Volvo know-how at its best.
The 2005s are part of that joint venture I wrote about in the Mazda 3 review, which brings together the brain power of Volvo, Mazda and Ford. In cooperation, they came up with a wonderful chassis. Volvo then brought it back to Sweden and incorporated all of their know-how as far as safety, performance and luxury is concerned. The new 2005s are no comparison to the previous S40 which had not much more than a nice cabin to gloat about. Volvo, wizened by the past, has kept their projected sale numbers only marginally higher than those of the outgoing model. The tester is a nearly fully equipped S40 T5 AWD. The price range for the S40, including the V50, is between $29 995 all the way to around $50 000. My T5 sedan retails for $44 795.
The 2005s are a far cry from the bland preceding generation S/V 40. From
The interior has a floating center stack that some are calling the waterfall: it incorporates the radio and climate controls and it has been dubbed this because it looks like it is flowing out of the dash. It is automotive art at its most inspired. The controls, however, are slightly bunched up in the middle of the ultra-slim center console. One does get used to the layout quickly enough though. The plastics, aluminium-like panel trim and the wood inlays are beautifully crafted and assembled. All buttons and controls have a refined and textured feel that exude quality. The radio sound and quality are likewise exceptional. The Premium sound system, which retails for an extra $1,200, with 12 speakers, a good size amplifier, and Dolby Pro Logic II 5.1, is a must for any audiophile that wants and loves to crank up the juice.
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