2010 Volvo S40 vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy 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 A4 satisfies a wide spectrum of luxury-car shoppers; the optional Drive Select system's an expensive, unnecessary distraction.
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19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas I5Gas I4Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4N/A
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4-Door Sedan Automatic FWD4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door SedanN/A
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/A
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Passenger Doors    
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4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanN/A
Automatic,Automatic w/ODCVTManualN/A
Detailed Spec Comparison
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