It was in the year 1995 when the Volvo launched it's the Volvo S40, and it was just recently when the all-new compact luxury sedan Volvo S40 replaced the former S40. It was considered to be a BMW, Mercedes, and Audi's nightmare as this elegant, luxurious, and great looking premium small S40 sedan knocked tens of thousands off the formers' prices because of the latter's aggressive pricing strategy.
This absolutely superb S40 sedan is basically an all-new product by the Volvo because starting from having good wheels up to having an excellent chassis that gives a sports car-like handling, to having an outstanding exterior body look that separates it from other competitors in addition to the aluminum trim on the door pulls and openers, and to having a fresh and cutting edge interior design which brings Swedish elegance to the front, that sums it all to a very stylish S40 package.
The Volvo S40 is presently available in two different models to which are the S40 2.4i and the S40 T5. The first model is equipped with a 125kW, 230 Nm 2.4-liter cylinder engine that is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed Geartronic automatic / sequential manual gearbox, while the second model is equipped with 162 kW, 320 Nm low pressure turbo, 5-cylinder that is mated to either a 6-speed manual or the 5-speed Geartronic automatic / sequential manual. To further describe the power the Volvo S40 can generate, the 2.4i manual accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just about 8.2 seconds while the automatic does it in 8.9 seconds with both having a top speed of 240 km/h. On the other hand, the low pressure turbo charged T5 runs off the 0-100 km/h increment in a stunning 6.8 seconds in the manual, 7.2 in the automatic, and goes on to a maximum speed of 240 km/h.
The most notable new feature of the new S40 model is the afore-mentioned centre stack that links the tunnel console with the instrument panel. This feature is a new solution in the auto world, especially developed for the new S40 and previewed recently in the Volvo Versatility Concept Car. The centre stack's controls have an ergonomic and functional design which is divided into two halves. The top half of the control panel is used to operate the audio system and the integrated phone while the lower half is for climate system controls. This centre stack also features a storage compartment. Another distinctive and unique feature of the S40 is the Intelligent Driver Information System or IDIS that helps the driver retain his driving focus in any circumstance as it delays signals and certain peripheral information until there is already a clear situation.
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