2008 Volvo S40

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

176.2” x 57.9”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Rich feel
  • Nimble
  • Relative interior space
  • Safety features galore
  • Blind-spot detection option
  • Large trunk opening

The bad:

  • T5 manual transmission discontinued
  • Below-average reliability
  • Side-impact crash test could be better
  • Premium gas preferred
  • Backseat a bit tight

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Lightly restyled
  • T5 engine gains power
  • Cabin storage increased
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • New safety features
  • Wagon version (V50) offered

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.7
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Most recent consumer reviews


Amazing piece of Swedish engineering

built like a mini military tank with style and performance I have an 18 year old car (2005 model S40 with manual trans) and its just amazing Those years this was imported from Sweden as a competition to the BMS 328 series....but they couldn't beat the bimmer and in due course of time they stopped importing. I would call it an European Toyota


Volve S40i Sports Sedan

This car is enjoyable to own and drive. It is very powerful, don't really that much on-road power difference between it and the T5 version which I also have one of. I f anything the naturally aspirated S40i seems to go better at high rpms and just about as well at lower ones. The drawback to these cars is their engine crankcase fume system which will have an eventual issue that requires it's complete replacement at about a thousand dollars. This occurs at about 100,000 miles. Also the alternator (a Ford/Mazda product) will probably also need replacing at these miles, as will the starter motor/solonoid. This has been my personal experience. Another issue are the 'green' rubber suspension bushes which like Mercedes ones also, will require renewal at about 100,000 miles. This is also not inexpensive to do to fit new front and rear suspension arms and control rods. So, in summary, a LOVELY car, BUT, an expensive one to keep on the road after a few years..!


Reliable but expensive to repair

This is a good car but once the car starts breaking down it’s like a domino effect. However, it is a Swedish car so the repairs should be expected to be expensive. It is one of those cars that you truly have to stay on top of.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volvo
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
5 years/unlimited miles , upgradeable up to 10 years
Dealer certification required
170- plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
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