Out go the S, Si, GLT and CD packs which ranged in price from £1,280 to £3,910 and these are replaced by LE and GS levels of trim. Engine options remain the same with a 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 litre petrol engine alongside a 1.9 litre turbodiesel. The rationalisation move paves the way for the arrival of the new S40 and V40 cars.
The LE cars feature metallic paint, colour keyed bumpers and alloy wheels. The interior gets new velour upholstery, a six speaker stereo with RDS, split rear back seats and height adjustable front seats. The GS models come with more sporty looking alloy wheels, metallic paint and a rear spoiler with interior trim including leather seat facings and air conditioning (petrol models only) as standard.
Volvo calculates that the LE buyer gets £905 worth of equipment for £425 while the GS buyer gets £2,290 worth of equipment for £1,425. Prices now are: LE 1.6, £11,995; LE 1.8, £12,295; LE 2.0, £12,795; LE 1.9 TD, £12,795; GS 1.6, £12,995; GS 1.8, £13,295; GS 2.0, £13,795; GS 1.9 TD, £13,795.