2007 Volvo S40

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2007 Volvo S40 Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Volvo S40 was new.

The S40 is a lower-cost entry into the upscale car market. It delivers a refined design and quality safety features for a small sedan, but does not have the precise handling or varied storage options of other cars in its class. If you're in the market for an upscale small car, you should also consider the Audi A3 and the Acura TSX.

Pros & Cons

  • Low price for an upscale brand
  • Excellent precautions and features for safety
  • Classy exterior and interior design
  • Stable all-wheel drive option
  • Sluggish acceleration in the base 2.4i (opt for the turbocharged S40 T5 if you want performance driving)
  • Limited storage space

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Volvo S40 has a score of 8.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 54 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.8
Safety: 9.6
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2007 Volvo S40 Overview

For the most part, critics think the 2007 Volvo S40 hits the right notes, or at least the important ones. In terms of its performance and reliability, the majority of reviewers assume drivers will be pleased with their purchase, especially when these factors are weighed against the S40's sleek body lines and Volvo's reputation for safe and sound vehicles. With the S40, Motor Trend decides that "Volvo is demonstrating that it can do 'enthusiasm' just as well as it does 'safety,'" while Forbes describes the sedan as "peppy, nimble and refined." Additionally, a great number of reviews call this S40, which experienced a re-design in 2004, a far superior car to its predecessor. This is best summed up by the Washington Post reviewer, who considers it "truly hip."

Auto writers consider the 2007 Volvo S40's moderate pricing (for an upscale brand) to be one of its key attributes. Edmunds remarks that "the redesigned S40 is a roomier car with more standard features and more power, and it all comes in a great-looking package that will cost you less money. When will this gravy train end?" Kelley Blue Book's writers agree: "The S40 is a fantastic way to enjoy the perks of owning a premium brand automobile without having to pay a premium price." IntelliChoice gives the S40's base trim, the 2.4i, a rating of "average" for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership compared to others in its class.

The Volvo S40 comes in two major trims: the base 2.4i and the turbocharged T5, both with five-cylinder engines.


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