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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.
  • 2.0 SE 4dr

    FAISAL ALI , WEST YORKSHIRE . Date: 06/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is my third Volvo. I had the old face-lifted classic and now have this 2002-registered newer face-lifted version. It gives reasonable driver confidence.

    It is good to park and reverse. I have an auto, which is good through its gear changes. The interior is above average. I bought a secondhand one with chrome detailing and leather.

    These particular features make it feel and look pretty classy. I prefer my shape to the brand new S40 out. The rear passenger room is average as is other aspects of the interior. A bit plasticky in places though. The walnut detailing is nice.

    My major gripe is that the lights are always on! This makes for high running costs for fused bulbs and battery changes. They need to be changed more than normal.

    The dealership in one location was good (where we bought our Volvo). However, the dealership in the other nearer location was awful. Our first service was done well. But our second service of the car was poor. I felt that they had misled me in certain aspects of the service and its resultant highish cost. This was made further evident in my MOT. Shame.

    Besides these gripes, the Volvo has served me well. I was a little surprised it didn't come with a standard side passenger airbag. However, this proved very useful as we sometimes were forced to sit a wailing, car-seated young baby in the front passenger seat! Not enough cars out there have front passenger cut off switches!

  • 1.8 SE 4dr

    Mark O'Neill , Dublin . Date: 04/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I went for the S40 because of Volvo's reputation for safety and I liked the biggish boxy external look of the car.

    To drive, the S40 is quite good. The road holding is very good and the steering is very responsive though the gear change is not the best.

    Reversing takes a bit of getting used to due to the low front and the high boot of the car - you think you're quite close to the vehicle or wall behind you when, in fact, you have ample room.

    Inside the cabin, the dash and steering wheel looks and feels cheap, as does the cloth on the seats. The boot size is good, but the narrow opening and small boot lid limit the size of items you can put in.

    I think the ashtray is in a dangerous position. It's placed all the way down beside the handbrake, meaning to extinguish your ciggy safely, you have to completely take your eyes off the road.

    Acceleration through the gears is sluggish. For those of you who like a bit of oomph when the lights go green, forget this car - although braking at high speed is excellent.

    I'm fed up having to change the external light bulbs. I own a year 2000 model for almost two years and lost count of the amount of bulbs I've changed. So far, no engine trouble.

  • 2.0 T4 SE 4dr

    Jason Beach Date: 13/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 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

    My car

    I've been running the T4 as a company car since 2002 and the reliability has been 100% for 85,000 miles. The equipment level is very good and so is the fuel economy, averaging 37mpg, compared with the published combined 32mpg.

    The engine is not refined but powerful. However the chassis can't cope, resulting in the car suffering from poor handling. The dealer is excellent and gives first class service.

  • 2.0 CD 4dr

    Robert Cooke , lanarks. . Date: 09/12/2004
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had this car for nearly 3 yrs and it has never caused any problems until now. The main feed to the ignition switch has a very high resistance, which caused the ignition to fail - however this has been overcome by by-passing the wire for the time being.

    The car had 34,000 miles on the clock, it now has 58,000. It is a CD auto version - it has all the trimmings i.e. leather seats, wood effect trim, sun roof etc: the overall quality if the build & fittings is excellent - fuel consumption around town is about 26mpg, 33mpg on a long run.

    However, the biggest gripe is the suspension. It's ATROCIOUS. On a smooth road it's great but over bumpy town roads it's nothing but crashing and banging all the way. The car has been checked for worn suspension and everything seems to be OK - however things quieten down a bit when it's raining - probably due to water lubricating the rubber bushes.

    I could put up with a firm ride if it was at least quiet. I have asked several owners of this model and they also experience the same problem.

    I really don't know how VOLVO have managed to achieve this level of roughness considering that a previous model - the 440/460 (which my son had) had a very good ride.

    The question is, would I buy another S40 (96 -04) - I doubt it!

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