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Volvo V40 (1996 - 2004) Equipment, Accessories & Interior

Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
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Equipment

4 out of 5 4.0

The range has a comprehensive equipment list which includes electrically-adjustable and heated door mirrors, six-speaker stereo radio/cassette, body-colour bumpers, SIPS (Side Impact Protection System), front seat lumbar adjustment, height-adjustable steering column. XS models add 15" alloy wheels with locking wheel nuts, protective side mouldings, remote central locking with deadlocks, CD player, height-adjustable driver's seat, lumbar-adjustable passenger's seat.

CD models add to base specification: CD multi-changer, trip information computer, wood fascia trim, cruise control and leather upholstery. SE models combine the features of both XS and CD (from September 98 with CD player and wood trim). 2.0T light-pressure Turbo models have twin headlights, body-colour side mouldings, oval exhaust tailpipe and steel wheels.

T4 high-pressure Turbo models have 16" alloy wheels, rear spoiler, fog lights in front bumper, rear spoiler and DSA Dynamic Stability Assistance traction control. Special Xi models (December 99) have chrome grille, double headlamps, special trim and 16" alloy wheels. Second generation cars from May 2000 have revisions including new bumpers and rear lamps, double headlamps on all models, restyled alloy wheels, wider track and longer wheelbase with upgraded front suspension to improve handling and ride, uprated 2.0T and T4 2.0 turbo engines, and new common rail 1.9 turbo-diesel engines giving 102 bhp or 115 bhp.

Auto option on 1.8 and 2.0 petrol models is a new five-speed transmission. Sport models (Oct 2000) have front and rear spoilers, double headlamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, half leather upholstery and special black interior trim. Sport Lux versions (Oct 2001) combine Sport spec with luxury equipment similar to SE. Revisions in Oct 01 included: 'Solaris' alloy wheels, upgraded upholstery and leather-trimmed steering wheel on S; new style alloy wheels and sports-type dials on Sport; Dynamic Stability Traction Control system on 2.0T; new style 16" alloy wheels and gas discharge headlamps on T4.

Revisions in May 02: black grille, new four-dial instruments; electric rear windows, front fog lights, passenger airbag and improved seats on all models; larger 16-inch alloys on SE and Sport Lux; detailed engine modifications on 1.6, 1.8, 2.0 and 2.0T to reduce emissions. Option packs available individually or combined: 'Handling': fog lamps, sports suspension, alloy wheels; 'Comfort': electric sunroof, remote central locking with deadlocks, cruise control, illuminated vanity lamps, rear armrest, reading lamps; 'Audio': uprated stereo, CD autochanger, electric aerial; 'Luxury': leather upholstery, wood trim, air con; 'Business': includes cruise control, alarm, remote central locking, deadlocks; 'Winter': heated front seats, headlamp wash/wipe, luxury floor mats; 'Premium': electric driver's seat and rear windows; 'Prestige': leather steering wheel, red wood trim, 15" alloy wheels, jacquard upholstery; 'Sports': leather sports steering wheel, red wood trim, 16" alloy wheels, rear spoiler, part-leather upholstery; 'Estate': load compensating self-levelling suspension, roof rails, nylon safety net.

Dealer-fitted optional accessories available individually include headlamp protectors, fixed towbar, quick-release towbar, Volvo child seat, hazard warning triangle, first aid kit, TRACKER satellite tracking security system, RTI Road and Traffic information system, reversing sensor, rubber floor mats, steel safety net (on estates) and roof load carrier bars.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volvo V40 (96-04).

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

CD equipment

CD standard equipment
  • Steel wheels
CD optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels

Classic S equipment

Classic S standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Classic S optional equipment
None available

Classic SE equipment

Classic SE standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Classic SE optional equipment
None available

Classic Sport equipment

Classic Sport standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Classic Sport optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
S optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
SE optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Sport optional equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Traction control

Sport Lux equipment

Sport Lux standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Sport Lux optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Roof rails
  • Traction control

Xi equipment

Xi standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Xi optional equipment
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Steel wheels

XS equipment

XS standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
XS optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Safety

3 out of 5 3.0

A four-star Euro NCAP rating is very good for a car of this age. All cars have ABS, seat belt pre-tensioners, driver's airbag and Volvo's SIPS side airbag system. Deadlocks are fitted to all but the early base-model cars (where they are an option combined with central locking).

Interior & boot space

3 out of 5 3.0

V40 manages to mix style and substance - in the shape of a useable load area. It's just the job for weekend trips to DIY stores, the dump and it has a big enough luggage area for short holidays. Not really practical for heavy-duty work, but perfect as a family holdall. Good sized glovebox and a few little cubbies, too.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Volvo V40 (96-04) compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Audi A4 Avant (96-01) 390 litres
Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon (00-05) 360 litres
Volvo V40 (96-04) 357 litres
Lexus IS Sport Cross (01-05) 343 litres

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