2006 Volvo S40 T5 Review

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2006 Volvo S40 T5 Review



2006 Volvo S40 T5

Not ago, the adjectives that described a Volvo were any but “stylish” and “sporty.” “Boxy”? “Safe”? Almost by definition.

But were an acquired taste, the automotive equivalent of that delicacy, pickled herring.

was then. Since those Volvo has thrown away the box and a new and distinctive design language. And has been added more to the mix.

The proper mix of style and is especially important in the hotly-contested compact sports-luxury class, Asian brands aggressively performance at the lower priced with the traditional European covering luxury at the top. entry is the second-generation S40 sports with its V50 wagon variant the versatility of a small wagon to the The S40/V50 pair replaced the S40 and V40 last year, and were a improvement.

They continue with trim changes for 2006.

The S40 models are the moderately-priced front-wheel 2.4i, with a 168-horsepower inline five-cylinder engine, and drive T5 and all-wheel drive T5 powered by a 218-horsepower low-pressure and intercooled 2.5-liter variant of the five. That’s the same used in the larger S60, and it the S40 T5s the sportiest Volvo sedans for the much pricier high-pressure S60R.

I drove the S40 T5 AWD with the six-speed manual transmission this year and found it to be a quiet, and comfortable car. just finished a week a new T5 with the optional five-speed and it’s more of the same. all-wheel drive system is more for all-weather use than rally-car grip, so the difference the two cars is minimal on dry, or slightly damp pavement.

AWD or now, in this case, is a of better winter traction 130 lbs less weight. And, the turbo engine’s fine, and strong torque band, the does little damage to performance, and is easily manually-shiftable in mode anyway. If you live in the belt, AWD. If you don’t, the T5 will do just fine.

stylish and sporty in a more way than the Japanese competition, and distinct from the other entries.

APPEARANCE: The S40 takes strong, broad-shouldered look and it into a compact package. given its entry-level position, the S40 is youthful in its proportions and styling the larger Volvo sedans, without being muscle-bound. And is some history behind look, as the prominent hood and fenders evoke Volvo trends of the 1950s and 1960s, the box era.

The body modifications that are of the “Dynamic Trim Package” the typical aero kit parts a flat front air dam fascia, side-sill extensions, and a spoiler the trunk and lower rear It visually lowers the car but does not it an inappropriately juvenile “boy appearance.

COMFORT: As in any contemporary the S40’s interior is well-thought out and And it’s not all that much than the S60’s. At the T5 level, a fine example of Swedish design – simple that look good and very well. Brushed-aluminum provides highlights in an otherwise interior, with the thin-line stack the most unique

It looks to be from an upscale component manufacturer, and allows space behind the stack otherwise would go to waste. The are different from those in the larger Volvos, but in no way inferior and Volvo seats are among the in the industry. The standard synthetic is appropriate for the S40’s mission and point, and grips well.

The power-adjustable driver’s seat and passenger seat are first-class The rear seat is among the in the sport-compact class. Its 60/40 is not unusual, but the flip-up cushions and, with a reasonably-large opening, add versatility.

If more carrying is in the program, look at the V50

SAFETY: All V50 and S40 models benefit “Volvo’s Intelligent Vehicle which uses computer-modeled with four grades of for a rigid chassis with occupant protection and progressive, deformation in the event of a crash. all of Volvos safety systems for and side impact protection are equipment.

RIDE AND HANDLING: chassis rigidity helps the ride and handling qualities in to reducing noise. My test car with the “Dynamic Sport which tunes the fully-independent strut front, multilink suspension a little more than standard. It’s “European sport-touring” than sports in specification, supple for comfort but with decreased roll for improved cornering.

Torque steer can be the bane of front-wheel drive cars, but the S40 the engine’s torque well, only a slight tug on the steering under full-throttle acceleration.

What’s the most cost-effective way to performance? Drop the big engine in the car. In the case of the inline Volvos, the “big” engine is the same size, although larger in displacement at 2.5 liters to 2.4 due to a …, even better for It’s a dual overhead cam that is turbocharged and intercooled, but pressure is relatively low and compression to minimize the power difference on and off

Not that it will be off-boost as maximum torque – a 236 lb-ft – is developed 1500 through 4800 with the 218 maximum horsepower at 5000 rpm, considerably the 6500-rpm redline. Only off idle is power not instantaneous, and then lag is no worse than in most high-performance naturally-aspirated This means that it well with the optional automatic transmission, which features Geartronic manual-shift

The standard six-speed manual closer gear ratios and weight for slightly improved at some expense to traffic

CONCLUSIONS: Volvo joins the echelon of the compact sports class with its latest S40 T5.

2006 Volvo S40 T5

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