2010 Volvo S40 vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

At $10,000 less than the Volvo S40 and V50, the Jetta may provide the most value in this class, thanks to a five-cylinder engine that gives the Volvo 2.4-liter mill some stiff competition.

The Jetta, both the sedan and wagon, also offers a roomier backseat and matching features.

A much more affordable alternative is the Subaru Impreza.

In its base 2.5i form, it comes with standard all-wheel drive and performance from its horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine similar to the base five in the Volvo.

All things considered, the sporty Impreza WRX model 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 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.

However, the Acura, along with the Audi A4, is pricier than the Volvos.

It must also be noted that if safety is a priority, the S40 and V50 are unmatched in this segment of cars.

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Quick Specs
The 2010 Volvo S40 and V50 are ideal for inner-city confines, and with both economical and sporty models on offer, most buyers should be able to find a package they’re comfortable with.
The new 2010 Acura TSX offers more features than most entry-luxury sedans, and the V-6 cures its previous lack of power.
The 2010 Audi S4 blasts its way into a performance war with BMW and Mercedes-Benz-and Lexus, Infiniti, and Cadillac-thanks to a big price cut and 333 supercharged horsepower.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas I5Gas I4Gas I4Gas I5
EPA Class   
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan Automatic FWD4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn
Automatic,Automatic w/ODCVTManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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