2004 Volvo V40

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Volvo V40. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Refinement
  • Handling
  • Construction quality
  • Cargo space
  • Price

The Bad

  • Passenger space

Notable Features of the 2004 Volvo V40

  • Five-passenger FWD wagon
  • 1.9-liter four-cylinder
  • Adaptive five-speed automatic
  • Side-impact and side-curtain airbags
  • S40 sedan also available

2004 Volvo V40 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Volvo’s compact V40 wagon and its S40 sedan companion earned a mild freshening in 2003 that included a new grille, headlight surrounds and body-colored moldings. For 2004, a new Limited Sport Edition package is available that features 16-inch Crater alloy wheels, a moonroof, a power driver’s seat, front and rear spoilers, leather seating surfaces, stainless-steel scuff plates and front fog lamps. Only 2,500 Limited Sport Edition models will be produced.

Even though the V40 comes in a single basic model, it can be equipped with a Premium or Sport option package. The Sport group adds front and rear spoilers, fog lamps, 16-inch Galactica alloy wheels, Visby sport leather seats and Cyborg inlays.

Volvo aims the S40/V40 duo toward younger buyers, whereas the Swedish automaker’s other models are geared more toward an older crowd. Developed jointly with Mitsubishi, the entry-level S40 sedan and V40 wagon are built in the Netherlands. Ford wholly owns Volvo, but the compact models were developed prior to Ford’s takeover.

Like other Volvos, the V40 emphasizes safety. Standard side curtain-type airbags extend from the front roof pillar to the rear pillar and drop down from above the windows in side collisions.


Exterior
The V40’s styling is closely related to other Volvo products. A trademark Volvo grille with chrome vertical bars sits up front. Character lines run through the hood and along the bodysides like those on Volvo’s larger models...
Vehicle Overview
Volvo’s compact V40 wagon and its S40 sedan companion earned a mild freshening in 2003 that included a new grille, headlight surrounds and body-colored moldings. For 2004, a new Limited Sport Edition package is available that features 16-inch Crater alloy wheels, a moonroof, a power driver’s seat, front and rear spoilers, leather seating surfaces, stainless-steel scuff plates and front fog lamps. Only 2,500 Limited Sport Edition models will be produced.

Even though the V40 comes in a single basic model, it can be equipped with a Premium or Sport option package. The Sport group adds front and rear spoilers, fog lamps, 16-inch Galactica alloy wheels, Visby sport leather seats and Cyborg inlays.

Volvo aims the S40/V40 duo toward younger buyers, whereas the Swedish automaker’s other models are geared more toward an older crowd. Developed jointly with Mitsubishi, the entry-level S40 sedan and V40 wagon are built in the Netherlands. Ford wholly owns Volvo, but the compact models were developed prior to Ford’s takeover.

Like other Volvos, the V40 emphasizes safety. Standard side curtain-type airbags extend from the front roof pillar to the rear pillar and drop down from above the windows in side collisions.


Exterior
The V40’s styling is closely related to other Volvo products. A trademark Volvo grille with chrome vertical bars sits up front. Character lines run through the hood and along the bodysides like those on Volvo’s larger models. A power moonroof is optional.

Measuring 180.2 inches long overall, which is 2.4 inches longer than the S40 sedan, the V40 wagon shares the same 100.9-inch wheelbase with its sedan sibling. Both body styles are 67.6 inches wide and 56 inches tall. The V40 is 7.6 inches shorter in wheelbase and 5.2 inches shorter overall than Volvo’s midsize V70 wagon. Standard tires measure 15 inches in diameter, and 16-inch alloy wheels are offered as an option.


Interior
Cloth upholstery is standard, and leather seating surfaces are optional. Front occupants get bucket seats, while the rear passengers have a 70/30-split, folding seat. Three-point seat belts are installed for all five seating positions, and integrated rear child-safety seats are available. With both sides of the backseat folded down, cargo volume totals 68.1 cubic feet. With the seat upright, space drops to 33.5 cubic feet. Both a cargo net and a cargo cover are included. Narrow rear doors make entry and exit a little difficult.

Standard equipment includes automatic air conditioning, remote keyless entry, a six-speaker Dolby stereo system, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and an alarm.


Under the Hood
Volvo’s 170-horsepower, turbocharged 1.9-liter four-cylinder engine produces 177 pounds-feet of torque. The adaptive five-speed-automatic transmission tailors performance characteristics to the driver’s personal style.

Safety
Antilock brakes, side curtain-type airbags and side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard. Volvo’s Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) moves the front seats rearward in a collision. An optional Dynamic Stability Assistance system reduces torque when it detects a loss of traction.

Driving Impressions
Nearly all of the pleasures of driving a larger Volvo wagon can be found in the V40, but at a substantially lower price. That appealing list includes a generally satisfying ride, precise handling, quiet and refined behavior, energetic performance and an overall sensation of solidity.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Wonderful under estimated Volvo

by Volvo for safety from Spring Lake, MI on January 13, 2018

This is one of the best Volvo cars, I have owned. I have owned about 25 Volvos. It is quick, nimble, hardly leans in the curves, unlike older Volvos. The computer says it is getting 41 MPG on the ... Read full review

(4.0)

Keeps on running like the energized bunny

by Stickefingers from Dallas, tx on August 20, 2017

It is a great model with a lot of value for the price, came loaded like a more expensive luxury vehicle for a portion of the price, quick response and really good handling this was one for the ages. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Volvo V40 currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2004 Volvo V40 has not been tested.

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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 V40 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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