With the former base S40 2.4i models discontinued, as well as available all-wheel drive, only front-wheel-drive S40 T5 and T5 R-Design remain, both offering the higher-power 2.5-liter turbocharged in-line five-cylinder engine. It makes 227 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque in the 2011 Volvo S40, and is available with either front- or all-wheel-drive configurations; it provides strong acceleration without the need to rev it to excess and pairs well with the five-speed automatic.
According to official Volvo specs, the S40 can get to 60 mpg in 7.1 seconds.
The S40 has a driving feel that combines the best of both worlds—offering the feel and stability of a larger German thoroughbred, yet allowing easy maneuverability and ease in fitting into tight parking spaces. Handling along country roads and high-speed cruising is safe and not inspiring in the same way as world-class sport sedans, but it's very capable.
While Volvo makes no claims of the S40 as being a serious sport sedan, it's surprisingly rewarding and well-rounded.