Enhancements for 2006 include a new, simplified package and option structure, re-designed alloy wheels, and improved cup holders. T5 models receive a "pushdown" function to engage reverse gear for the 6-speed manual transmission. Additionally, steering wheel audio controls are now standard on the 2.4i; T5 models gets a new 17-inch wheel design with the Dynamic Trim Package and the IAQS air quality system is now a stand-alone option; and Electric Silver is the new premium exterior color and Brilliant Blue replaces Mistral Green and Safari Green.
Volvo's S40 sedan is offered in three versions: the value-leading S40 2.4i; the performance-oriented S40 T5; and the all-weather S40 T5 AWD. A normally aspirated, five-cylinder engine that produces 168 hp motivates the S40 2.4i. It can be mated to a 5-speed manual or 5-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. Increasing the fun factor in the T5 is a 218-hp, light-pressure turbocharged I-5 engine that can be equipped with a 6-speed, close-ratio manual gearbox and electronically controlled all-wheel drive. Standard features include a pollen cabin filter, power/heated outside mirrors, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, and personal settings for locking, audio and climate controls.
Option packages include the 2.4i Select Package (featuring a power moonroof, a power driver's seat, a premium sound system, a 6-disc CD player, wood-effect inlays, and a trip computer), a 2.4i and T5 Sport Package (consisting of 17-inch alloy wheels, a dynamic sport suspension, front spoiler-mounted fog lights, aluminum inlays, and leather gearshift knob on the 2.4i). There's also a Climate Package that includes heated front seats, headlamp washers, and rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a Premium Package (for T5 and T5 AWD), which nets leather seating surfaces, a power moonroof, driver's seat memory function, and a power passenger seat. The Dynamic Trim Package (for T5 & T5 AWD) adds a front chin spoiler, a rear lower-valance spoiler, a trunk-mounted spoiler, side skirts, lower door-edge moldings, and 17-inch alloy wheels (there's also a Dynamic Sport Suspension for the T5). Louder tunes can be provided in the T5, with an Audio Package that includes a premium sound system with a 6-disc, in-dash CD changer, and the Convenience Package adds a HomeLink transmitter, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, and a grocery bag holder.
Stand-alone options include metallic paint, Electric Silver premium paint, leather seating surfaces (2.4i), dual integrated rear child seats, Dynamic Stability Traction Control, a DVD-based navigation system (T5 and T5 AWD), Volvo's IAQS air quality system (T5 and T5 AWD), and Bi-Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps (T5 and T5 AWD). Safety features include dual-stage front air bags, dual side and side-curtain air bags, anti-submarine seats, daytime running lamps, traction control, and whiplash protection.
The Volvo S40 competes in the Compact Premium Conventional segment, which boasts no less than 15 entries vying for first-time luxury buyer's dollars.
The segment was led in 2005 by perennial sales leader BMW 3 Series, which sold 106,950 units, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales ReportSM-comfortably ahead of the Acura TL (78,218 units sold in 2005) and Infiniti G35 (68,728). The Volvo S40 and V50 combined to sell 29,912 units in 2005, ranking eighth in the segment. Other top-selling competitors include the Cadillac CTS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, and Acura TSX.
|2.4i||5 speed manual||$24,040||168-hp / 2.4L 5-cyl||22/29|
|T5||6 speed manual||$26,940||218-hp / 2.5L 5-cyl||22/32|