Ford creates a sexy Volvo
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.