2007 Volvo S40


$3,882 - $5,536

2007 Volvo S40 Interior Review

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


Interior: 7.8

Although it lacks interior storage space, the five-seat 2007 Volvo S40 appeals to reviewers for its look, feel and comfort. Road and Track considers the interior layout "exceedingly clean and refreshingly devoid of clutter." Meanwhile, Forbes' review makes note of the S40's ability to comfortably transport its passengers, regardless of its class. "For its size, the compact Volvo S40 is accommodating and comfortable."


The front seats were comfortable to Kelley Blue Book, save for one thing. "Compact outside, the S40 is quite roomy in the front-seat area, though it lacks headroom," its writers complain. MSN disagrees, estimating that the S40 has enough room for about four six-footers to be comfortable, and especially upfront in the supportive seats.

Moving to the rear, Edmunds finds the seating "quite spacious. Legroom is adequate, and the seats themselves feel a little softer than those in the front." Once again, MSN's writer disagrees and complains of discomfort: "Rear leg room is tight for a tall occupant behind a driver who moves his seat back halfway," is its reviewer's assessment.

There is also some difference of opinion concerning the 2007 Volvo S40's special headrests, angled forward slightly to protect passengers from whiplash. Motor Trend thinks the headrests "allow adjustment to support the head even while driving," and that they "remain among the best in the business," but its writers are in the minority. Both the Kansas City Star and Automobile Magazine specifically highlight this feature as a sacrifice for safety over comfort, with the latter explaining that "if you enjoy being the reclined front-seat passenger, you'll not like Volvo's whiplash-prevention seats. The headrests are canted forward at an angle that becomes more annoying the more you recline. Volvo wants you to sit up straight. And eat your peas."

Interior Features

The auto writers make much ado about the 2007 Volvo S40's easy-to-use instrument panel. Car and Driver says that "once mastered, the controls become a second thought to the appreciation garnered from the top-level fit and finish and high-quality materials," which Motor Trend boosts with, "modern minimalistic sums it up best with its ultra-slim "waterfall" center console and limited use of knob and button controls that keep the interior a pleasure to occupy and view."

Reviewers also appreciate that the 2007 Volvo S40 provides four options for seat fabric. Many of them chose to test-drive with the cloth T-Tec material, which Edmunds says is "especially nice as it helps keep you planted in the seat during more spirited driving while also allowing for better 'breathing' than leather." BusinessWeek also likes the T-Tec, but cautions that "it seemed to be a magnet for stray lint and hair."

Stereo and Entertainment

Although upgrades like satellite radio capability and MP3 jacks for the 2007 Volvo S40's performance audio system are optional, Motor Trend's year-long test drive discovered a more basic problem with the sound system - poor FM reception during urban driving. "Compared with other cars driven over the same route, stereo reception fades in an out." However, midway through the year, the Motor Trend reviewers took the S40 in "and the dealer performed vehicle-management software upgrades to remedy reception concerns on the FM frequency."


While some reviews call the 2007 Volvo S40's 12.6 cubic feet of trunk space adequate, none of them goes as far as to categorize it as plentiful. Many reserve praise for the S40's 60/40 rear seat, which The Auto Channel explains "is not unusual, but the flip-up cushions are, and, with a reasonably-large trunk opening, add versatility."

Finding S40 storage space is a mixed bag for the reviewers. The San Diego Union-Tribune is bold for writing "there are numerous useful storage areas," but New Car Test Drive is not pleased. "The center console has a tiny bin. The door pockets are thin with most of the space taken up by speakers," it lists. "Mesh pockets are located on the leading edge of the seat bottom, in front of the driver and passenger seats, but most people won't notice or use them, though they will hold a cell phone." Motor Trend's reviewer worries he would forget the things he placed in the S40's small storage areas, and then later describes the cupholders as "too shallow."

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