr||£25,430||55.4 mpg||8.7 s|
|D4 (177ps) SE Lux Geartronic 4dr Auto||£26,915||50.4 mpg||8.8 s|
|DRIVe (115ps) SE Lux Start/Stop 4dr||£24,035||74.3 mpg||11.4 s|
|DRIVe (115ps) SE Start/Stop 4dr||£22,860||74.3 mpg||11.4 s|
|T5 R-DESIGN Geartronic 4dr Auto||£24,880||31.4 mpg||7.2 s|
On sale until July 2010
|1.6 ES 4dr||£16,970||39.8 mpg||11.9 s|
|1.6 R-DESIGN 4dr||£19,220||39.8 mpg||11.9 s|
|1.6 SE 4dr||£18,745||39.8 mpg||11.9 s|
|DRIVe (109ps) ES Start/Stop 4dr||£20,095||72.4 mpg||11.4 s|
|DRIVe (109ps) SE Lux Start/Stop 4dr||£22,870||72.4 mpg||11.4 s|
|DRIVe (109ps) SE Start/Stop 4dr||£21,720||72.4 mpg||11.4 s|
On sale until April 2010
|2.0 R-DESIGN Premium 4dr||£21,470||37.2 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 SE Lux Premium 4dr||£22,370||37.2 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 SE Premium 4dr||£21,720||37.2 mpg||9.5 s|
|D3 (150ps) R-DESIGN Premium 4dr||£24,155||55.4 mpg||9.5 s|
|D3 (150ps) R-DESIGN Premium 4dr Auto||£25,605||50.4 mpg||9.6 s|
|D3 (150ps) SE Lux Premium 4dr||£25,055||55.4 mpg||9.5 s|
|D3 (150ps) SE Lux Premium 4dr Auto||£26,505||50.4 mpg||9.6 s|
|D3 (150ps) SE Premium 4dr||£24,405||55.4 mpg||9.5 s|
|D3 (150ps) SE Premium 4dr Auto||£25,855||50.4 mpg||9.6 s|
|D4 (177ps) R-DESIGN Premium 4dr||£24,905||55.4 mpg||8.7 s|
|D4 (177ps) R-DESIGN Premium 4dr Auto||£26,355||50.4 mpg||8.8 s|
|D4 (177ps) SE Lux Premium 4dr||£25,805||55.4 mpg||8.7 s|
|D4 (177ps) SE Lux Premium 4dr Auto||£27,255||50.4 mpg||8.8 s|
|D4 (177ps) SE Premium 4dr||£25,155||55.4 mpg||8.7 s|
|D4 (177ps) SE Premium 4dr Auto||£26,605||50.4 mpg||8.8 s|
|T5 R-DESIGN Geartronic Premium 4dr Auto||£25,670||31.4 mpg||7.2 s|
On sale until January 2010
On sale until October 2009
|D5 R-DESIGN 4dr||£22,060||45.6 mpg||7.9 s|
|D5 R-DESIGN 4dr Auto||£22,060||-||-|
|D5 R-DESIGN SE 4dr||£23,360||45.6 mpg||7.9 s|
|D5 R-DESIGN SE 4dr Auto||£23,360||-||-|
|D5 SE 4dr||£21,560||45.6 mpg||7.9 s|
|D5 SE 4dr Auto||£21,560||-||-|
|D5 SE Lux 4dr||£23,060||45.6 mpg||7.9 s|
|D5 SE Lux 4dr Auto||£23,060||-||-|
On sale until August 2009
|1.8 FlexiFuel SE 4dr||£18,145||38.2 mpg||10.9 s|
|1.8 R-DESIGN 4dr||£18,345||38.7 mpg||10.9 s|
|1.8 S 4dr||£16,345||38.7 mpg||10.9 s|
|1.8 SE 4dr||£17,845||38.7 mpg||10.9 s|
On sale until January 2009
|1.6 R-DESIGN Sport 4dr||£16,910||39.8 mpg||11.9 s|
|1.6D R-DESIGN Sport 4dr||£18,830||57.6 mpg||11.4 s|
|1.8 R-DESIGN Sport 4dr||£18,145||38.7 mpg||10.9 s|
|2.0 R-DESIGN SE Sport 4dr||£20,445||38.2 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 R-DESIGN Sport 4dr||£19,145||38.2 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0D R-DESIGN SE Sport 4dr||£21,255||48.7 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0D R-DESIGN SE Sport 4dr Auto||£21,255||-||-|
|2.0D R-DESIGN Sport 4dr||£19,955||48.7 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0D R-DESIGN Sport 4dr Auto||£19,955||-||-|
|D5 R-DESIGN SE Sport 4dr||£22,755||45.6 mpg||7.9 s|
|D5 R-DESIGN SE Sport 4dr Auto||£22,755||-||-|
|D5 R-DESIGN Sport 4dr||£21,455||45.6 mpg||7.9 s|
|D5 R-DESIGN Sport 4dr Auto||£21,455||-||-|
|T5 R-DESIGN SE Sport 4dr||£23,485||32.5 mpg||6.8 s|
|T5 R-DESIGN SE Sport 4dr Auto||£23,485||-||-|
|T5 R-DESIGN Sport 4dr||£22,185||32.5 mpg||6.8 s|
|T5 R-DESIGN Sport 4dr Auto||£22,185||-||-|
On sale until December 2008
|1.8 FlexiFuel R-DESIGN Sport 4dr||£18,204||38.2 mpg||10.9 s|
On sale until August 2008
|1.6D S 4dr||£17,095||57.6 mpg||12.0 s|
|1.6D SE 4dr||£18,595||57.6 mpg||12.0 s|
On sale until May 2007
|1.8 FlexiFuel Sport 4dr||£18,245||38.2 mpg||10.9 s|
|1.8 Sport 4dr||£17,645||38.7 mpg||10.9 s|
|2.0 D SE Sport 4dr||£20,495||48.7 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 D Sport 4dr||£19,445||48.7 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 SE Sport 4dr||£19,695||38.2 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 Sport 4dr||£18,645||38.2 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.4i SE 4dr||£19,495||33.2 mpg||8.2 s|
|2.4i SE 4dr Auto||£19,495||-||-|
|2.4i SE Lux 4dr||£20,995||33.2 mpg||8.2 s|
|2.4i SE Lux 4dr Auto||£20,995||-||-|
|D5 Geartronic SE Sport 4dr Auto||£23,495||-||-|
|D5 Geartronic Sport 4dr Auto||£22,445||-||-|
|T5 SE Lux 4dr||£22,995||32.5 mpg||6.8 s|
|T5 SE Lux 4dr Auto||£22,995||-||-|
|T5 SE Sport 4dr||£22,695||32.5 mpg||6.8 s|
|T5 SE Sport 4dr Auto||£22,695||-||-|
|T5 Sport 4dr||£21,645||32.5 mpg||6.8 s|
|T5 Sport 4dr Auto||£21,645||-||-|
On sale until February 2007
|1.6 SE 4dr||£16,250||39.2 mpg||11.9 s|
|1.8 SE Sport 4dr||£19,895||39.2 mpg||10.9 s|
|2.0 S 4dr||£16,995||38.2 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.4i S 4dr||£17,995||33.2 mpg||7.7 s|
|2.4i S 4dr Auto||£17,995||-||-|
|2.4i SE Sport 4dr||£21,895||33.2 mpg||7.7 s|
|2.4i SE Sport 4dr Auto||£21,895||-||-|
|2.4i Sport 4dr||£19,645||33.2 mpg||7.7 s|
|2.4i Sport 4dr Auto||£19,645||-||-|
|T5 SE 4dr||£21,495||32.5 mpg||6.8 s|
|T5 SE 4dr Auto||£21,495||-||-|
- Good quality and comfortable.
- Standard 1.6 and 2.0 diesels EU III. 2.0 diesel available as EU IV, but emissions and VED go up a VED band.
- 2.4D and D5 Inlet manifold swirl flaps prone to breaking off at any time from 3 years old.
- Complaints of selecting reverse rather than 1st due to narrow gate on diesel's 6-speed manual.
- Complaints of worse than 40mpg from 2.0 diesel cruising at 80.
- Complaints of dash top reflections in screen by day and instrument reflections at night and that the 'floating' instrument panel is hard to use.
- Complaints of poor fuel economy of 5-cylinder petrol automatics, though these owners may not have been aware of free dealer software update to address this (see Recalls).
What to watch out for
Special plastic electronic 'key' can get stuck in dashboard and in January 2006 Volvo was quoting until May 2006 to supply a replacement, offering custmers courtesy cars for that period.
Timing belt tensioners of D5s have been failing, so advisable to change belts and tensioners at 4 years or 60k miles whichever comes first.
Problems with 2.0 diesels include: wheel bearing failure, EGR valve failure, aircon issues, software problems and electrical gremlins.
End of plastic dipstick of 1.6 diesel engine can break and drop into sump requiring removal of sump to retrieve it.
ESP warning light can indicate Fault Code "Boost Pressure Sensor G201". This is embedded inside Teves Mk 60 ABS systems and requires replacement of ABS control unit/pump. Seems to be age-related, occurring mainly in 3 - 5 year old cars. Does not necessarily lead to an MoT failure. If car has been Volvo maintained, Volvo will usually meet 70% to 100% of replacement cost. Bosch ABS systems do not have the problem. Only affects cars up to 2007 model year. Does not affect S40s fitted with Bosch ABS units.
Dodgy dealers and unscrupulous private vendors are now unplugging the ECU as no warning then shows on the dash. Replace the plug and the light 'ECU off' appears permanently whether you switch it on or off.
Volvo dealers quote £1,000 for a new Diesel Particulate Filter for the 2.0 diesel.04-03-2011:
Volvo says, "Regarding the D2 diesel engine, the software has been improved so that particle filter regeneration is facilitated. As for all modern diesel engines with particle filter, it is still recommended to do some driving at a bit higher loads once in awhile, to ensure cleaning of the particle filter. However, our experience is that the D2 in V50 is really easy to regerarate, so it should work fine also for mostly city-driving. There is one second point concerning the D2: starting from late 2010 in V50, we do a hardware change from an additive particle filter to a catalyzed one. The additive filter type needed to be replaced or cleaned after 120,000 km, which is a costly repair. The new catalyzed solution does not require this, which is an advantage if the customer intends to keep the car for longer time."25-10-2011:
Timing belt tensioner of 2.5 litre Volvo engine can fail in as little as 50,000 miles, flinging off the belt and wrecking the engine, then landing the owner with a £6,000 bill.06-01-2012:
'Clunks' reported from the drivetrain of DRIVEe 1.6 D2s, probably from the dual mass flywheel coping with the high gear ratios. Better not to run too low revs in any gear.16-01-2012:
Turbo problem on 1.6TDCI/1.6HDI DV6 appears to be getting worse: Reader reports 1.6TDCI at 56,000 miles: "Car lost power plus growl/whine indicating turbo trouble - drove gently 3 miles to local garage where tech confirmed - pulled inlet rubber pipe and demonstrated wear in turbo bearings. He is quite clued up and knows a lot about this problem. There is a huge amount of evidence of similar cases in the Backroom forum and others, and there is clearly a serious problem affecting this engine. The cure is not just a new turbo, but new oil pipe, pump, pick-up, etc etc. Ford dealer prices for repairs are £1,200 for parts alone. There was a Ford TSB45/2008 about this. Newer engines (2008+) have modified parts. Apparently you can get a new turbo for £350 plus £120 for a "kit" of modified pipes/pick-up unions etc. from Transitpartsuk (International Parts Ltd) to fit next week. eBay supplier TransitpartsUK07-09-2012:
A/C condenser is a leaf trap that collects corrosive road salt leading to failure. Volvo is routinely replacing these FoC on cars up to 5 years old.28-01-2013:
Over-revving of low mileage Feb 2009 reg V50 D5 SE LUX caused by fraying of cables in the engine compartment that eventually blew the EMU. Quoted £3,500 to repair and a month's wait for parts.03-06-2013:
Refusal to start at embarrassing moments may be due to a known fault in the steering column lock. When trying to start the car, after a pause in a long journey, the warning lights may come on, the radio may works but the engine refuses to turn over. Common up to 2005, then corrected on later models. Mayb be related to early problems with plastic electronic key getting stuck in the dashboard.02-02-2014:
Powershift transmission failure on 2009/59 Volvo V50 2.0D at 54,500 miles. Last serviced by independent at 49k miles. Transmission fluid and microfilter had not been changed. First symptom delay in engaging drive. 2nd symptom lost reverse and would on go into 2nd forwards.
Most common fault with Volvo S40s in Warranty Direct claims data shown to be axles and suspension.21-11-2016:
Report of 2011 Volvo S40 1.6 diesel needing new clutch, flywheel and injectors.08-11-2017:
Volvo S40 2.0D vehicle failed to start and and showed error message: TURN STEERING WHEEL and ATTEMPT RESTART. Owner thinks this is a sympton of a common ECU problem. Volvo dealer replaced steering column lock that was not covered by owners's aftermarket warranty, but an ECU problem would have been. Unable to comment further on owner's speculation.
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Stunning looking 40 Series Volvo based on C1 floorpan of Ford Focus II, replaced Carisma-clone 40 Series, pitched against A4 and 3-Series. Built at Ghent in Belgium rather than the Nedcar plant at Born in Holland.
Dimensions: Length 4,468mm; Width 1,770mm; Height 1,452mm; Wheelbase 2,640mm; Front track 1,535mm; Rear track 1,531mm.
Range of Ford and Volvo engines from Ford's 1.6 Zetec S to Volvo's 2.4 litre 220bhp T5. Saloon, estate and coupe bodies. Built at Volvo's Ghent factory (rather than the Volvo/Mitsubishi Nedcar plant, Volvo's share of which has been sold to Mitsubishi).
Has confident, meaty steering feel from electro hydraulic rack and excellent roadholding. High standard of trim. Comfortable seats. Extremely strong and crash-safe.
Launch engines: 2.0D 4 cylinder diesel with 136bhp and 340Nm torque; 2.4i 5 cylinder with 170bhp and 230Nm torque; and 2.4 T5 5-cylinder with 220bhp and 320Nm torque. Further engines from Winter 2004 to include: 1.6 4 cylinder with 100bhp and 145Nm torque; 1.8 4 cylinder with 120bhp and 160 Nm torque and 1.6 4 cylinder diesel with 110bhp and 240Nm torque. 5 Star Euro and USA NCAP occupant safety rating and 2 Stars for pedestrian safety.
From January 2005, 1,596cc chain cam Mazda petrol engine with 100 bhp, 0-60 11.6, top speed 115, 39.2 mpg (Combined cycle), 172g/km CO2, VED Band C, from £15,298. 1,560cc Ford/PSA 16v diesel with 110 bhp, 240Nm torque, 0-60 11.7, top speed 127 and 57.6 mpg (Combined cycle), 129g/km CO2, VED Band A (diesel), From £16,568.
Free 3 year servicing offer to March 2005. Useful self-maintenance feature: by pulling out 2 metal slides you can remove the entire front lamp unit to change side, head, main beam bulbs and indicator.
Facelifted for 2007 with chunkier look more akin to 2nd generation S80. Production from May with first UK deliveries early July. Tail lights now LED.
‘Floating’ console centre stack has revised controls and is complemented by a multi-function centre tunnel storage area, a more compact handbrake design, and a revised armrest that’s longer and further forward for greater driver comfort. It can also flip through 180 degrees to act as a useful table for rear passengers.
New hard drive-based RTI road traffic information and satnav system and a redesigned remote key fob with Auto Open and Auto Close for all side windows and sunroof. Optional Active Bi-Xenon headlamps that swivel the light beam in continuous sync with steering direction.
Hazards automatically activate if any airbags go off. During emergency braking or when the anti-lock function is activated, the EBL Emergency Brake Lights function flashes all three brake lights five times a second to warn following drivers of the emergency braking manoeuvre. ISOFIX mountinghs in the rear seats now standard, as is water repellent glass2 on the front side windows for enhanced visibility in poor weather.
DPFs optional with 1.6 and 2.0 diesel engines. Without they were EU3. With DPFs they were EU4. DPFs compulsory from January 2008. The D5 diesel engine available with six-speed manual that can can handle the engine’s full 400 Nm of torque, compared to the 350 Nm of the auto. D5 an EU 5 engine. T5 model has 10 hp increase, taking output to 230 bhp.
D5 6-speed manual has phenomenal torque from low revs. Will pull cleanly from around 850rpm. (Torque is actually restricted from 400Nm to 350Nm because 400 would be too much for the chassis.) 6th gives 37.5mph/ 1,000rpm.
Volvo has designed a mounting bracket for the Garmin navi 760, eliminating the need for suckers on windscreens. Dealer installed and self powered it fits on top of the dash and can be folded away when not in use.
Ford/Getrag Powershift Automatic sequential six-speed transmission announced. Twin wet clutches (like VAG DSG) for fast and smooth changes. Over 47 mpg and less than 160 g/km CO2. Optimised for powerful diesel engines. The new Volvo automatic Powershift transmission was available to order from late February 2008 on the 136PS two-litre turbodiesel versions of the Volvo C30, S40 and V50 with a recommended retail price of £1,250. Operating as two parallel manual gearboxes, Powershift has twin wet clutches that work independently of one another. One clutch controls the odd gears (1, 3, 5 and reverse) while the other handles the even ratios (2, 4 and 6).
Volvo S40 and V50 from May 2008: In the S40 saloon and V50 Sportswagon, the RTI Navigation System has been updated with a new driver interface, new colours and a refresh to the menus and symbols and is now offered at a reduced recommended retail price of £1,500. The Family Pack now includes the Passenger Airbag Cut Off Switch, and is priced at £260 RRP.
The 2.4i petrol engine is no longer available and prices across both saloon and Sportswagon ranges generally remain stable, with minor amends to the R-DESIGN Sport which increases by up to £200 whilst the R-DESIGN SE Sport decreases by up to £190 OTR.
The S40 range starts at £13,995 OTR for the S40 1.6S and the V50 start price remains unchanged at £15,995 OTR for the 1.6S. Standard equipment on these entry level models includes ECC (Electronic Climate Control) with AQS (Air Quality System) and pollen filter, DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control), power windows, leather steering wheel, 6-speaker radio/CD system and an auxiliary input for MP3 player.
Power mirrors with an autofold function now standard1 across the Volvo model range. Mirrors can be set to fold in automatically when the car is locked, and fold out again when the car is unlocked. Communications Pack have also revised and now includes RTI Navigation System, Keyless Drive and Bluetooth® Handsfree System.2
Bluetooth handsfree system is also available as an individual option for a RRP of £200 on the Volvo C30, S40, V50 and C70. This handsfree system automatically recognises a Bluetooth® compatible mobile phone as it enters the car and seamlessly takes over, allowing the driver to switch freely from the mobile phone to the handsfree system. By simply touching the blue button, the Bluetooth® handsfree system will listen to commands and make calls.
A new Homelink option is available across the Volvo range for a RRP of £501 . With buttons integrated in the sun visor, Homelink allows the occupants to operate remote controlled home appliances, such as a garage door, home alarm and exterior lighting, without leaving the car.
New colour additions with Savile Grey being added to S80, C30, V50 and S40. The new DRIVe range, under 120g/km, launched October 2008 starts at £17,260 for the S40.
Volvo S40 DRIVEe Start/Stop 1.6D 109 hp/240 Nm, 107 g/km, 70.6 mpg combined. When the driver puts the gear lever into neutral and releases the clutch while at a standstill, the engine switches off. The next time the driver presses the clutch, the engine starts up again. This technology has reduced fuel consumption and thus CO2 emissions by 4-5% in mixed driving conditions. Start/Stop technology is particularly effective in urban traffic, when the saving can be as much as 8%.
When the car is at a standstill and the engine is switched off, some electronic systems such as the air conditioning step down to standby level in order to save fuel. However, Volvo's Start/Stop system continuously monitors the comfort level and automatically reactivates the air conditioning if, for instance, the temperature increases in the passenger compartment. The system does not set any limits for comfort-focused features such as the sound system or other facilities that the occupants will want to maintain.
Made possible due to an additional small battery which supports the larger battery by providing extra power. Thanks to this extra battery, Volvo's DRIVe models also feature particularly quick and smooth start-up. The audio system also remains unaffected when the starter motor is activated. This distinguishes Volvo Car's solution from other systems offered by the competition. The standard larger battery has also been upgraded to handle up to 175,000 Start/Stop cycles.
The driver receives feedback about system status via the in-car information display. The Start/Stop function can be engaged and disengaged via a DRIVe button in the centre console and in the default setting, the function is activated.
The second new feature in the C30, S40 and V50 DRIVe 1.6D with Start/Stop is a regenerative charge facility. This charges the battery as soon as the driver releases the accelerator or brakes while a gear is engaged. By harnessing the car's kinetic energy, the alternator does not have to use diesel fuel as a power source to recharge the car’s battery. Fuel savings of between 2 and 3% have been achieved with this function.
DRIVe technologies combines with sports-inspired R-DESIGN bodykit to offer C30, S40 and V50 models with low levels of emissions and the highest levels of visual appeal. The new DRIVe R-DESIGN models are available to order now with prices starting at £17,240 for the C30 while the S40 and V50 start at £19,095 and £20,595 respectively.
2010MY changes announced. The C30 coupe, S40 saloon and V50 Sportswagon DRIVe models now all feature the intelligent new Start/Stop function which brings CO2 emissions down to 104 g/km and improves fuel consumption up to 72.4 mpg. The sports-inspired R-DESIGN specification and body styling has also been introduced to the DRIVe range offering CO2 emissions of 119 g/km and up to 62.8 mpg in all three models1.
The S40 and V50 ranges start at £14,745 and £16,495 OTR for the 1.6 S models with the DRIVe with Start/Stop range commencing at £17,495 for the S40 and
£18,845 for the V50.
New five-cylinder 2-litre turbodiesel from the all-new Volvo S60 made available throughout Volvo Cars' model range and replaces the familiar four-cylinder 136 PS unit in the C30, S40, V50, C70, V70 and S80. All new engines are available to order now.
The new five-cylinder 2.0D diesel is, in principle, the same engine as the well-established 2.4-litre diesel, but its displacement has been reduced with a shorter stroke to optimise fuel consumption. The injection system also has a different type of piezoelectric fuel injector compared with the D5 engine. These injectors minimize fuel consumption with their exceptionally rapid and precise injection pulses under high pressure to promote extremely efficient combustion.
As part of Volvo's new engine nomenclature and to simplify Volvo's engine badging, all new engines, including the new five-cylinder 2.0D, will be badged depending on the power output. For example, the 150 PS version of the new 2.0D in the C30, S40, V50 and C70 is named D3 and an uprated 177 PS version of this same engine is labeled D4.
In its lower state of tune, it produces 150 PS and is badged D3 while an uprated 177 PS version is named D4. Both emit only 134 g/km of CO2 and offer drivers 55.4 mpg in the C30, S40 and V50 and 47.9 mpg and 154 g/km in the C70. The D3 and D4 are available in both manual and automatic transmission across all four models.
The C30, S40 and V50 are also available with a new four cylinder 1.6-litre diesel engine - badged D2. Fuel consumption in all three models is 65.7 mpg, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of only 114 g/km. The engine produces 115 PS and 270 Nm of torque and now comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. The previous 1.6D 109 PS DRIVe engine with Start/Stop will remain in the C30, S40 and V50 ranges along with the 1.6, 2.0 and range-topping T5 petrol engines. The 2.4i and D5 are no longer available in the C30, S40, V50 and C70 models.
The D2, D3 and D4 engines all meet the Euro 5 emission standards. Another facet of Volvo's 2011 Model Year update is a change in the specification hierarchy with the introduction of the ES trim level. The ES replaces the S specification and includes all the features and safety systems you would expect from Volvo.
DRIVe models with CO2 emissions of 99g/km. Continuing development of Volvo’s DRIVe models has resulted in sub-100g/km CO2 versions of the C30 hatchback, S40 saloon and V50 sportswagon, making the V50 the most versatile of any sub-100g/km car on the market today. The changes mean all three are exempt from road tax and return up to 74.3mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle.
In addition, following Volvo Car UK's successful campaign to remove the Alternative Fuel Discount from the London Congestion Charge, all three models are exempt from the Congestion Charge saving the owner of all three cars up to £2500 in charges. DRIVe models are available in ES, SE and SE Lux trim levels.
Volvo S4 shown to be 4th most reliable European car more than 3 years old and out of manufacturer warranty
in data survey of Warranty Direct policy warranty claims. (Excludes KIAs, Hyundais, Toyotas and others with 7, 5 and 4 year warranties.)