2010 Volvo S40
The Volvo S40 is now in its second generation. In the U.S., the car can be fitted with front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. On top of that, customers have a choice of two engines and two transmissions, a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic with Gear-tronic manual shifting.
The foundation or base engine is a 2.4-liter inline-five, which delivers 168 horsepower at 6000 rpm. Torque peaks at 4400 rpm for a maximum of 170 pound-feet at 4400 rpm. The more premium T5 model cranks out 227 horsepower at 5000 rpm. Maximum torque is 236 pound-feet, available from 1500 rpm to 5000 rpm.
The S40 competes with the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class. Although, the S40 has many similarities to the Mazda 3 and the European model of the Ford Focus, due to a shared platform.