Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2011 Volvo S40

imageDescription

When you think of Volvo, safety undoubtedly comes to mind first, and that’s exactly what the 2011 Volvo S40 is all about. Of course, it’s also comfortable, refined and features a pretty high-performing engine, to boot. You might actually be surprised at just what this four-door sedan can offer.

Key Features

There are plenty of features available with the 2011 Volvo S40. In terms of safety features alone, it’s second to none in its segment. It also features a lot of innovative interior design elements, including a floating, waterfall center console and available two-tone interior. The engine is also peppy enough to handle most driving situations, without being overpowered.

Changes for This Model Year

A few minor features were added for the 2011 model year, but the most important news is that the 2.4i model and the all-wheel drive version of the T5 R-Design model have been completely eliminated from the lineup.

What We Like

We like the fact that the engine is small, but turbocharged for additional performance. We also love the fact that Volvo always goes above and beyond when it comes to implementing safety features. Those include things like four-wheel disc brakes, ABS and full length head curtain airbags to name just a few. The front seats are also very comfortable, and they support well even on long hauls.

What Concerns Us

While we’re overall happy with the car, there are a few places that Volvo could have improved it. For instance, the premium pricing is a little high considering the fact that this isn’t really a luxury sedan (it occupies that strange middle ground between premium and standard). The handling is also not as good as it could be (and not as good as many competitors). Finally, the navigation system is difficult to use, to say the least.

Available Models

You have your choice of two trim levels with the 2011 Volvo S40. The base model is the T5 and the upgraded trim is the T5 R-Design. There is only a single engine between the two trims, though. You’ll have a 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder engine with 227 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. It can offer 21/30 mpg.

Major Recalls

There have been two major recalls issued for the 2011 Volvo S40. The first involves a crack in the passenger side engine support structure that could affect how the vehicle performs in crashes. The second involves the seat rail detection system on the passenger side, which might allow the seat to slide too far forward.

Common Issues

There are very few complaints surrounding the 2011 Volvo S40, although the engine’s power is one (it’s peppy, but not truly powerful).

imageDescription

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
The Traveler’s Guide to Driving in Malaysia
CraigBurrows / Shutterstock.com Malaysia is a popular destination for many tourists today. The country has amazing sights and attractions that you will want to explore....


Related questions

Q: I have a 06 volvo s40 t 5 awd.it is leaking antifreeze from the drivers side direcrly underneath the transmission.runs great, no

Hello, thank you for writing in.The best way to determine the cause of the leak is to locate where it is coming from. There are several cooling system components in that area including hoses and the heater core. Both components...

Q: What does it mean when a car on Craigslist says "needs timing work" what does that mean, good? Bad? Expensive? Inexpensive?

The engines for this year 4.6 and 5.4 have a camshaft phasers that go bad, and also the timing chain guides may need to be replaced. In order to repair these items on these vehicle, the camshafts would need to...

Q: Smoke from exhaust still after new PCV and turbo

Hi there, thanks for writing in. I am sure that you have driven your car far enough (since repairs) to rule out residual oil in the exhaust system. The P0015 "cam retard" code may be a cam sensor, oil control...