2008 Volvo S40  -  $25,110

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $25,110
Base Invoice: $23,648
Destination Charge: $745
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn 2.4L Man FWD
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 20 | Hwy: 28
Body Style: 4dr Sdn 2.4L Man FWD
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
Engine: 2.4L DOHC I5 engine


Stylish interior; comfortable front seats; cargo versatility (V50); impressive acceleration (T5).

Model Highlights

The Volvo S40 sedan and V50 wagon are both offered in two primary models for 2008: the 2.4i and the T5. The 2.4i models get a 2.4L five-cylinder engine making 168 horsepower, matched with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Sporty T5 models get a 227-horsepower, 2.5L turbocharged five-cylinder, offered only with the five-speed auto. Both automatic transmissions have Geartronic manual control. Both models have standard front-wheel drive, but the T5 is available with all-wheel drive as well.

The S40 and V50 have a more stylish interior than is typical for small cars, with a memorable pass-through center console and "floating" center stack. Aluminum inlays plus watch-style gauges help distinguish the V50, and Nordic Light Oak trim is available on the 2.4i.

Several high-tech features that originally made their debut in Volvo's larger, more expensive models are now offered on the S40 and V50 for the first time this year. The blind spot information system (BLIS), which helps inform the driver when a vehicle is present in the adjacent lane, is now available on all models, and the active bi-xenon headlamp system, which helps increase visibility in dark corners by swiveling the beams to the side, is optional on the T5. The DVD-based navigation system is again offered, but this year there's also new 650-watt, 12-speaker Dynaudio Package.

In addition to more power, sportier suspension tuning, and other mechanical changes, as well as fog lamps and appearance extras, the T5 also gets more interior appointments like automatic climate control, upgraded audio, and a power driver's seat.

As they're Volvo models, a strong emphasis on safety is expected. Stability control and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and emergency brake assistance are standard, as is a whiplash protection system, front side air bags, and side curtain bags. If any of the air bags are deployed, the hazard lights are automatically activated.

Model News

The Volvo S40 sedan and its V50 wagon counterpart get an updated appearance, along with a number of equipment revisions, for 2008. Both models get a redesigned front end, including new headlamps and a larger Volvo logo, a color coordinated rear bumper and moldings, and new bright trim in back. Inside there are larger door pockets, a redesigned center console area, and improved air vents, plus the clock has been repositioned to the audio display. Audio systems have been improved with a standard auxiliary input and MP3 capability.

The sporty T5 model gets a bump in performance for 2008; it's now up to 227 horsepower, from 218, but it's no longer offered with a manual transmission.

The lineup of wheels has also been revised to help give the models a new look. Standard on both the base 2.4i S40 and V50 are new 16-inch "Cursa" wheels, while a more flamboyant "Ceryx" design is offered on the performance-oriented T5 and new 17-inch designs are available on the V50. Options and option packages have also been completely revised for both models.

The blind spot information system (BLIS) that has been offered on Volvo's larger models is now available as an option on the S40 and V50, and a new Dynaudio system is optional.

On the V50, Gekko Green is a new color for the palette; Chameleon Blue replaces Brilliant Blue, and Electric Silver has been discontinued.

Value Writeup

The 2008 Volvo S40 and V50 are more stylish, attractive alternatives to more common small-car models, at only a slightly higher price. Especially notable is the distinctive interior, with its "floating" center-stack design, which brings an airier feel to the instrument panel. Seats are also especially good in these cars. The T5's more powerful engine brings impressive acceleration; factor in Volvo's reputation for safety, and they're a well-rounded value.

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
28 MPG

Cruising Range - City
318.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
20 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
445.20 mi

Engine Type
Gas I5


Fuel System

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
168 @ 6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
170 @ 4400

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

EPA Classification

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
92 ft³

Front Head Room
38.9 in

Front Leg Room
41.6 in

Front Shoulder Room
55.2 in

Front Hip Room
53.7 in

Second Head Room
37.2 in

Second Leg Room
34.4 in

Second Shoulder Room
54.1 in

Second Hip Room
50.7 in

103.9 in

Length, Overall
176.2 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
69.7 in

Height, Overall
57.2 in

Track Width, Front
60.4 in

Track Width, Rear
60.3 in

Trunk Volume
12.6 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3220 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
2000 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
200 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
2000 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
200 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
16 x 6.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
16 x 6.5 in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Speed Sensitive

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
34.9 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.8 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.0 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
15.9 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km

2.4L DOHC I5 engine

Continuously variable valve timing (CVVT)

5-speed manual transmission w/OD

Dynamic stability & traction control (DSTC)

Front wheel drive

Independent MacPherson strut front suspension

Multi-link independent rear suspension

Front/rear stabilizer bars

205/55R16 tires

16" x 6.5" "CURSA" alloy wheels

Speed-sensitive electro-hydraulic pwr rack & pinion steering

Pwr ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD), emergency brake assistance (EBA)

Halogen headlamps

Rear fog light w/auto-off

Safe Approach & Home Safe security lighting

Daytime running lights

Tinted windows

Pwr heated mirrors w/integrated turn signals

2-speed/intermittent windshield wipers

Front reclining bucket seats w/adjustable lumbar

Flat-folding front passenger seat

60/40 split-fold rear seat-inc: cargo area pass-through, head restraints

T-Tec seating surfaces

Front/rear plush floor mats

(2) front/(2) rear cup holders

Leather steering wheel w/illuminated cruise/audio controls

Tilt/telescopic steering column

Tire pressure monitoring system

Outside temp gauge

Pwr windows-inc: auto-up/down

Central pwr door locks

Remote keyless entry-inc: global lock/window operation, trunk unlock

Valet lockout

Cruise control

Security alarm system

Ignition immobilizer

Memory feature-inc: locking, audio

Intelligent driver information system (IDIS)

AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3/WMA player-inc: 80-watt amp, (4) speakers, RDS, aux input

Manual climate control

Pollen filter

Rear window defroster w/timer

Ultra-slim center control panel

Illuminated lockable glove box

12V pwr outlet

Front door storage pockets

Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors

Interior lighting-inc: cabin light w/delay, driver/front passenger entry, front/rear reading lamps, trunk

City 20/hwy 28 (2.4L engine/5-speed manual trans)

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD), emergency brake assistance (EBA)

Driver/front passenger dual stage airbags w/front passenger cutoff switch

Side impact protection system (SIPS)-inc: driver/front passenger side-impact airbags, front/rear side inflatable curtains (IC)

3-point seat belts w/pretensioners for all seating positions

Overhead-mounted seat belt reminder lights

Child safety rear door locks

Rear window deactivation

ISO-FIX child seat attachments

Emergency trunk release

Dynamic stability & traction control (DSTC)

Driver/front passenger whiplash protection seating system (WHIPS)

Collapsible steering column

Anti-submarine seats

Daytime running lights








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