We use cookies on whatcar.com to improve your browsing experience and to provide you with relevant content and advertising, by continuing to use our site you agree to this. Please see our privacy policy for more details. Continue

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

Own or drive this car?

Submit your own review here
51 reader reviews for Volvo S40 Saloon.
  • 1.6D S 4dr

    Alex Mclellan , Lancashire . Date: 02/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car, 56 reg 2007 model for nearly 5 months and am hugely dissapointed with it. I bought the car as i liked the look of it, and having previously had 3 VW golfs, it seemed like you get a lot more for your money with the Volvo.

    How right i was, except alot more in the way of problems. The car has been back to the dealer 3 times now, as it keeps losing all power, usually when i'm on the motorway, and is highly dangerous, having to coast onto the hard shoulder. Turning the ignition on and off cures the problem temporarily but it tends to happen again quite soon afterwards, or the revs are restricted and it accelerates very slowly, which isn't ideal when trying to rejoin a busy motorway.

    The first time i was told it needed a software upgrade, last week it had a new fuel pump fitted, so i'm interested see what Volvo have to say this time as it cut out on me again this morning on the way to work.

    I bought the car from Motorpoint for £10999 - they won't swap it and have offered me £8500 to trade it in for something else, so i also won't be going there again either.

    I had no trouble with my previous 3 Golfs and will be looking to return to a VW as soon as possible. The build quality and interior design and feel are vastly superior to the Volvo. The only good thing about it is the fuel economy and the seats which are very comfortable

  • 2.0D SE 4dr

    Peter Wallace , Kildare . Date: 31/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bBought a 2005 model in the summer of 2006 with 27,000 miles. This is my fourth S40 (and first new model), but it has been by far the most troublesome.

    The 10-disc CD player has packed it in and Volvo will not entertain me as it was six months past the two-year warranty (they said they go a lot - despite a 400 Euro price).

    I have considerable trouble removing punctured wheels due to the wheels being rusted or seized onto the hub. A stud came off one wheel hub and it cost 200 Euros to replace the whole hub.

    Finally the engine rarely starts first go, but will always start on the second go. A local Volvo garage tried to fix it but failed.

    My next car will not be a Volvo, I am afraid, although the car is comfortable to drive and has a good specification.

  • 2.5 T5 SE Sport 4dr

    Patrick Hunter , Victoria . Date: 19/02/2008
    • 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 have owned this car for just under a year now and have so far found it absolutely superb. For the power output (220hp), fuel economy is not terrible, and I average about 10.5l per 100km. This figure drops below 6l per 100km on the freeway however, as the car is geared to do 1800rpm in 6th at 100km/h. Performance is excellent, and with my fwd version, I even beat a Holden SS commodore (big aussie V8 saloon) out of the lights once. The engine sounds fantastic too. There are no squeaks or rattles in the cabin or out of it and an initial tyre-noise problem was curbed with a new set of Yokahama Decibel tyres, which also improved road-holding. The car has now done 50,000km and only the leather gearstick sleeve has cracked, which was replaced under warranty. I will derinately by another Volvo after I am through with this one.

  • 2.4i S 4dr

    Gerry McCarthy , Warwickshire . Date: 18/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My S40 2.4S manual is Sept'04 registered and I am delighted with it. It appears not to have any of the problems readers have commonly experienced with the Range - but I only cover 8000 m.p.annum.

    The paint work is durable and is easily kept sharp and attractive. I bought the car in full knowledge of boot dimensions and rear seat room and I like the power of the 2.4+ engine - hence I'm not all that worried about lower than 'advised' fuel consumption.

    Service costs are in the region of £275/300 and Insurance costs are reasonable.

    So, can anyone complete this dream picture by advising me - and Volvo Bert at the garage - why my rear brakes sound like a lion roaring when reversing. Bert has had five attemps at fixing it - telling me the last time that... 'its just that the bits are all close together'.

Volvo S40 Saloon

Continue to prices, equipment and options »

What Car? buying help and car info

Order a brochure, find your nearest dealer or book a test drive

Haymarket Logo What Car? is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media
What Car? is part of Haymarket Motoring
© Haymarket Media Group 2014