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2006 Volvo S40 Review
A safe car by all means.
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The 2006 Volvo S40 aims to be the new safe and secure car targeted towards young people. Its stylish front and sides, along with a powerful engine, make it a fun car. It can also be equipped with stiffer suspensions for better handling around the corners. The most appealing aspect of this car remains its standard safety features. Unlike a lot of other similar cars, this one will not scare the parents. Knowing how safe it is, parents will feel good about buying it for their children. Since it has full frontal and side protection with plenty of airbags, the risks of injury during highway crashes reduces greatly. Anti-lock disk brakes, optional all-wheel drive, and stability control features can all be found on this model. In conclusion, this marks a very good choice for concerned parents.
Engines: 2.4-liter five-cylinder, 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Volvo S40 2.4i, Volvo S40 T5
The 2006 Volvo S40 measures shorter and wider than the previous version and contains more safety features. It boasts side-impact and side curtain airbags to keep the occupants safe during crashes. Most of the new features introduced in 2006 are options. Options include a revised air filter that reduces carbon monoxide levels inside the car.
New 16- and 17-inch wheel designs and a six-speed transmission with a pushdown function for engaging reverse gear (for the T5 model) are also new. Interior features include steering wheel controls for satellite radio and an improved cup holder design.
This model measures shorter than the previous version. Its style looks more like a typical Volvo sedan with shoulders resembling other models. The V-shaped hood blends well with its looks. The turn signal lamps are integrated in the door mirrors, while larger taillights wrap the rear. Sixteen-inch alloy wheels come standard on the 2.4i, although you can also get 17-inch wheels. Foglights and front and rear spoilers are available with the T5. HID headlamps remain optional.
The interior of the 2006 Volvo S40 offers plenty of room despite its 2.2-inch shorter measurements from the previous model year. Leather-wrapped steering wheels can be adjusted. The 2.4i features a CD player and heated mirrors. However, the T5 has a lot of extra standard features such as a power driver’s seat, a trip computer, automatic climate control, and faux wood interior. With the 2.4i model, all of these come with the option package. Both models qualify for upgraded interiors that include leather upholstery, an in-dash CD player with a 12-speaker Dolby sound system, and a moonroof. However, the DVD-based navigation option remains a standalone upgrade.
Performance & Handling
A 2.4-liter naturally aspirated five-cylinder engine that produces 168 horsepower powers the 2006 Volvo S40 2.4i. A five-speed manual or automatic transmission offer options for this model. A turbocharged 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine with 218 horsepower and 236 lb-ft torque powers the T5. A six-speed manual transmission is available for this model.
Due to its firmer suspension and an unusual seat design, the Volvo S40 feels a bit uncomfortable on some bumps. It has satisfactory acceleration even with the automatic transmission of the 2.4i. However, the tires do not suit high-speed cornering.
The Volvo S40 is a very safe car according to the crash test ratings provided by both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). All models offer four-wheel disk brakes and anti-lock features. Beyond that, pretension seat belts and side-impact side curtain airbags keep the passengers safe during a crash. Buyers can opt for the optional dynamic stability and traction control to be on the safe side. NHTSA gives it a perfect five stars in side-impact crash tests. IIHS frontal-offset crash tests produce ""Good"" and ""Best Pick"" results for the Volvo S40.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volvo S40 T5: 20/29 mpg city/highway
- Safety features
- Spirited acceleration
- Crisp handling
You Won't Like
- Firm ride
- Optional stability control
A safe car by all means.
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