Volvo has introduced new models, engines and optional features, plus more quality and extra style.

Full details of the stylish new S40 ‘Sport’ and ‘SE Sport’ models have just been announced. These feature lowered sports suspension, front and rear spoilers, side skirts, 18in alloy wheels, ‘rally bar’ (front strut stiffener) and unique ‘Dala T-Tec’ interior upholstery. In addition, there are new options across the range including a passenger airbag cut-off switch, laminated side windows for greater security, and a new ‘keyless entry’ system that automatically unlocks the doors when the key is nearby and has a switch on the dash for starting the engine.

The four-cylinder 1.8 (125bhp) petrol engine is now available, starting the Volvo S40 range from £16,098, while the 2.0D (136bhp) engine is now Euro IV compliant.

The range-topping V50 220bhp T5 is now available with AWD (All-Wheel Drive) and is also one of the models available with the new ‘Sport’ and ‘SE Sport’ trim. The new options of laminated side windows and ‘keyless entry’ system are also available for Volvo’s V50. The Euro IV compliant 2.0D engine is available from £18,913, and the four-cylinder 1.8 (125bhp) petrol engine now starts the V50 range from £17,348.

Details of the high-performance S60 and V70 300bhp ‘R’ models have also been released, which include a second generation Four-C active chassis that’s been retuned for UK roads. Exterior and interior changes include new front and rear bumper designs with body coloured front spoiler, side rubbing strips and lower side mouldings, and water repellent glass for door mirrors. The new R models have a revised “Spaceball” gearlever, tunnel console and centre stack design with new audio controls.

The Volvo C70 convertible special ‘Collection’ edition is still available for a limited period. It features a leather interior available in toscana tan or off-black with contrast stitching, plus unique 17in Otrera polished alloy wheels and a range of three turbo engines. Prices start from £26,578 for the 2.0T.

Fresh from its makeover last year, for 2005 the Volvo S80 saloon offers an improved drive thanks to the addition of a dynamic chassis for all models, revised front anti-roll bars for 2.4-litre petrol and D5 diesel models, and the 2.0T engine gains dual CVVT (continuously variable valve timing) for better flexibility with more torque at lower revs (240Nm now available from 1,850rpm instead of 2,200rpm). Service intervals for all five cylinder petrol engines have extended to 18,000 miles (or one year). In addition, a retuned, second generation of Four-C active chassis is also available with ‘Comfort’ and ‘Sport’ settings.

The 2005 Volvo S80 is more comfortable thanks to new front seats with a greater range of adjustment and slimmer head restraints to improve visibility for rear seat passengers. S models now have upgraded Kalmar textile/leather sports upholstery, while SE models gain a new 6xCD audio unit and door mirrors with water repellent glass. In addition, the optional Premium Sound audio system is available with a 325W, nine speaker surround sound system by Danish audio experts, DynaudioTM.

The range-topping ‘Executive’ model is also upgraded with new seat design and soft leather upholstery, DynaudioTM Premium sound audio, Bi-Xenon headlights with wash/wipe, and metallic paint as standard.

The XC70 also receives a makeover for 2005, gaining new looks, improved quality and the introduction of new features such as Volvo’s second generation Four-C active chassis with Comfort and Sport modes, and water repellent glass for side windows and door mirrors.

The only changes to the XC90 for 2005 models are new seats with a greater range of adjustment and slimmer head restraints, water repellent glass for door mirrors, and T6 engine models have a larger petrol tank (from 72 to 80 litres). The top of the range Executive model also gains body-coloured door mirrors and a greater range of new soft leather upholsteries.