• (4.3) 6 reviews
  • Available Prices: $4,827–$14,483
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 25
  • Engine: 227-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/auto-manual
2011 Volvo S40

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Volvo S40

What We Don't Like

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

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 Reviews

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


Average based on 6 reviews

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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 ... Read Full Review

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2011 Volvo S40 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo S40 T5

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front
Roof Strength

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volvo S40 T5

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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