New and Improved Volvo S40
Volvo has always been known to produce quality cars - be it an SUV or a sedan or a truck. All of these are built around a “safety first” mantra. Indeed the company’s vehicles have always been given high marks in safety tests. From the Volvo belts for the passengers and drivers to the airbags and other safety systems, the company now owned by Ford Motor Company, covers all bases to give their consumers peace of mind knowing that they are well protected inside a Volvo.
One such product is the lineup of the Volvo S40 which not only gives optimum performance and the best in safety but is also offered to the public in a reasonable price. As always, safety is never forgotten with side-curtain and side-impact airbags integrated to the car. Stopping power is also not a problem with the car’s anti-lock braking system and electronic brake-force distribution which is guaranteed to perform to the optimum level to provide safe braking to the driver.
The latest model of the Volvo S40 comes from the company’s design engine called the VIVA which stands for Volvo Intelligent Vehicle Architecture. This was created to give the new lineup with a better chassis and a new body construction to better protect the passengers and drivers in cases of crashes. The result of which is the use of a different strength of steel in different zones in the car. These are the conventional, high strength, extra high strength, and ultra high strength steel levels which are used on different zones in accordance to what that particular zone’s strength need. The large amount of effort exerted by the company to produce a quality and safe vehicle with the use of their design engine has surely paid off with the Volvo S40.
Driving the car is also another plus for the manufacturer, handling and stability is spectacular, thanks to the engineering of different suspension and steering parts which works in tune with the engine to give a comfortable ride for the passenger and ease in driving for the driver. The entry level model employs a 2.4i engine capable enough to power the car to a performance that would not disappoint. But if you opt for the Volvo S40 T5 package, you will have a slightly bigger 2.5 liter turbocharged engine for more oomph. The 218 horsepower that comes with the package is enough to bring this car in the company of BMW, Mercedes and Audi sports cars. The car’s five-speed automatic transmission facilitates the smooth transfer of power from the souped up engine to the 17-inch alloy wheels.
About the Author: Glady Reign is a 32 year old is a consultant for an automotive firm based in Detroit, Mi. she is a native of the Motor City and grew up around cars hence her expertise in the automotive field.