In comparing the Audi A4's and the Volvo S40's specifications and ratings, the Audi A4 has the advantage in the area of fuel efficiency. The Volvo S40 has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, interior volume and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Audi A4's and the Volvo S40's specifications and ratings, the Volvo S40 is a better car than the Audi A4.
Audi A4 vs. Volvo S40 Pricing
A used 2011 Audi A4 ranges from $6,447 to $13,995 while a used 2011 Volvo S40 is priced between $4,644 to $11,995.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Audi A4’s base engine makes 211 horsepower, and the Volvo S40 base engine makes 227 horsepower. The A4 is rated to deliver an average of 25 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 513 miles. The S40 is rated to deliver an average of 24 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 477 miles. This gives the Audi A4 the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Volvo S40. Both models use gasoline.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Volvo S40 has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front leg room and cargo space. The Audi A4, a compact car, has the advantage in the areas of front head room, front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
The Audi A4 has an average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars based on NHTSA's crash test ratings.