Increased differentiation between the S40 and V50. New S40 front with lower, broader stance Sportier new grille creates a tougher V50 look. Slimmer tail lamps and new rear bumper. Larger and more practical storage space. New real wood inlay - Nordic Light Oak. Fresh new Spring Green upholstery.
- Closer visual links with the larger Volvo models. - Increasing numbers of younger buyers with high premium demands. - Improved storage. - Enhanced driving pleasure. - New safety features. - Audio system of world class. - One-third of total sales volume together with Volvo V50.
The Volvo S40 was launched in autumn 2003 as a somewhat larger sedan evolution of its Dutch-built predecessor. The design language and the specification level harmonised more closely with the larger Volvo S60. The aim was to give customers large-car properties in a compact format and with clearly sporty overtones.