Monday, February 21, 2011
Volvo S40 2.4 A
A 2.4-liter inline-five-cylinder that produces 168 horsepower powers the 2.4i. High-performance T5 editions hold a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder that generates 218 hp at 5,000 rpm and 236 pounds-feet of torque. The 2.4i comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, while the T5 comes with a standard five-speed automatic that includes Geartronic operation for manually selected gear changes. All-wheel-drive T5s come with a six-speed manual transmission, but can be had with the Geartronic five-speed automatic. T5 models also gain a sport suspension with the addition of the Dynamic Trim Package.
All-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags are standard. Electronic stability control with traction control is standard for 2007.
Even when equipped with the automatic transmission, the S40 accelerates with some spirit, though the engine growls when pushed. Despite a taut suspension, ride comfort is generally satisfactory, but the sedan can hit some bumps rather hard.
Stable on the road, the S40 maneuvers easily and delivers appealing control. Curves produce only modest body lean, and the sedan corners crisply. Driveline whine is noticeable at times. Despite ample cushioning, drivers tend to sit on top of the seat rather than in it.