The latest Volvo sports cars start with the Volvo S40 sport car either as 2.4 or 2.5 turbo. These good looking, medium sports saloons offer performance with economy and an interior design second to none in the class. Launched in 2004, these Volvo sports cars are wider than the models they replace with gains in both ride and handling as a result. Although the design remains faithful to Volvo's corporate image, a smoother line makes these saloons the kind of eye candy to demand attention.
The S40 is offered with four petrol engines are: a 1.6 litre 100 bhp petrol costing from £15,503, a 1.8-litre 125bhp petrol costing from £16,503, a 2.4-litre 170bhp petrol priced from £19,018 and the 220bhp T5 sport model costing from £23,568. While for those with a preference for diesels a 1.6 litre 110 bhp diesel is priced from £16,768, and a 2.0-litre 136bhp diesel starts at £17,868.
Those interested in performance have the option of a Volvo S40 sport car equipped with either a petrol 2.4 or 2.5 Turbo. The 2.4 is capable of reaching a top speed of over 135 mph and has a 0-60 time of around 8 seconds, while the 2.5 Turbo tops out at around 150 mph after soaring from 0-60 in under 7 seconds.
Ride and handling
The ride and handling of these Volvo sports cars is excellent with the accent being on sportiness, but not at the expense of comfort. Body roll is well controlled while grip is strong and supported by accurate steering. Stability and traction control is standard on both models as are 16-inch alloy wheels. These Volvo sport cars reward the keen driver with a strong sense of security and control.
Comfort and controls
Excellent seating, with enough adjustment to suit just about every size, make these Volvo sports cars the perfect companion to cover long distances. The increase in width compared to the previous model means more shoulder and legroom is available. The 2.4i Sport and 2.5 T5 Sport also come with climate control, a CD player, electric windows, heated door mirrors, an alarm, remote central locking, front, side and curtain airbags and active seats to minimise whiplash injuries.
Safety and security
The Volvo S40 sport car was awarded a four star rating from its crash testing with NCAP, which should be sufficient to dull any concerns related to the ability of these cars to survive a crash. Volvo has taken damage resistance seriously by more than doubling the bodywork's rigidity compared with the previous model. While the driver and passenger will be comforted by the presence of airbags included as side protection too. Security is handled by an alarm and immobiliser.
Reliability and Values
Volvo has a good reputation for producing strong, reliable cars, and the engines in both these examples are proven with no indication of major faults. Strong residual values should follow these Volvo sports cars which are proving popular. Expect after three years, 36,000 miles and provided you have with a Full Service History (FSH), that your Volvo S40 sport car to be worth between 45 and 50% of its original value.