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2007 Volvo S40

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$2,596 — $8,048 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
24-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Performance
  • Compact dimensions
  • Confident handling
  • Refinement

The Bad

  • Engine noise during hard acceleration
  • Occasional driveline whine
  • Harsh ride on rough surfaces

What to Know

about the 2007 Volvo S40
  • Choice of two inline-five engines
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available AWD
  • Performance-oriented T5 model
  • Standard electronic stability control

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Vehicle Overview
When it went on sale in spring 2004 as a 2004.5 model, the latest version of the S40 compact sedan was a little shorter, wider and taller than its predecessor — and aimed more clearly at a younger audience.

Changes are minimal for 2007; electronic stability control is newly standard, and the button to engage the system has moved to the steering wheel stalk.

Safety and crashworthiness are principal themes for the S40, which includes a stiff body and side-impact and side curtain airbags. The T5 model can be fitted with all-wheel drive.

Steering-wheel audio controls are standard in the 2.4i model, and all S40s have a simplified package and option structure. T5 models with the six-speed manual transmission have a "pushdown" function to engage Reverse gear.


Exterior
For 2007, there's a new body-styling package that adds side skirts as well as rear, front and trunk spoilers to 2.4i models. The Dynamic Trim Package adds skirts and spoilers as well as 17-inch wheels to T5 models. The S40's Flint Gray exterior color option has been replaced with Titanium Grey.

An upright grille with a diagonal cross-member, a V-shaped hood and large wraparound taillights are installed. Turn signals are integrated into the door mirrors, and the S40's shoulders — which run along the bodyside cladding — enhance its kinship to other Volvo models.

Alloy wheels hold standard 16-inch tires, but 17-inchers are available. Built on a 103.9-inch wheelbase, the S40 is ...
Vehicle Overview
When it went on sale in spring 2004 as a 2004.5 model, the latest version of the S40 compact sedan was a little shorter, wider and taller than its predecessor — and aimed more clearly at a younger audience.

Changes are minimal for 2007; electronic stability control is newly standard, and the button to engage the system has moved to the steering wheel stalk.

Safety and crashworthiness are principal themes for the S40, which includes a stiff body and side-impact and side curtain airbags. The T5 model can be fitted with all-wheel drive.

Steering-wheel audio controls are standard in the 2.4i model, and all S40s have a simplified package and option structure. T5 models with the six-speed manual transmission have a "pushdown" function to engage Reverse gear.


Exterior
For 2007, there's a new body-styling package that adds side skirts as well as rear, front and trunk spoilers to 2.4i models. The Dynamic Trim Package adds skirts and spoilers as well as 17-inch wheels to T5 models. The S40's Flint Gray exterior color option has been replaced with Titanium Grey.

An upright grille with a diagonal cross-member, a V-shaped hood and large wraparound taillights are installed. Turn signals are integrated into the door mirrors, and the S40's shoulders — which run along the bodyside cladding — enhance its kinship to other Volvo models.

Alloy wheels hold standard 16-inch tires, but 17-inchers are available. Built on a 103.9-inch wheelbase, the S40 is 175.9 inches long overall.


Interior
The S40's stereo gains an optional auxiliary input for MP3 players and other devices for 2007, and the overhead console has been redesigned. T5 models gain the option of keyless drive and a sport steering wheel and gearshift knob. Sirius Satellite Radio is a new standalone option for all S40s.

Standard upholstery in the five-occupant interior is said to be inspired by sportswear. The rear seatbacks fold down separately, and the front passenger seat has a folding backrest. Two round gauges on the instrument cluster are surrounded by metal bezels. Leather upholstery is available.

Standard 2.4i equipment includes air conditioning, power windows, a CD audio system, remote-control central locking, a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel and an audio theft-deterrent system. The T5 sedan adds a power driver's seat, electronic climate control, a trip computer and aluminum interior trim. An optional Premium Package for the T5 includes leather seating surfaces, a power sunroof and a power passenger seat. Trunk space totals 12.6 cubic feet.


Under the Hood
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.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags are standard. Electronic stability control with traction control is standard for 2007.

Driving Impressions
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.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
19 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

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(1.0)

Worst car ever owned

by None from Reykjavik on June 23, 2018

xxxx car. 2.0 disel. I the first moth the dor sensors broke, indicating all dors open all the time. In the fift month the pump for the stearing blew. The plate that closes the intake at shot down got ... Read full review

(5.0)

The best vehicle I’ve ever owned

by Tarsas from Kansas City, MO on December 4, 2017

I love my S40. I bought it with a manual transmission and all wheel drive and I don’t regret it at all. The engine is responsive and quick, the car has loads of torque across the entire rev range, and ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2007 Volvo S40 currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2007 Volvo S40 has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S40 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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