Volvo S40 / V40

S40 is a joint venture with Mitsubishi Carisma to produce cars in Holland. It shares the similar floor pan with the Mitsubishi but different safety structure, suspension setting, external parts, cabin and engines make S40 to be a more mature car.  

If you expect a distinctive car from Volvo, S40 will both please you and disappoint you. Having driven Volvo S70 (or previously called 850), you may think the new generation of Volvo is much more dynamical. Then S40 must disappoint you. Lifeless steering, hard ride, peaky and noisy engine ( share with Renault Laguna RTi ) make it not only inferior to those quality rivals like Audi A4, Mercedes C180 and BMW 318i but it could also be shamed by the cheaper grass-root rivals like Ford Mondeo and Peugeot 406. In terms of build quality, S40 once again let you down. Like its predecessor, 440/460/480 series, the Dutch-built Volvos always fail to catch up with Swedish quality. In fact, the project director was sacked because of this problem !  

Nevertheless, S40 offers the high level of safety that you may expect from Volvo. A recent crash test found it out-crash all other competitors in its class and being the only car rated as the highest safety category. So, finally, we have a strong reason to choose S40 instead of other cars, since life is greater than anything else ! 

The above report was last updated in 1998. All Rights Reserved.

S40 T4

This is the high performance version of S40. It is installed with a 200hp turbo inline-4 which is virtually 4/5 of the S70 T5 engine. Obvious turbo lag below 2000rpm, uninspiring steering and bad styling make it one of the least attractive sport sedans. 
The above report was last updated in 1998. All Rights Reserved.


S40 T4
Front-engined, Fwd
Front-engined, Fwd.
L / W / H / WB: 4480 / 1720 / 1410 / 2550 mm
Inline-4, dohc, 4v/cyl.
Inline-4, dohc, 4v/cyl, turbo.
1948 c.c.
1855 c.c.
140 hp
200 hp
134 lbft
221 lbft
F: strut / R: trailing arm
195 / 55 R15
205 / 55 R15
1250 kg
1385 kg
Top speed
121 mph*
141 mph*
0-60 mph
9.6 sec*
6.7 sec*
0-100 mph
16.6 sec*
* Tested by Autocar

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