Volvo S40 2.4i Review
The Executive Sedan

Story & Pictures by Jarvis Seo
22 Dec 2008

The new face lifted Volvo S40 landed on our shores some four months back with little fanfare. So quiet in fact, that we at had very nearly forgotten about its existence – Until it was time to conduct our Car of the Year when we finally noticed that we had missed out the baby Volvo. But here it is.


When the current generation of the Volvo S40 was introduced in 2003, the car was slated to target younger car buyers who prefer cars that are sporty and premium. Back then, the S40 was the first of the Volvo models to sport a new design that moves away from the boxy design that had defined Volvo. In fact, the new S40 was considered too curvaceous and modern for a Volvo loyalist. However, this was a necessary evil if Volvo was to ever attract the younger generation of customers who grew up thinking that iPods and Playstation Portables are life’s vital necessities.  

Five years down, this vision still hold true as Volvo launched their face lifted S40, with a more refreshed look that aligns to the current S80. In the words of Volvo Cars President and CEO Fredrik Arp, “We are taking this approach one step further by increasing the ‘grown up’ quality perception. We are accentuating the differences between the two models – the new S40 moves closer to the Volvo S80”.

But with this new facelift, does the S40 have the charm to attract this group of young executives with the promise of a sporty drive and premium quality?

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Engine Capacity 2435cc
Engine Type Inline 5
Bore x Stroke (83.0 x 90.0)mm
Power 170bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 230Nm @ 4400rpm
Power to Weight 115.4 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 215 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type FF


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4476 x 1770 x 1454) mm
Wheelbase 2640 mm
Turning Circle 5.55 metres
Kerb Weight 1473 kg
Boot Capacity 404 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 62 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs