2001 Volvo S40 Reviews - Page 9 of 9

2001 Volvo S40 2.0 SE 2.0 140bhp from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 140bhp Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40 kilometres
Most recent distance18000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord


An average performer


Rattle at tailgate when just got the car, but fixed by dealer after a couple of visits.

Driver window rattle, it is still being looked into by the dealer.

General Comments:

The shape of the car is classy, modern, but not really sporty, even with the rear spoiler. The plastic moldings are not painted on my model, so they look a bit bland. Apart from that, the car looks good.

The interior is comfortable with beige leather seats, arm rest, and door trims. The SE pack I got also added woodgrain trim on the doors and the gearbox surround. The seats are very very comfortable, especially on long trips. However, the cabin is a bit cramped to fit people in. The rear passenger has limited knee room and leg room, while the driver and front passenger gets all the comfy stuff.

Performance-wise, it's no fire breather. It's only adequate to commute around town, with only 100kw (about 140hp) and 190nm, it's hardly powerful. The gearbox is also a bit weird. Sometimes keen on kick-downs, but when you go around the same corner at other times, it gets lazy and sluggish.

The manual is much better with a better shift feel and ease to shift, however I am the only one in the family who can drive a manual... and it's the family car.

When cornering, the turn-in is satisfactory, the response is good. But when you really push on, there is a bit of under-steer, but not bad enough to spoil the drive. The front-end does not grip as well as the '94 Accord I used to have, but the rear end is much more predictable. And with a timed jab on the brakes, you can get over-steer!!

Overall, the car is good for those who are just commuting around town, and sometimes want to go around corner a bit quicker. It's better as the driver's own car, than a family car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2002

2001 Volvo S40 T4 SE 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance21500 miles
Previous carVolkswagen GTI


Understated Motorway blaster- Luxury Wolf in Swedish Sheep clothing


Nothing whatsoever, problem free driving driving for 6 months & 5500 miles.

General Comments:

Fabulous car if you want an understated low key motorway blaster, many an embarrassed & red faced BMW, Audi & Alfa Romeo driver left wondering what on earth just hit them at the traffic lights. Stunningly fast.

Comfort & practicality - great. Deep leather seats all the SE spec to be expected.

Easy & light to drive.

A real motorway distance runner- perfect motorway blaster.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2002

17th Aug 2003, 15:16

Well, Performance is really good - yes it IS a quick car - comfort - is a point I would dispute - despite the seats 'adjustability' they simply AREN'T sports seats - - fuel economy - reasonable - 31mpg driven fairly hard - all-in-all - The Jury's out - My wife has a V5 Golf - much more comfortable - but it simply doesn't have the Turbo grunt!... Hmmm VALUE, now that's hard... I like it... all in all - but I have serious misgivings about the residuals- go for a Golf R32!

29th Jul 2005, 04:54

A Golf???

A very happy S40 T4 driver.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 38 reviews