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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
“top-level fit and finish”
Car and Driver
“excels when it comes to eating up big chunks of miles on the highway”
“the quality feel we expect of the marque”
Road & Track
The 2010 Volvo S40 and V50 deliver in terms of comfort and quality, with the only major detraction being the limited space at the back.
No one questions the quality of the interior of the 2010 Volvo S40 and V50. Edmunds comments, “From something as simple as a high-quality headliner to the clean and classy gauges, the S40’s [and V50’s] cabin conveys an upscale feel from top to bottom.” As mentioned earlier, Motor Trend acknowledges that Volvo adds “more storage space in the doors and the center console.” Kelley Blue Book is a fan of the S40 and V50, pointing out that they sport ergonomically designed chairs whose “comfort on long drives is undeniable." Edmunds claims that the “S40 offers nearly identical interior dimensions” when comparing its interior dimensions to competitors such as Audi’s A4 and BMW’s 3-Series. The V50 will be comparable with the A4 Avant and 3-Series Touring wagons.
Kelley Blue Book finds fault with a “cramped rear seat and moderate headroom,” whereas ConsumerGuide is less harsh, claiming that “two adults get decent head and elbow space, but three will feel pinched” in the rear seat in the S40 and V50. KBB also notes that “the S40 and V50 undercuts the base Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, and Lexus IS by a good margin.” However, the same reviewers point out that “the pricing gap closes quickly once comparable features are added.”
The 2010 Volvo S40 and V50 are not quite luxury cars despite their premium price tags, but in terms of comfort and quality, they certainly come close.