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Overall reader 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
    3 out of 5 stars

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51 reader reviews for Volvo S40 Saloon.
  • 2.0D S Euro III 4dr

    Martin Tabbitt , East Yorkshire . Date: 01/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    This is a vast improvement on the previous S40 model. It's very smooth and handles well, although it's a little prone to bouncing around in high winds.

  • 2.0D SE 4dr

    Les Bryant , Essex . Date: 24/02/2006
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had my S40 since Sept 04 and have covered 53k. The car is impressive in most aspects. I always achieve mileage figures in the mid to high 40s, and achieve the low 50s regularly.

    The interior is excellent, with a good audio system.

    The down side is the number of faults I have had, the cd changer failed twice and was hanged both times, and the electronic ingnition failed completely on my drive way, so I could not even get the steering lock of.

    But my dealer Owens of Ipswich has been excellent when handling my problems.

  • 2.0D S Euro III 4dr

    Colin MacBean Date: 14/02/2006
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car new in December 2004 when I was doing a long distance commute. Fuel economy has been excellent, averaging about 50mpg, and I have also been pleased with the performance.

    I used to suffer back pain when driving long distances, but since I got the Volvo that has ceased to be a problem - the seats are truly excellent.

    My only complaint is that the engine is quite loud - there is no disguising the fact that this is a diesel.

  • 2.0D SE 4dr

    Philip Lodge , West Yorkshire . Date: 28/01/2006
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had the S40 as a company car for over six months, and done 20,000 miles. It is the first car I have ever had that has had absolutely nothing go wrong with it.

    My previous three VWs (Golfs and Passats) all had niggly faults, and you tend to get used to them, so it surprised me how faultless the Volvo has been. The 17-inch alloys kick up a lot of road noise on poor surfaces, but the handling is spot on - far better than my old Golf GTI.

    The car has a nice interior, with a good hi-fi, and on the SE model, kit level is impressive. I'm getting over 47mpg average, with up to 58mpg on a good steady motorway run. The boot opening is a little akward - it's too small. Volvo should have made it a hatchback for practicality. If there's more to life than a German badge, then this is a car to seriously consider.

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