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Volvo S40 (P1)

2004.5 - 2012 - P1 Platform - 5 Cylinder Engine - T5, R-Design, Polestar

The second generation S40 was introduced in 2004, as a replacement for the "NedCar" S40 (so called because it was produced at a Volvo-Mitsubishi joint venture in the Netherlands).

With a few previous-gen S40s still moving through dealer showrooms at the time of the new S40's release in mid-2004, these newer cars were often registered as 2004½ or 2004.5 models, though here at IPD we often refer to these very early 2nd-gen S40s as "2005s" to avoid confusion.

As with Volvo's other C30, V50, and C70 small cars, the S40 rides on what Volvo calls their P1 compact car platform. The first all-new car born under Ford's stewardship of Volvo in their Premier Auto Group, this platform was co-developed with Mazda (as the Mazda BK platform) and Ford of Europe (as the C1 platform) at Ford's Cologne, Germany development center.

The powertrains of US-market P1s remain uniquely Volvo, with either a naturally aspirated 2.4i or turbocharged T5 "white block" five cylinder , mated to a 5-speed AW50/AW55 automatic, 5-speed M56 manual, or (for the T5 only) a compact variant of the M66 6-speed manual transmission made by Getrag and shared with the S60R and V70R. T5 variants also had the option of Haldex all-wheel drive.

In 2008, a "facelift" exterior style debuted on P1 platform cars, with both the S40 and V50 featuring a revised front and rear end, as well as an available R-design package featuring a different bumper lip, rocker panels, and interior trim.

After the last S40s were sold in 2011, Volvo did not offer a compact sedan replacement, instead offering the midsize new S60 or compact crossovers like the XC40.

  • Second generation S40
  • Four door sedan based on Volvo P1 platform
  • Sold in the USA from mid-2004 through 2011 model years
    • Some leftover 2011 S40s sold in to 2012
  • USA models were equipped with 5 cylinder gasoline engines
  • USA normally aspirated models had a 2.4L engine, FWD and manual or automatic transmission
  • USA light pressure turbo models had a 2.5L engine, FWD or AWD and manual or automatic transmission

Model information is based on the USA vehicle market. Other model variations may exist outside the USA.

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