Avg. Price Paid:$9,543 - $11,865
Original MSRP: $24,365 - $30,365
MPG: 20 City / 28 Hwy
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2008 Volvo S40 Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Volvo S40 was new.

Although its cabin is knocked for limited rear passenger space and cargo room, reviewers still enjoy the 2008 S40's minimalist design.

Edmunds finds "Cutting-edge Swedish style inside and out," while Kelley Blue Book says, "Scandinavian in nature, the S40's interior and dashboard qualify as no-frills."


The S40's seats get mostly positive reviews. Edmunds says the seats "are comfortable and supportive, and in concert with the telescoping column, offer a very good seating position." Cars.com is more moderate: "Occupants tend to sit on top of the seats rather than in them, but they still prove supportive and comfortable during long drives."

Thoughts of comfort are abandoned in the rear seat. Car and Driver is one of many to complain of a "small back seat," and Kelley Blue Book says the S40 "lacks good rear seat headroom." Kelley Blue Book also suggests, "If you regularly need room for four adults, the S40's cramped rear seat and moderate headroom are a negative."

Interior Features

Volvo also modified the S40's interior design, but auto writers appreciate that the car maintains the company's Scandinavian style. Automobile Magazine says of the new design, "Gone are the standard bits of gray plastic trim, and the result is a clean, monotone design.” Edmunds also highlights the new trim: "The minimalist and 100-percent Swedish cabin design has thankfully been left untouched, but a new Nordic Light Oak optional trim brightens the interior with even more of the Svenska style that would be at home in Ikea's premium section."

Reviews are split on the simplicity of the S40's redesigned controls. Edmunds says the "ultraslim center stack features controls that are a model of simplicity, and the materials used throughout are excellent." However, Kelley Blue Book disagrees, saying, "Some controls on the vertical console aren't quite as logical as they look, and glovebox space is meager."

The 2008 Volvo S40 has tinted windows, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel with illuminated cruise and audio controls and ambient temperature gauges. The base's standard audio system is an AM/FM CD player with four speakers, while T5 models have a sounds system with eight speakers. Bluetooth is optional for all trims, and a Volvo DVD Navigation System with remote control is optional for the T5 models.


The 2008 Volvo S40 has 12.6 cubic feet of available storage space in its trunk, an amount most say is small. Kelley Blue Book explains, "Though easy to load, the trunk's size is modest." Reviews also mention of the lack of interior storage areas. Motor Trend reports that the 2008 S40 has been "freshened to offer more storage space in the doors and the center console, which now includes two cubbies thanks to a new, more space-efficient handbrake design." But Car and Driver represents those who complain of the "dearth of cabin stowage space."

Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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