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2011 Volvo S40 - Styling Review

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The 2011 Volvo S40 is many years on, but it still manages to look fresh.
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The cabin has a minimalist design, high-quality materials, and solid workmanship.
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ultra-slim center stack design makes a fashion statement while adding to the car's functionality

Despite the fact that the S40 and its V50 wagon sibling were last redesigned in late 2003 and are both still looking great, like vain Hollywood 30-somethings they've gone under the knife for a nip-tuck anyway.
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The 2011 Volvo S40 is unremarkable from a styling standpoint, though it's even by today's fashion sense a well-sculpted small sport sedan. While it looked fresh many years ago when first introduced, its proportions are now rather familiar, but athletic. Large alloy wheels and nicely done detailing give the S40 a nice visual punch compared to other sporty sedans—especially in R-Design form where the S40 gets a sport body kit and added side skirts plus front and rear spoilers.

The S40 and its wagon counterpart the V50 were among the first models to get the 'floating' center stack—a thin control panel that houses climate control and audio functions, with storage space behind. The instrument panel was ahead of its time—modeled after electronics and thin monitors—and still looks great today. Up close, the design is of course very Scandinavian-influenced, with stark contrasts between light and dark trim, and the center stack trimmed with a matte-metallic surface.


The 2011 Volvo S40 is many years on, but it still manages to look fresh.

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