I HAVE always wondered why some people are so in love with the Swedish beauty that is the Volvo S40.
The answer is a simple question of reliability and the art of Scandinavian design.
My test Volvo S40 D topped the charts when it came to trustworthiness and practicality.
And, boy, the S40's credentials are up there with the top dogs! But since its arrival on our shores at the beginning of June the S40 D has not been given a break.
This confirms my suspicions that it is the reason why certain people are addicted to Volvos.
This is one car that has made me wish something would happen to my car so I can get myself the S40.
Please give me R309300 and I will happily go out and buy this Volvo without thinking twice.
For me the S40 D Powershift is a perfect car for both everyday and long-distance driving. It would also feel at home at a holiday destination in Cape Town or the Eastern Cape.
The elegant minimalism that forms part of the Scandinavian design philosophy that Volvo embraces, is an important element in the creation of these cars - and this is particularly evident in the S40 D Powershift.
I must confess that this Volvo is excitement delivered through improved and inspiring road-handling and a spirited engine.
Under the bonnet of the S40 D Powershift lies a 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that has a power output of 100kW and 320Nm of torque.
Other safety features in this beauty include a Side Impact Protection System with air bags housed in the seat backs of the front seats and a full-length air bag curtain that is deployed from the roof.
It also boasts a Whiplash Protection System to prevent and reduce the severity of injuries in the event of an impact from the rear.
Volvo also has one of the best sound systems around to make sure you enjoy being inside the car.
The S40 is equipped with a digital amplifier from Alpine, Dolby Pro Logic II Surround and loudspeakers from Dynaudio of Denmark.