2001 Volvo V40

  • 2001 Volvo V40 Base Wagon

    Base Wagon

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      1.9L I4
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2001 Volvo V40 Review

Delivers a competent ride, great fuel economy, excellent driver/passenger protection, and all at a reasonable cost.

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The 2001 Volvo V40 was first introduced in 1995 and right on the heels of its U.S. debut in 2000, Volvo completely updated the 40 Series. It enhanced the engine management, direct fuel injection, added extra safety features, larger brake discs, new front suspension/steering, revised rear suspension, added larger tires, and a widened the track width. Additionally, it received some larger headlights, bigger rear light bundles as well as minor instrumentation changes and a re-design of the fascia for a more upscale appearance.

The Range

Body Styles: wagon
Engines: 1.9-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Volvo V40, Volvo V40 SE

What's New

The 2001 Volvo V40 offers additional crash protection in the form of standard head-protection airbags and dual-stage front airbags with a new child seat-safety system. A new five-speed automatic transmission takes the place of the previous four-speed, while beneath the hood, there have been some engine improvements intended to increase engine power while lowering emissions. Some of the other mentionable changes can be found inside the cabin: new material colors, a redesigned center console for better functionality, more durable front-seat materials and improved switchgear. It also restyled rear fenders, bumpers, and headlamps.


In terms of its direct competition, the exterior length of the 2001 Volvo V40 comes in at about two inches longer than the BMW 325i wagon and a full half-foot shorter than Volkswagen’s Passat for a grand total of 177.8 inches. Its wheelbase grew by an inch with its new front bumper design pushing it another 2.4 inches still. Noticeable from far-off, it retained its trademark boxy design in spite these minor exterior alterations.


The 2001 Volvo V40 offer a pleasing blend of quality and value, offering comfortable leather and cloth bucket seating mixed with an array of interior materials. The center console is redesigned with controls that are easier to reach, more stylishly realized, and overall better in terms of ergonomic functionality. Ample onboard features abound across both base and SE trims including cruise control, AC, front/rear cabin reading lights, power doors/windows, and a seven-speaker AM/FM stereo system with a CD changer. A sunroof is optional.

Performance & Handling

Both trims of the 2001 Volvo V40 come equipped with a turbocharged, 160-horsepower, 1.9-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 170 lb-ft of torque, which is a higher rating than last time. The transmission isn’t quite as aggressive as reviewers would have hoped, while the acceleration rate from a standstill doesn’t really show its muscle until a higher RPM is reached. .


Standard safety features are the 2001 Volvo V40’s best-selling point. It's installed with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front/rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, front/rear driver/passenger head restraints with whiplash protection, child seat anchors, and an anti-theft alarm system.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volvo V40: 20/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Impressive safety features
  • Upscale interior cabin
  • Very affordable purchase
  • Good fuel economy

You Won't Like

  • No manual transmission
  • Tacked on amenities can drive up the sticker price

Sum Up

Delivers a competent ride, great fuel economy, excellent driver/passenger protection, and all at a reasonable cost.

If You Like This Vehicle

Delivers a competent ride, great fuel economy, excellent driver/passenger protection, and all at a reasonable cost.


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