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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.
  • 1.9D 102 Sport 4dr

    Clive Baker , LEICESTERSHIRE . Date: 02/10/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Had the car from new (2002) as a company car, bought it myself 2 years later as it had proved so reliable. It was only after paying for the diesel myself that i realised how economical it was as well.. average 50mpg! even on A roads. I also find it comfortable, good looking and no the lights dont need to be always on.. you can overide that.

    All in all would recommend highly as reliable and cheap car to run .. now done 105000miles and still going strong makes a great 2nd hand buy ...so since i,m now selling?? but honestly only writing this after seeing so many poor reveiws of other cars and think the Volvo deserves praise..

  • 1.9D 90 SE 4dr

    Ian Burgess Date: 07/08/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is my second S40, the previous one being a petrol version (1.8i). I prefer the diesel. This car is always getting critisized by motoring journalists but I can recommend it as a car to 'live with'.

    My car has required a new steering rack (replaced under warranty) but otherwise has been the model of reliability. Now that it's out of warranty I take it to a Volvo specialist for servicing rather than the agent. The former is much cheaper.

    I always feel safe in my S40. Now done over 60,000 in this car from new (52 reg)and it still goes like new. Typically I get over 500 miles on a tank of derv - never had less than 43 mpg and on a run it's much more economical (50+ mpg).

    Mine has leather trim and most passangers rate it for its comfort and quietness. It has a superb stereo. Buy one second hand - you won't be disappointed.

  • 2.0 CD 4dr

    Alex Fergusson , Inverness . Date: 09/11/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought the car as a cheap but comfortable car to use for limited running around. I was very impressed with its degree of comfort, and decided to opt to use it in place of a company car.

  • 2.0T Sport 4dr

    colin slater , berkshire . Date: 20/06/2005
    • 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 my Volvo S40 T4 s automatic sport for almost two weeks now. It is the turbo, 200bhp version, and I moved up from a Renault 1.8 manual - What a shock! What a difference, and quality abounds. It has all leather interior and a winter pack.

    It has done 86000 miles and is X reg, year 2000. Recently I drove from Reading to Darlington, took me about 4.5 hours and did 256 miles approx; I used just under half a tank of fuel, just under 7 gals - my Renault used more fuel than that.

    I was comfortable, very quiet in the car, and kept cool by the AC, which is very good.

    My only gripes are lack of boot space, length, single CD player, no sun roof and the handbook tells you very little, or explains much.

    Performance? off the shovel springs to mind, mind blowing, motorway mpg, 40mpg, even with blasts up to 110mph, using the turbo, even at those speeds wind noise and road noise, non existant, but keep the windows shut. A motorway cruiser, without a doubt, and all S70 estates, forget them, slow in comparison, only competition I met were Subaru Impreza, and almost on equal terms, so no shame at all, even for a Volvo, an excellent car, and proud to own.

    Saying that, no repair costs, so cannot comment on that part, or service costs, so maybe a shock to come.

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