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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact

Volvo introduced the model 440 in 1987 as a replacement for the 300 series, which was already old, and built it on the same platform as the successful 480 model.

While the 480 was a three-door hatchback with a sporty flavor thanks to its pop-up headlights, the 440 aimed at those who were looking for a premium vehicle but shorter. The premium German carmakers didn't have anything to oppose it since the Audi 80, BMW 3 Series, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class were longer. Moreover, none of them were hatchbacks.

Its front fascia resembled the 740/760 series but shrunk to fit. By those times' standards, it was considered a compact-sized vehicle. From its profile, the 440 featured angular shapes, and behind the rear doors, it added generous triangular, raked-forward windows. Thus, the carmaker diminished the blind spots. At the back, the squared taillights were wide, thus reducing the trunk's opening.

The cabin was quite roomy for a car of this size. Thanks to the change toward a front-wheel-drive platform, there was less intrusion in the cabin from the engine and gearbox. That allowed the carmaker to push the front seats forward, leading to more legroom for the rear-seat passengers. At the back, the split-folding bench proved to be useful for loading long items or bulkier luggage.

Under the hood, Volvo installed a wide range of engines, either supplied by Renault or built in-house. They were paired to a standard 5-speed manual gearbox. A four-speed automatic transmission was offered as an option, while Volvo developed and installed a CVT on later versions.

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VOLVO 440 1988 - 1993
  9 gasoline engines
  • 1.6i 5MT (83 HP)
  • 1.7L 5 MT (102 HP)
  • 1.7L 5MT (106 HP)
  • 1.7L 5MT (79 HP)
  • 1.7L 5MT (87 HP)
  • 1.7L 5MT (95 HP)
  • 1.7L Turbo 5MT (120 HP)
  • 1.8i 5MT (90 HP)
  • 2.0i 5MT (110 HP)

VOLVO 440 1.6i 5MT (83 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6i 5MT (83 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1596 cm3
Power
61 KW @ 5500 RPM
83 HP @ 5500 RPM
82 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
92 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
125 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
105.6 mph (170 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/65TR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
169.68 in (4310 mm)
Width
66.53 in (1690 mm)
Height
55.11 in (1400 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.9/56.29 in (1,420/1,430 mm)
Wheelbase
98.42 in (2500 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.4 cuFT (379 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2164.9 lbs (982 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3329 lbs (1510 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
30.9 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)

VOLVO 440 1.7L 5 MT (102 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.7L 5 MT (102 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1721 cm3
Power
75 KW @ 5600 RPM
102 HP @ 5600 RPM
101 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
105 lb-ft @ 3900 RPM
142 Nm @ 3900 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
111.8 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/65TR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
169.68 in (4310 mm)
Width
66.53 in (1690 mm)
Height
55.11 in (1400 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.9/56.29 in (1,420/1,430 mm)
Wheelbase
98.42 in (2500 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.4 cuFT (379 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2202.4 lbs (999 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3483.3 lbs (1580 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
30.2 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)

VOLVO 440 1.7L 5MT (106 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.7L 5MT (106 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1721 cm3
Power
78 KW @ 5800 RPM
106 HP @ 5800 RPM
105 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
103 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
140 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/65TR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
169.68 in (4310 mm)
Width
66.53 in (1690 mm)
Height
55.11 in (1400 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.9/56.29 in (1,420/1,430 mm)
Wheelbase
98.42 in (2500 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.4 cuFT (379 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2226.7 lbs (1010 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3373.1 lbs (1530 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
28.3 mpg US (8.3 L/100Km)

VOLVO 440 1.7L 5MT (79 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.7L 5MT (79 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1721 cm3
Power
58 KW @ 5000 RPM
79 HP @ 5000 RPM
78 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
94 lb-ft @ 3300 RPM
128 Nm @ 3300 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
105.6 mph (170 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70TR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
169.68 in (4310 mm)
Width
66.53 in (1690 mm)
Height
55.11 in (1400 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.9/56.29 in (1,420/1,430 mm)
Wheelbase
98.42 in (2500 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.4 cuFT (379 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2127.5 lbs (965 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3329 lbs (1510 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
31.4 mpg US (7.5 L/100Km)

VOLVO 440 1.7L 5MT (87 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.7L 5MT (87 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1721 cm3
Power
64 KW @ 5700 RPM
87 HP @ 5700 RPM
86 BHP @ 5700 RPM
Torque
96 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM
130 Nm @ 3600 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
108.7 mph (175 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70TR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
169.68 in (4310 mm)
Width
66.53 in (1690 mm)
Height
55.11 in (1400 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.9/56.29 in (1,420/1,430 mm)
Wheelbase
98.42 in (2500 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.4 cuFT (379 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2189.2 lbs (993 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3483.3 lbs (1580 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)

VOLVO 440 1.7L 5MT (95 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.7L 5MT (95 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1721 cm3
Power
70 KW @ 5400 RPM
95 HP @ 5400 RPM
94 BHP @ 5400 RPM
Torque
103 lb-ft @ 4100 RPM
140 Nm @ 4100 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
111.8 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/65TR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
169.68 in (4310 mm)
Width
66.53 in (1690 mm)
Height
55.11 in (1400 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.9/56.29 in (1,420/1,430 mm)
Wheelbase
98.42 in (2500 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.4 cuFT (379 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2239.9 lbs (1016 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3373.1 lbs (1530 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)

VOLVO 440 1.7L Turbo 5MT (120 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.7L Turbo 5MT (120 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1721 cm3
Power
88 KW @ 5500 RPM
120 HP @ 5500 RPM
118 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
129 lb-ft @ 3300 RPM
175 Nm @ 3300 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124.3 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60HR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
169.68 in (4310 mm)
Width
66.53 in (1690 mm)
Height
55.11 in (1400 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.9/56.29 in (1,420/1,430 mm)
Wheelbase
98.42 in (2500 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.4 cuFT (379 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2303.8 lbs (1045 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3483.3 lbs (1580 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)

VOLVO 440 1.8i 5MT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8i 5MT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1794 cm3
Power
66 KW @ 5400 RPM
90 HP @ 5400 RPM
89 BHP @ 5400 RPM
Torque
103 lb-ft @ 3300 RPM
140 Nm @ 3300 RPM
Fuel System
Monopoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
108.7 mph (175 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
165/70TR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
169.68 in (4310 mm)
Width
66.53 in (1690 mm)
Height
55.11 in (1400 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.9/56.29 in (1,420/1,430 mm)
Wheelbase
98.42 in (2500 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.4 cuFT (379 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2189.2 lbs (993 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3483.3 lbs (1580 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
29.8 mpg US (7.9 L/100Km)

VOLVO 440 2.0i 5MT (110 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0i 5MT (110 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
81 KW @ 5500 RPM
110 HP @ 5500 RPM
109 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
122 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
165 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/65TR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
169.68 in (4310 mm)
Width
66.53 in (1690 mm)
Height
55.11 in (1400 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.9/56.29 in (1,420/1,430 mm)
Wheelbase
98.42 in (2500 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.4 cuFT (379 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2222.3 lbs (1008 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3483.3 lbs (1580 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
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