2001 Volvo V40

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of the 2001 Volvo V40. Base trim shown.

2001 Volvo V40 Overview

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

This year, Volvo gives the V40 and S40 slightly longer dimensions and curtain-type airbags as a new standard feature. The side curtains 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 owns Sweden-based Volvo, but Volvo developed the front-drive S40 and V40 jointly with Japanese automaker Mitsubishi before Ford arrived. The cars are built at a plant in the Netherlands that Volvo and Mitsubishi share.

Exterior
The wheelbase grows nearly 1 inch this year to 101, and the V40 wears a new front bumper, increasing the overall length by 2.4 inches to 177.8. The fenders are wider to accommodate a wider track (the width between the front wheels).

The V40 is about 2 inches longer than the BMW 325i wagon and about 6 inches shorter than the Volkswagen Passat wagon.

Interior
Three-point seat belts are provided for all five seating positions in the V40, which comes with standard cloth upholstery and a 70/30-spli...
Vehicle Overview
The compact V40 wagon and companion S40 sedan arrived last year as Volvo’s new entry-level models for the United States, aimed at a younger audience than the larger, more expensive models in the lineup.

This year, Volvo gives the V40 and S40 slightly longer dimensions and curtain-type airbags as a new standard feature. The side curtains 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 owns Sweden-based Volvo, but Volvo developed the front-drive S40 and V40 jointly with Japanese automaker Mitsubishi before Ford arrived. The cars are built at a plant in the Netherlands that Volvo and Mitsubishi share.

Exterior
The wheelbase grows nearly 1 inch this year to 101, and the V40 wears a new front bumper, increasing the overall length by 2.4 inches to 177.8. The fenders are wider to accommodate a wider track (the width between the front wheels).

The V40 is about 2 inches longer than the BMW 325i wagon and about 6 inches shorter than the Volkswagen Passat wagon.

Interior
Three-point seat belts are provided for all five seating positions in the V40, which comes with standard cloth upholstery and a 70/30-split, folding rear seat. Narrow rear doors make it difficult for adults to gracefully enter and exit the rear seat. Cargo volume is 30 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 61 cubic feet with both sides of the rear seat folded.

Switches for the power windows and mirrors move from the center console to the driver’s door this year, and the console has a new design with more storage. The interior color scheme switches from last year’s silver gray to two-tone taupe. Air conditioning, power locks and windows, cruise control, a cassette player and an immobilizing theft-deterrent system are standard. Leather upholstery and a power sunroof are optional.

Under the Hood
The only engine for the V40 is a turbocharged 1.9-liter four-cylinder that teams with a new five-speed automatic transmission. The V40 came with a four-speed automatic last year.

 
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Great car - great dearlership -

by PTA mom from Tarpon springs, fl on February 11, 2014

Jack was so great in helping us get our car. He took all our needs and really worked with us to find us the best car and deal. Read full review

(4.0)

Little Tank

by Dubve from toronto, ont, Canada on February 4, 2009

Used for commuting, bought auto used 2 years ago. No major issues as yet, handles and feels very secure on the road. Accelleration is more than adequite with the turbo. Living in Ontaio, Canada , ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2001 Volvo V40 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 V40 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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