The Volvo S40 was first produced in 1995. It is a small family saloon car. It is now in a second generation of the model. Therefore locating a used Volvo S40 is not too difficult. Initially the car was going to be called the S4 but Audi had already trademarked this term for one of their intended models.
The first versions of the car were manufactured in Holland at the NedCar factory. Peter Horbury oversaw the car's design. He has been involved in car design for many years. The range of Volvo S40 cars initially included only two versions, a 1.8-litre, and 2-litre. Other models were quickly added, providing more economic models and more sporty versions. These included a diesel model and the T4, with its high-performance engine achieving 200 bhp.
In 2004, the second generation was introduced. This was based on the Volvo P1 platform. The best-equipped version of this range came with a 2.5-litre turbocharged engine, part of the latest iteration of Volvo 5-cylinder engines.
Volvo S40 sales have been reasonable around the world. A considerable amount has been sold in the United States, with around 25,000 being sold in both 2005 and 2006 after the second-generation version was introduced. There was a minor update to the car in 2008, with a better audio system, more storage space, and improved safety features being introduced.
The Volvo S40 has a distinctive design, which has won it many awards. In an Italian award ceremony, it was voted as the 'Most Beautiful Estate Car in the World'. It was also voted the Best New Sport Compact in 2005 at the Canadian Car of the Year Awards. A nearly new Volvo S40 is an attractive vehicle, and with Volvo's record for safety, it makes a very practical purchase.