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$26,085
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$27,750
On Quality
The 2011 Volvo S40 is very refined and upscale inside for a compact sedan, though the sometimes-hard ride and cramped backseat are limitations.
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more storage space in the doors and the center console, which now includes two cubbies
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The tauter sport suspension, included with T5 models, reacts sharply to bumps.
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standard upholstery in the five-occupant interior has a slightly coarse woven feel that's said to be inspired by sportswear
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These 5-cylinder engines lack 6-cylinder smoothness.
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Cargo is a relatively small 12.6 cubic feet — the smallest of the group.
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Comfort and quality are top-notch in the 2011 Volvo S40, along with the V50 wagon, but the cramped backseat could be a deal-breaker for family shoppers.

The Volvo S40 offers a level of comfort that near that of the brand's larger sedans in the front seats—though seat cushions don't seem quite as ample—however, in back legroom is tight and those around six feet or taller will have headroom issues. There's also only space for two adults in back; three won't have elbow or shoulder room.

But the interior is a little more useful than in most compact sedans. The 'floating' center stack is already a cool design, but a year or two ago Volvo made it even better, introducing a new center console and door panel design, along with improved air vents and a repositioned clock, in an effort to boost the number of storage compartments.

Compared to other small sedans, the S40 has levels of road noise that are well under control, though at lower speeds especially the ride can be rather hard and busy.

Conclusion

The 2011 Volvo S40 is very refined and upscale inside for a compact sedan, though the sometimes-hard ride and cramped backseat are limitations.

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