From £17,325
Sport model looks reasonable, but big wheels and sports suspension ruin ride and 2.0-litre diesel lacks refinement.
2 July 2005

What’s new?

The S40 has been on sale for some time, but this is our first opportunity to drive the Sport version, which brings firmer suspension, 18in alloys, a bodykit and a new cloth interior.

Do the changes work?

In a word, no. The ‘Dynamic Chassis’ and big wheels create a firm, fidgety ride at any speed. The cloth seats feel like vinyl and the 2.0-litre diesel isn’t as refined as the 1.6.

Should I buy one?

We wouldn’t. In cheaper formats the S40 is an appealing car, but the diesel motor and ‘sporty’ addenda seem a pointless combination.

Alastair Clements

 

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