The 2011 Volvo S40 has taken a visual step closer to the Volvo S80 – giving a large-car properties in a compact format and with clearly sporty overtones.
The Volvo S40 has a compact body with rounded lines and a clean-cut tail section. The car’s appearance exudes modern design and speed. The short bonnet and pronounced cab-forward stance help create a spacious cabin with generous interior space. The broad shoulders and convex side panels radiate power and emphasise the Volvo S40’s compact dimensions.
The low, horizontal impression is reinforced when the Volvo S40 is seen from the side. At the rear, it is the shape of the tail lamps and the bumper that further boost the dynamic appearance.
Despite its compact exterior dimensions, the Volvo S40 offers a spacious and flexible interior. The interior is inspired by Scandinavian product design with the emphasis on uncluttered surfaces, honest materials and functionality. The Volvo S40 was the first model featuring Volvo’s ultra-slim, free-floating centre console with an illuminated storage compartment at the rear.
The engines in the Volvo S40 are transversely installed in-line units. Together with large displacement, the five-cylinder configuration provides high torque across a broad rev band and thus also swift acceleration and excellent driveability within a wide speed range. Four-cylinder engines are also available.
T5 with 230 hp
The Volvo S40 T5 is the top model, featuring a turbocharger and five-speed automatic transmission. It produces 230 hp and 320 Nm of torque.
There are also other petrol engine versions available, as well as a 2.0-litre bio-ethanol Flexifuel variant on certain markets from late 2010.
New 2-litre diesel
The new five-cylinder 2-litre turbodiesel introduced in the all-new Volvo S60 is now available throughout Volvo Cars’ model range. The new five-cylinder D3 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.
In the Volvo S40 the new 2-litre turbodiesel is available in two variants:
• D4 with 177 hp and 400 Nm of torque.
• D3 with 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque.
Both the new D3 and D4 meet the Euro 5 emission standards.
All the variants of the new two-litre turbodiesel can be specified with a six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox.
D2 with 114 g CO2 emissions
The Volvo S40 is in addition available with the 1.6-litre D2 diesel engine, which also complies with the Euro 5 standards. Fuel consumption is 4.3l/100 km (EU Combined), which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 114 g/km. The engine produces 115 hp and 270 Nm of torque and now comes with a six-speed manual gearbox.