2011 Volvo S40

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Volvo S40. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    227-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed automatic w/auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Rich feel
  • Nimble
  • Relative interior space
  • Safety features galore
  • Blind spot warning system optional
  • Large trunk opening

The Bad

  • Backseat a bit tight
  • Side-impact crash test could be better

Notable Features of the 2011 Volvo S40

  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Less powerful &quot
  • i&quot
  • version dropped
  • All-wheel-drive version discontinued
  • Manual transmission discontinued

2011 Volvo S40 Overview

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Vehicle Overview

Volvo's smallest sedan, the compact S40, comes in T5 and T5 R-Design trim levels. Competitors include the Saab 9-3 and Audi A4. The less-powerful "i" version has been dropped for 2011, so the only engine is the 227-horsepower inline-five-cylinder engine of the T5 models.

New for 2011
All-wheel drive and manual transmissions are notable deletions for 2011. Volvo also makes some options standalone, such as rear park assist and Keyless Drive, so you don't have to buy a bundle of options to get them. 

Exterior
Little has changed on the outside since the 2009 redesign, but Volvo says the 2011 models will get a larger Volvo logo on the grille. Exterior features include:

  • Standard integrated turn signals
  • Standard fog lights
  • Standard power-operated and heated side mirrors
  • Standard 17-inch wheels
  • Optional power glass moonroof
  • Optional 18-inch wheels
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights with articulating headlamps

Interior
The standard upholstery in the five-occupant interior has a slightly coarse, woven feel that's said to be inspired by sportswear. Leather upholstery is available. T5 R-Design trims come with unique aluminum sport pedals, a sport shift knob and a sport steering wheel. Interior features include:

  • Standard locks and windows with express down/up
  • Standard eight-speaker sound system with six-disc in-dash CD player
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood
Only one engine is available for 2011, and Volvo has dropped man...

Vehicle Overview

Volvo's smallest sedan, the compact S40, comes in T5 and T5 R-Design trim levels. Competitors include the Saab 9-3 and Audi A4. The less-powerful "i" version has been dropped for 2011, so the only engine is the 227-horsepower inline-five-cylinder engine of the T5 models.

New for 2011
All-wheel drive and manual transmissions are notable deletions for 2011. Volvo also makes some options standalone, such as rear park assist and Keyless Drive, so you don't have to buy a bundle of options to get them. 

Exterior
Little has changed on the outside since the 2009 redesign, but Volvo says the 2011 models will get a larger Volvo logo on the grille. Exterior features include:

  • Standard integrated turn signals
  • Standard fog lights
  • Standard power-operated and heated side mirrors
  • Standard 17-inch wheels
  • Optional power glass moonroof
  • Optional 18-inch wheels
  • Optional bi-xenon headlights with articulating headlamps

Interior
The standard upholstery in the five-occupant interior has a slightly coarse, woven feel that's said to be inspired by sportswear. Leather upholstery is available. T5 R-Design trims come with unique aluminum sport pedals, a sport shift knob and a sport steering wheel. Interior features include:

  • Standard locks and windows with express down/up
  • Standard eight-speaker sound system with six-disc in-dash CD player
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood
Only one engine is available for 2011, and Volvo has dropped manual transmissions from the S40 line. Drivers do have the option of shifting gears through the automatic transmission. All-wheel drive has also been dropped from the S40. Mechanical features include:

  • 227-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder with 236 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Optional keyless start

Safety
Volvos are known for their safety, and the S40 is no different. The car has a long list of standard safety features, including automatic hazard warning lights that turn on when the airbags deploy.

Other safety features include:

  • Standard front, side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard antilock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution
  • Standard electronic stability system and traction control
  • Standard security system
  • Optional blind spot warning system

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

No issues, super solid, safe car

by marmi12 from washington, dc on August 6, 2018

We've had no issues with the car since we bought it. First car I've bought where I didn't have issues and I've owned many! The car is heavy and safe. You feel like you are driving a high quality car. ... Read full review

(5.0)

Another great Swede design

by A car is an appliance from Long Island, NY on June 26, 2012

My prior car was a SAAB 9-5. It never gave me a problem or left me stranded. After 10-years and over 100k miles, it was time to get something new. The Volvo S40 is very similar to the SAAB 9-3 (just a ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Volvo S40 currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Volvo S40 T5

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
marginal
Overall Side
acceptable
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Volvo

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services, Carfax vehicle history report and rental car

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years/100,000 miles; no deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 130 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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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