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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 SE 4dr

    keith taylor , north yorkshire . Date: 15/01/2008
    • 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 read with interest the reader reviews especially poor old Chris Spence. I've had my S40 2.0D SE for nearly two years now and overall I think it's a great car. The only problem I experienced was the engine seemed to hesitate at 2000 rpm. The Dealer changed an exhaust emmission control valve and the problem was sorted. After 20,000 miles my average MPG is 48.7. This is two thirds urban and the remainder motorway or A road driving. The car is fantastic for long journeys, it's quiet, very comfortable and the engine has lots of torque so you're not up and down the gears. The build quality and finish is excellent. In my opinion there is two shortcomings of this car: The service costs and the boot opening. Whoever designed the boot must have thought that people only put suitcases in it. Even if you lay the back seats down the boot aperture severely restricts what you can get in. If this was a hatchback it would be perfect.

  • 2.0D SE 4dr

    Chris spence , lancashire . Date: 29/11/2007
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having owned the car 3 months I'm very disappointed with the car as a whole. I find it boring & noisy to drive with greatly inflated performance & fuel figures as quoted by Volvo, I'm getting no where near the 50 mpg quoted; only after buying the car did I discover it had a Peugeot engine, very disappointed. Having traded a Astra 1.9 CDTI 150hp in for this car which was a fantastic car, fast, quiet & economical the quoted performance from Volvo are very similar, or so they say, this car is no where near as good as the Astra on performance & fuel economy, in all I’m very disappointed with the car and do not intend to keep it to much longer, Vauxhalls may have there faults but you do not have to take out a second mortgage to service the car.

  • 2.0D S 4dr

    keith goodwin Date: 18/11/2007
    • 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Great to drive, great road holding, but very poor dipped headlights.

    The car sometimes just cuts out - it has been to the dealers several times since new, but it still happens it after two-and-a-half years. Cruise control sometimes stops working, too, and the CD player just stopped working.

    The local dealer in Crewe is very hit and miss - the last time they never bothered to collect the car and when they did after a few days it came back with the work not done. When l asked them why, they said they were busy.

    I will not buy another.

    It's a shame, because the drive is very good.

  • 2.4i SE 4dr

    David Turner Date: 10/11/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car for over 2 years and not had a single problem with it: very good, solid build quality. The five cylinder engine is excellent - it is not the fastest in the world, but plenty powerful enough and very smooth and quiet- almost as good as a 6-pot. Economy is reasonable for an engine of this size - I get mid 30s mpg on long trips. There is too much road noise on rough surfaces, which is a pity as otherwise the car is very quiet. (The SE has 17inch alloys) Interior good apart from silly radio menu - you can't turn traffic info on/off without going through several commands, which is impossible if driving.

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