(4.3) 6 reviews
MSRP: $4,949$14,685
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 2011 Volvo S40

Our Take

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 2011All-whee... Read Full Report

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
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  • version dropped
  • All-wheel-drive version discontinued
  • Manual transmission discontinued

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.