Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

This car is far more rigid than the model it replaced and the front is made from four grades of steel for improved crash performance. No surprise then that it gained a top five-star Euro NCAP rating - the safety association praising the S40 for its very strong and stable passenger safety cage. All cars get driver, passenger and side airbags, ABS and traction control while security consists of an immobiliser and unique-fit stereo.

However, it wasn't until late 2007 that all cars came with Isofix child seat anchor points as standard.

Boot capacity isn't as generous as you'd expect of a car of this size, but the S40 will still handle a couple of suitcases. The V50 is essentially the estate version of the S40 and may bet a better bet if you need more room. Storage in the front could be better - the door pockets are very narrow on cars built before September 2007 and only slightly improved after that.

Although the 'floating' centre console is a neat styling touch it does limit the amount of useful and accessible cubby holes in the S40.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volvo S40 (04-12).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

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
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

ES equipment

ES standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator
ES optional equipment
None available

R DESIGN equipment

R DESIGN standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
R DESIGN optional equipment
None available

R DESIGN Edition equipment

R DESIGN Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
R DESIGN Edition optional equipment
None available

R DESIGN Premium equipment

R DESIGN Premium standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
R DESIGN Premium optional equipment
None available

R DESIGN Premium SE equipment

R DESIGN Premium SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
R DESIGN Premium SE optional equipment
None available

R DESIGN SE equipment

R DESIGN SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
R DESIGN SE optional equipment
None available

R DESIGN SE Sport equipment

R DESIGN SE Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
R DESIGN SE Sport optional equipment
None available

R DESIGN Sport equipment

R DESIGN Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
R DESIGN Sport optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
S optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
SE optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Service indicator

SE Edition equipment

SE Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
SE Edition optional equipment
None available

SE Lux equipment

SE Lux standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator
SE Lux optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats

SE Lux Edition equipment

SE Lux Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
SE Lux Edition optional equipment
None available

SE Lux Premium equipment

SE Lux Premium standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
SE Lux Premium optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats

SE Premium equipment

SE Premium standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
SE Premium optional equipment
None available

SE Sport equipment

SE Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator
SE Sport optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator
Sport optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points

Euro NCAP Rating

The Volvo S40 (04-12) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 2 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.