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2006 Volvo


S40

Volvo’s stylish though pricey S40 sedan is based on the Mazda3 platform and comes powered by either a 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter five-cylinder powerplant, mated to a five-speed manual transmission, or — in the performance-minded T5 model — a 218-horsepower, turbocharged engine that comes with a six-speed gearbox. A five-speed automatic is optional. In addition, a Haldex all-wheel-drive system is available. The vehicle’s suspension delivers sporty handling characteristics, thanks to MacPherson struts up front and a multilink design at the rear. As befits the brand, many safety features are on hand, including a sturdy structure and Volvo’s Side Impact Protection System. A stylish center stack of controls highlights the vehicle’s distinctively styled interior. Standard features include four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Emergency Brake Assistance, and front-side and side-curtain airbags. Updates for 2006 include standard steering-wheel audio controls, revised wheels, and improved cupholders.

Preview: 2005 Volvo S40 by Henny Hemmes (12/8/2003)
A newborn identity for Volvo’s entry-level duo.

 

V50

Volvo’s compact V50 is the station wagon version of the S40, and is likewise based on the Mazda3 platform. It also comes powered by either a 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter five-cylinder powerplant, mated to a five-speed manual transmission, or — in the performance-minded T5 model — a 218-horsepower, turbocharged engine that comes with a six-speed gearbox. A five-speed automatic is optional. A Haldex all-wheel-drive system is also available. The vehicle’s suspension delivers sporty handling characteristics, thanks to MacPherson struts up front and a multilink design at the rear. As befits the brand, many safety features are on hand and include a stiff structure and Volvo’s Side Impact Protection System. A stylish center stack of controls highlights the vehicles’ distinctively styled interior. Standard features include four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Emergency Brake Assistance, and front-side and side-curtain airbags. Updates for 2006 include standard steering-wheel audio controls, revised wheels, and improved cupholders.

 

S60

For 2006, the mid-size S60 sedan is now powered in the base model by a 208-horsepower, turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine; an alternately available 2.3-liter, turbocharged five-cylinder generates 247 horses in the sporty T5 edition. Both front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available with five-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmissions. A high-performance edition — the S60R — offers a speedy 300-horsepower, 2.5-liter in-line-five-cylinder engine, mated to a just-added six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission that affords manual gear changes. The S60R also offers a Servotronic power-steering system, suspension upgrades, beefier Brembo brakes, and a newly upgraded Haldex “Instant Traction” all-wheel drive system. For 2006, the AWD and T5 versions get redesigned alloy wheels. Standard equipment includes four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, and front-side airbags. A “Four-C” chassis is available on the T5 that allows the driver to switch from “comfort” to “sport” ride and handling settings.


 
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