2008 Volvo S40 vs. Its Competition

2008 Volvo S40 4-door Sedan 2.4L Man FWD Open Doors
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Volvo S40 occupies an in-between price range, so it competes with luxury-brand rivals as well as affordable alternatives.

The Acura TSX, which includes the superior service of Acura dealerships, has especially nimble handling, a good ride, and impressive fuel efficiency, but its backseat is somewhat cramped.

Another possibility is the Subaru Impreza; in its base 2.5i form, it’s a much more affordable alternative, with standard all-wheel drive and performance from its horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine similar to the base five in the Volvo.

And the Impreza WRX offers performance that rivals the T5, at a lower price.

The Saab 9-3 is another alternative, bringing good, sharp handling and decent performance, but its ride can be choppy and its interior isn’t especially roomy.

The Jetta may provide the most value in this class for those who are completely practically minded.

Its five-cylinder engine offers performance that’s very comparable to that in the standard 2.4i model, with similar equipment and a backseat that’s a bit roomier, at a price that’s close to $10,000 less.

That said, if safety features are the priority and you’re willing to pay the extra money for them as options, the S40 is unbeatable.

2008 Volvo S40 4-door Sedan 2.4L Man FWD Open Doors2008 Volvo S40
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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2008 Volvo S40 has the efficiency and compactness of a small car with the available safety features and poise of a larger sport sedan.
8.8
The new 2009 Acura TSX has a standout features list and distinctive interior, but its acceleration isn't notable.
MSRP From  
$24,365$29,160$16,700
Gas Mileage  
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas I5Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
CompactCompactCompact
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic FWD4-Door Sedan Automatic4-Door Sedan GL Manual
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan GL
Transmission  
Automatic,Automatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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