2008 Volvo S40 User Reviews

2008 Volvo S40 Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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"power" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"comfortable car" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 2 reviews

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2008 Volvo S40 2.4i Review
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5

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Sporty and pretty awesome handling... There is a decent amount of trunk room for the size. The car is very comfortable, smooth, and reliable. Also, the fuel economy is pretty good for the power, and if you set it on cruise control while on the freeway you can get up to 33+ mpg.

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Lacks space in the rear seat.

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An Excellent Car For Anyone -- From College Student To Successful Business Exec To Soccer Mom — I would recommend the Volvo brand as an alternative to the typical German lineup (Audi, BMW, and Mercedes). You definitely get more bang for your buck. The interior can be upgraded to compete with the finest German interior, and even the base rivals most of them. Being over 6 feet tall, I wish the back seats had more legroom... Other than that, no complaints. It is fun to drive, the handling is nimble and responsive, and the power is great for a naturally aspirated five cylinder.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Aleksey writes:
2008 Volvo S40 2.4i Review
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It isn't made to be exquisite, and it isn't. It's just a good car.

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There really isn't anything bad about it.

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It's Cheap, But Still A Volvo. — I drove this car over a weekend on a road trip as a rental. And obviously, it was pretty much the lowest spec possible. The tiny engine didn't give the car much oomph - understandable when you consider it weighs just shy of two tons. But it was enough to propel it along the road. The transmission was brilliant, though, and made good use of every one of the few horsepowers the engine gave it. And it managed an average of 34 mpg, with the vast majority of the thousand or so miles driven being on the highway, but that's pretty impressive, 'cos that higher than what a prius would've done on this kind of road. It felt fairly light and maneuverable, and most importantly in a volvo, planted. I imagine it's not easy to crash this thing, and what's even more surprising for a volvo, it handles well. That was a pleasant surprise on those twisty roads. The build quality wasn't quite as exquisite as that on my lexus, nor on the other volvo we own. But it seemed sturdy, nothing rattled, and, consistent with volvo's philosophy, form followed function.The most important kit - the airbags and safety features weren't options, but instead, all standard and were still present in this one. And that's a good thing to know on such a long road trip, and that it's still a volvo underneath it all. The back seats aren't terribly roomy, but that's okay - it isn't a very big car on the outside either. My only true bone to pick with this car was the fact that they fitted a pipette for the petrol tank - it only has a range of around 250 highway miles on one tank (or it did for me), and it must be tiny - just 10 gal or so.

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Johan writes:
2008 Volvo S40 T5 Review
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The Looks!

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Nothing

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The Best Car So Far! — A small Volvo saloon with a powerful 5 cylinder petrol engine that delivers 230hp and 320Nm/tourque

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Daniel writes:
2008 Volvo S40 T5 AWD Review
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Acceleration, driving experience, power, interior, stereo, looks, value.

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No manual trans, needs to be lower.

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2008 S40 T5 Awd Delivers — This is my third Volvo and i continue to be impressed.this is my first Volvo since the ford days began. The car looks great though it could stand to be about half an inch lower. The suspension is stiffer than in the 2.4i however Volvo dropped the ball on only offering the manual transmission in the 2.4i trim. The ride quality is not compromised with the stiffer suspension, the ability to feel the surface you are driving on is a requirement . The drive-ability is great with a little bit of body roll that should be expected. Overall the suspension is firm and adds to the sporty feel of the vehicle. The S40 is quick, the turbo charged engine delivers on par with those of the Audis and BMWs i have driven. Volvo has finally put out a vehicle on par performance wise with the two major German manufacturers. the S40 is also a very fuel efficient machine and that helps in these times of $4 + gasoline. The guys at Volvo have done a wonderful thing adding 15 BHP to the line from last year while keeping the overall fuel economy. The interior is amazing the design is simple modern and not hard on the eyes. Couple that with what are in my opinion the most comfortable seats you can get in a car and you have a fantastic interior. Volvo has also once again delivered on the exterior looks. The sleek Scandinavian design looks great in addition to being an integral part of the vehicle's fuel economy. this car is an underrated performer in its class and eclipses its competition in value for the money. The car has been a treat to drive and makes the daily commute more of a joy than a chore. Add in Volvo reliability and safety and you have one gem of a European sports sedan. I look forward to the addition of the six speed manual gearbox to the turbo model in 2009.

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Jonathan writes:
2008 Volvo S40 2.4i Review
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Overall a very good car

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Expensive for what it is and what it competes against

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A Very Good Car...only Slightly Ruined By Its Price — The Volvo S40 does not seem to be a significant car when you take into account that its based on a European Ford Focus but is quite a lot more expensive. Yet after driving one, its really the feature it includes which might explain why its rather expensive. I like the way new Volvos have looked, they're no longer the square bricks I remember from the 80s where some looked ghastly. The interior is actually quite nice in an S40, there's quite a few buttons but not enough to overwhelm you. The most notable feature is BLIT which is basically a blind spot detector, nifty...but hopefully you don't fully rely on it. Still the nice touches are why some might buy one. To drive its pretty similar to driving a heavy Mazda3 since both are based off the same European Ford Focus platform(the American one is outdated in comparison). This means the handling is quite sharp and the drive is quite engaging. The 4-cylinder in the 2.4 is really the only problem here, the car has luxury features but doesn't make up for it in grunt so its not that quick. I do like this car but its priced close to that of a Lexus IS250 which is RWD and if I wanted a car like this I'd just get a Mazda 3 since I don't need the luxury features.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Steve writes:
2008 Volvo S40 2.4i Review
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Build qulity, design, comfort

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Small fuel tank, Boot could be better

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Well Designed, Pacey And Solid — Great design features, well laid out instruments and controls. Solid build and still quite a rare car. Performance is more than adequate, fuel economy could be better, ride quality and comfort up there with the best. Engine is refined and responsive.

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Rick writes:
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Great handling, good fuel economy.

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Leg room for rear passengers.

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Great Overall Value For European Brand! — I love the handling of the car and the beauty of its design. Would definitely go with the Turbo (2.5T) next time around. The seats are comfortable, but not much leg room in the back seats. Sound quality from stereo is great. But most of all, I really like the floating dashboard!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Colin writes:
2008 Volvo S40 2.4i Review
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fun to drive

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cant get the power down needs 4wd or a.w.d

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Volvo S40 D5 2.4 Se Sports R-design — acceleration is good brakeing is good as is handeling and build quality hasnt needed any repairs done apperarance is nice inside and out m.p.g is not to good at 23 m.pg.combined .but is a fun car to drive biggest problem is putting the 180 b.h.p down whether it be wet or dry it justs wheel spins to much torque it needs more b.h.p but make it a.w.d it would be a fantstic car.

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Andy writes:
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Looks great, comfortable ride, a good m'way cruiser

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Slow as hell in 1.6 form

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Here Is The Hjorn Here Is The Pjorn — Performance: The 1.6litre Ford Fiesta engine roars like a kitten and hurtles the car 0-60 in 11 seconds+ Build Quality: Extremely well put together. Good solid construction. Crash into a Volvo and die :p Appearance: The R-design is drop dead gorgeous. Two tone seats and bodykit. Very sexy for a Volvo. Cost of ownership: Half the price of a 3 series BM-Scum-wagen. 3 years free servicing a bonus! Fun factor: Its ok, Its comfortable but not exciting. The pirelli tyres and front strut brace make the front a bit too tight and the back a little loose given the weight of the car. I've had it sideways where it caught me out (Keep the car balanced) but with a dab of oppo I was away.

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Carlo writes:
2008 Volvo S40 T5 Review
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Casual and sporty

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Expensive maintenance, resale value ......

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Good To Have If You Appreciate It — Cool to drive in tiptronic mode always. Not bad torque, handles well, good acceleration, watch for the brakes. Nice attraction on the roads, easy to park, nice features on the dashboard. Beware the extreme heat like in the GCC; windows mechanism get stuck

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1999 Volvo S40 Reviews

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2000 Volvo S40 Reviews

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2001 Volvo S40 Reviews

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