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2001 Volvo S40

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$1,322 — $5,810 USED
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5 Seats
27 MPG
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from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The compact-size S40 sedan and a companion V40 wagon arrived last year as Volvo’s new entry-level models for the United States, aimed at a younger audience than its larger, more expensive versions.

This year, the S40 gets subtle styling changes, slightly longer dimensions and curtain-type airbags as a new standard feature. The curtain airbags extend from the front roof pillar to the rear pillar and drop down from above the windows in side collisions.

Other standard safety features include side-impact airbags for the front seats, antilock brakes and Volvo’s Whiplash Protection System, which moves the front seats rearward in a collision. The federally required front airbags have two deployment levels, with lower force used in low-speed collisions.

Ford wholly owns Swedish-based Volvo. Before Ford took over, Volvo developed the S40 and V40 with Japanese automaker Mitsubishi. The car is built at a plant shared by the two manufacturers in the Netherlands.

Exterior
Volvo stretches the S40’s wheelbase nearly 1 inch this year to 101 and adds a new front bumper and more rounded fenders, increasing the overall length by 2.4 inches to 177.8. The S40 is about 6 inches shorter in wheelbase and more than 2 inches shorter overall than Volvo’s new midsize S60 sedan.

The S40 has a trademark Volvo grille with chrome vertical bars and character lines in the hood and along the sides like those on the company’s larger models.

Interior
Three-point seat belts are provided for all f...

Vehicle Overview
The compact-size S40 sedan and a companion V40 wagon arrived last year as Volvo’s new entry-level models for the United States, aimed at a younger audience than its larger, more expensive versions.

This year, the S40 gets subtle styling changes, slightly longer dimensions and curtain-type airbags as a new standard feature. The curtain airbags extend from the front roof pillar to the rear pillar and drop down from above the windows in side collisions.

Other standard safety features include side-impact airbags for the front seats, antilock brakes and Volvo’s Whiplash Protection System, which moves the front seats rearward in a collision. The federally required front airbags have two deployment levels, with lower force used in low-speed collisions.

Ford wholly owns Swedish-based Volvo. Before Ford took over, Volvo developed the S40 and V40 with Japanese automaker Mitsubishi. The car is built at a plant shared by the two manufacturers in the Netherlands.

Exterior
Volvo stretches the S40’s wheelbase nearly 1 inch this year to 101 and adds a new front bumper and more rounded fenders, increasing the overall length by 2.4 inches to 177.8. The S40 is about 6 inches shorter in wheelbase and more than 2 inches shorter overall than Volvo’s new midsize S60 sedan.

The S40 has a trademark Volvo grille with chrome vertical bars and character lines in the hood and along the sides like those on the company’s larger models.

Interior
Three-point seat belts are provided for all five seating positions in the S40, which comes with standard cloth upholstery and a 70/30 split rear seat that folds for additional cargo space. Cargo volume is listed at 13.2 cubic feet.

Interior changes this year include softer seats, a new center console and a new spot for the power window switches, moved from the console to the doors. Air conditioning, power locks and windows, cruise control, a cassette player and an immobilizer theft-deterrent system are standard. Leather upholstery and a power sunroof are optional.

Under the Hood
The only engine for the S40 is a 1.9-liter four-cylinder, hitched to a new five-speed automatic transmission instead of the four-speed automatic used previously. The engine is turbocharged and produces 160 horsepower, which Volvo says enables the S40 to reach 60 mph in 8.5 seconds.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3.9
19 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(3.8)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(3.9)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(3.8)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(5.0)

Most reliable car I have owed in my lifetime!

by Dogs1964 from Castro valley, California on August 21, 2019

This car I purchase from the Volvo dealership with one hundred and twenty six thousand miles in 2013 with only having one owner an older couple. I purchase this for a solely to use for a company car ... Read full review

(4.0)

Reliable car

by Dharam from Grayslake, IL on August 14, 2019

The car met my needs as second car. I have Lexus ES 300 for my profession. This car needs a Radiator which is available on Ebay for around $55. Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2001 Volvo S40 currently has 2 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S40 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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