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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact

Volvo introduced the 400 series as a replacement for the 300 lineup in the mid-'80s, and in 1993 it unveiled a facelifted version.

The 440 was a compact-sized premium vehicle, which didn't compete with anyone since it was shorter than Audi 80, BMW 3 Series, or Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which were above the compact segment in the European market.

The 440 was a five-door hatchback and was a solution for those who needed more trunk space in a smaller package and a premium feel. It also was a time when Volvo started to change its design trend from straight cut lines to curvy forms. The 1993 440 featured restyled headlights when compared to those of the 1987 version. Its front fascia resembled the Volvo 850, which Volvo launched in 1990. Behind the rear doors, the carmaker included a triangular glass area in the wide C-pillar. The 440 wasn't just like a regular hatchback since the tailgate featured a flat horizontal area behind the bottom of the rear windscreen.

Inside, the 440 still used the same square design. Volvo's designers combined the instrument cluster and the center stack into a big, square element with the air vents and the tape player. The car featured a roomy interior, despite its short length. It was good for transporting up to five adults on short distances, but four of them could fit nicely inside. When folded, the 440's rear bench expanded the trunk from 330 liters (11.6 cu-ft) up to 1,028 liters (36.3 cu-ft). A significant improvement for the car was the reinforcing steel beams inside the doors, which increased the passengers' protection during a side accident (T-bone).

Volvo offered the 440 with a choice of diesel and gasoline engines ranging between 83 hp and 120 hp.

VOLVO 440 1993 - 1996 4 Photos
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VOLVO 440 1993 - 1996
  4 gasoline engines
  • 1.6i 5MT (83 HP)
  • 1.7L Turbo 5MT (120 HP)
  • 1.8i 5MT (90 HP)
  • 2.0i 5MT (109 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 1.9L 5MT (90 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
170.86 in (4340 mm)
Width
66.53 in (1690 mm)
Height
54.72 in (1390 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)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.62
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2162.7 lbs (981 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3483.3 lbs (1580 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
30.9 mpg US (7.6 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 @ 5000 RPM
120 HP @ 5000 RPM
118 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
129 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM
175 Nm @ 2400 RPM
Fuel System
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
185/55HR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
170.86 in (4340 mm)
Width
66.53 in (1690 mm)
Height
54.72 in (1390 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)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.62
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2306 lbs (1046 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 @ 5600 RPM
90 HP @ 5600 RPM
89 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
103 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
140 Nm @ 2500 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
175/65TR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
170.86 in (4340 mm)
Width
66.53 in (1690 mm)
Height
54.72 in (1390 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)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.62
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2164.9 lbs (982 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3483.3 lbs (1580 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
30.9 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)

VOLVO 440 2.0i 5MT (109 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0i 5MT (109 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
80 KW @ 5200 RPM
109 HP @ 5200 RPM
107 BHP @ 5200 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
170.86 in (4340 mm)
Width
66.53 in (1690 mm)
Height
54.72 in (1390 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
14.3 cuFT (405 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.62
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2184.8 lbs (991 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3483.3 lbs (1580 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)

VOLVO 440 1.9L 5MT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L 5MT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1870 cm3
Power
66 KW @ 4500 RPM
90 HP @ 4500 RPM
89 BHP @ 4500 RPM
Torque
133 lb-ft @ 2200 RPM
180 Nm @ 2200 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
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)
11.5 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
170.86 in (4340 mm)
Width
66.53 in (1690 mm)
Height
54.72 in (1390 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)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.62
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2277.4 lbs (1033 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3483.3 lbs (1580 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
42.8 mpg US (5.5 L/100Km)
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