2010 Volvo S40

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Volvo S40. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    23-25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    168-hp, 2.4-liter I-5 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Rich feel
  • Nimble
  • Relative interior space
  • Safety features galore
  • Blind spot warning system optional
  • Large trunk opening

The Bad

  • Side-impact crash test could be better
  • Premium gas preferred
  • Backseat a bit tight

Notable Features of the 2010 Volvo S40

  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Wagon version (V50) offered
  • More standard features

2010 Volvo S40 Overview

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Vehicle Overview
Volvo's smallest sedan, the compact S40, comes in 2.4i and T5 R-Design trim levels, the latter offered in all- and front-wheel drive. The S40 and its V50 wagon sister were substantially freshened for 2008. The T5 R-Design gets more power by turbocharging the same inline-five found in the 2.4i. Competitors include the Saab 9-3 and Audi A4.

New for 2010
Volvo not only brought back the five-speed manual transmission, but the automaker also made it standard on the 2.4i trim. A six-speed manual transmission also comes standard on the all-wheel-drive version of the T5 R-Design.

Exterior
For 2008, the nose and tail were modified, but the overall shape wasn't changed much.
  • Standard integrated turn signals
  • Standard fog lights
  • Standard power, heated mirrors
  • Standard 17-inch wheels
  • Optional power glass moonroof
  • Optional 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights with articulating headlamps


Interior
The standard upholstery in the five-occupant interior has a slightly coarse, woven feel that's said to be inspired by sportswear. Leather upholstery is available. T5 R-Design trims come with unique leather seating surfaces, aluminum sport pedals, a sport shift knob, and a sport steering wheel. Aluminum trim is standard on both the 2.4i and the T5 R-Design; Nordic Light Oak trim is optional.

The rear seatbacks fold down separately, and the front passenger seat's backrest also folds flat. Passenger volume comes in at 92.5 cubic feet. Cargo volume is ...
Vehicle Overview
Volvo's smallest sedan, the compact S40, comes in 2.4i and T5 R-Design trim levels, the latter offered in all- and front-wheel drive. The S40 and its V50 wagon sister were substantially freshened for 2008. The T5 R-Design gets more power by turbocharging the same inline-five found in the 2.4i. Competitors include the Saab 9-3 and Audi A4.

New for 2010
Volvo not only brought back the five-speed manual transmission, but the automaker also made it standard on the 2.4i trim. A six-speed manual transmission also comes standard on the all-wheel-drive version of the T5 R-Design.

Exterior
For 2008, the nose and tail were modified, but the overall shape wasn't changed much.
  • Standard integrated turn signals
  • Standard fog lights
  • Standard power, heated mirrors
  • Standard 17-inch wheels
  • Optional power glass moonroof
  • Optional 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights with articulating headlamps


Interior
The standard upholstery in the five-occupant interior has a slightly coarse, woven feel that's said to be inspired by sportswear. Leather upholstery is available. T5 R-Design trims come with unique leather seating surfaces, aluminum sport pedals, a sport shift knob, and a sport steering wheel. Aluminum trim is standard on both the 2.4i and the T5 R-Design; Nordic Light Oak trim is optional.

The rear seatbacks fold down separately, and the front passenger seat's backrest also folds flat. Passenger volume comes in at 92.5 cubic feet. Cargo volume is a relatively small 12.6 cubic feet.
  • Standard locks and windows with express down/up
  • Standard leather-wrapped gearshift knob, parking brake and steering wheel
  • Standard eight-speaker sound system with six-disc in-dash CD player
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional navigation system


Under the Hood
The S40 comes standard with an inline five-cylinder engine, while the T5 R-Design gets a turbocharged unit. Each trim has its own transmission: the 2.4i sports a five-speed manual with an available automatic, the T5 R-Design makes the five-speed automatic standard with no manual option, and the T5 AWD R-Design model comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and an optional five-speed automatic.
  • 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter five-cylinder with 170 pounds-feet of torque
  • 227-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder with 236 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed automatic, five-speed manual or six-speed manual transmissions, depending on trim model
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Optional keyless start


Safety
Volvos are known for their safety, and the S40 is no different. The car has a long list of standard safety features, including automatic hazard warning lights that turn on when the airbags deploy.

Other safety features include:
  • Standard front-, side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard antilock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution
  • Standard electronic stability system and traction control
  • Standard security system
  • Standard immobilizer-encrypted ignition key
  • Optional blind spot warning system
  • Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers



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Latest Reviews

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Review of S40 Volvo

by Martha from Coppell, TX on April 4, 2017

I like the size and style of this smaller Volvo. I wished this this style was still being made. The servicing of this car has been excellent. Read full review

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Looking at the long rum

by Practical Fun Fan from Lansing, MI on October 31, 2013

The Volvo S40 just seems to have everything it needs. It is comfortable, easy to drive, zippy, looks great and has all the right bells and whistles. What more could I need? A long run!! Say a couple ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Volvo S40 currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2010 Volvo S40 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Volvo

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services, Carfax vehicle history report and rental car

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 miles; no deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 130 point inspection and reconditioning.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker