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2011 Volvo S40

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

176.2” x 57.2”


Front-wheel drive



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

2 trims

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Notable features

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

2011 Volvo S40 review: Our expert's take

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. 

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

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

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


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.6
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Most recent consumer reviews


Very reliable, safest car on the road.

Dependable and safe...great car, solidly built, smooth ride, nice power in the T5 engine. Has USB hook up, comfortable seating, lumbar for back on drivers seat. Back seats fold down for storage.


Almost Brand New

With only 13,000 miles, the car looks and drives like it is a brand new car. Both the exterior and interior are in excellent condition.


Safe & Reliable

This vehicle met all of my needs including personal & business use. It has been reliable & I did not have any major mechanical issues.

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Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
5 years/unlimited miles , upgradeable up to 10 years
Dealer certification required
170- plus point inspection
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