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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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21 reader reviews for Volvo S40 Saloon.
  • 1.8 S 4dr

    Roger Gould Date: 17/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car (2001 1.8s) since February 2004 and have completed 34,000 in it. It had 58,000 on the clock when I bought it and it has now completed 92,000. In this time, the only minor problem was the engine management light came on for no reason. Had this reset, as the car was running far too sweetly for anything to be wrong. No problem since.

    The only things that have had to be replaced are the tyres, and all 4 brake discs (the front just done at last service). No bulbs have needed replacing, as I do not run with the lights on all the time.

    I have it serviced in line with the the service intervals, at a local Volvo specialist garage (not the main dealer) and this costs between £100.00 and £150 depending on what needs doing.

    I had the cam belt and tensioner changed at 90,000 with a Volvo original item at a cost of £185.00. Very reasonable, when they only need doing every 90,000.

    The car is safe, very reliable, comfortable, and returns about 36 mpg. I think it looks great, and feel really confident when transporting my family around in it.

    I cannot understand the negative comments this car has received. As far as I am concerned, I have been highly delighted and would recommend it to anyone looking for a decent sized car but do not want it to spend it's life in the garage.

  • 2.0 T4 SE 4dr

    Chris Jacob Date: 11/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Have owned the Volvo for just over two months now, and still haven't quite made my mind up. It looks great, blackberry black with black leather, walnut dash and brilliant alloys.. but the overall experience isn't that breath-taking. Very quick in a straight line, but the handling is supremely poor. Average mpg is about 27.5, although on a recent trip up to York the fuel consumption was excellent. Interior is great. Overall - not bad, although I'm thinking of a change already!

  • 2.0T CD 4dr

    Des McLaughlin Date: 07/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Have owned this for nearly 5 yrs now, and has gone from a £9000 car to app £1200. Frightening.... First the good points, there aren't many. I have the top of the range, with cruise, which is great, aircon, so-so, not very cool and has needed recharging twice, and leather seats, great for the driver but not for passengers, especially little ones. The car returns 27mpg, which is poor, although will do 450 miles a tank on motorway runs. The engine developed an oil leak and as it has a silicon gasket, is very difficult to repair. Subsequently, BHP is now closer to 100 than the 160 it used to have. just as well as this is a car you cannot throw around, as it has the sloppiest ride ever. Im an advanced driver, and can only put my foot down when in a straight line, it takes bends like a pram. Little ones in the rear slide around on the seats because of the body roll, even at 60 on motorways. There are so many knocks and groans from the suspension at low speed, thank goodness for the excellent stereo. You feel every pothole, concrete ridge and stone on the road. Interior trim is good, but exterior trim falls off too readily. Tyre wear is high, but surprisingly brake wear isn't. Boot is a strange shape, too high a sill, too low at the top. Why didn't they do this in hatchback.... I doubt that I will ever buy a Volvo again. Dont be fooled by looks and equipment, this is a very poor ride, and will disappoint any real drivers.

  • 1.9D 115 SE 4dr

    Ian Burgess Date: 30/01/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is an update of my August review. I have now sold WX52YDE - a faithful servant. Whoever buys it will get a really good vehicle. Just needs a cambelt change on the next service. These cars are underestimated by the motoring press and the Trade. I found the running costs at the Volvo agent quite heavy but much more reasonable from a Volvo specialist (Elite in Bristol are excellent). I looked at the new S40 but it just didn't excite me when I drove it - so it became a choice between an Alfa (159/GT) and an Audi (A3/A4). My head won - now driving an Audi A4 2.0 TDI - if it's as reliable as the Volvo I'll be very satisfied.

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