Ford cre­ates a sexy Volvo

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Used Cars 2004- 2006 Volvo S40 -

The boot was deep, but rather shal­low, which lim­ited what you could carry.

The base model had dual-zone cli­mate con­trol air­con­di­tion­ing, power win­dows, mir­rors and steer­ing, re­mote cen­tral lock­ing, sixs­tacker CD sound and 16-inch al­loys.

Add leather trim, wood­grain, power driver’s seat and a trip com­puter to that and you were driv­ing an SE.

The T5 fea­tured 17-inch al­loy wheels, al­loy trim, eight-stacker CD sound and xenon head­lights. $19,000 to $25,000, or per­haps even an S40 T5 for $24,000 to $30,000. HERE at cars­Guide we have re­ceived lit­tle in the way of com­plaint from S40 own­ers, so it ap­pears it’s per­form­ing well.

As with all cars it’s worth check­ing for a ser­vice record to make sure any car you’re con­sid­er­ing has been well main­tained with reg­u­lar oil and fil­ter changes.

Make the usual checks for body dam­age that would in­di­cate a crash. brakes with elec­tronic brake­force dis­tri­bu­tion and trac­tion con­trol to help avoid a crash, and dual front airbags, head and side airbags, plus seat­belt pre-ten­sion­ers.

The T5 had all of that, plus dy­namic sta­bil­ity con­trol. A ROAD test of the S40 T5 at the time of its launch re­turned 9.3 litres per 100km, which is im­pres­sive for a car of this size and per­for­mance.

The 2.4 and SE would be ex­pected to get 8.5-9.0 litres for 100km.

Fo­cus group: the S40 was part­nered with the Ford Fo­cus, but was still clearly iden­ti­fi­able as a Volvo.

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