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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 Lux 4dr

    Ex Volvo Fan , Gauteng . Date: 28/09/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought a S40 2.0 diesel in June 2006.

    Since then it has spent in excess of 127 days (four months) on the Volvo dealership workshop floor and it still hasn't been repaired.

    It has had three new fuel lines, two injector pumps, one set of injectors, a new fuel cap, two EGR (ECR) valves, several software upgrades and who knows what parts they want to fit this time!

    Still Volvo and Volvo SA are unable to solve the excessive diesel smoke from the exhaust, the intermittent starting problems (some days it starts, some it doesn't), the air bubbles in the fuel line, the high fuel consumption, the cutting out when there is fuel in the tank, and the buzzing noise from the engine when ingnition is on.

    The car has been towed three times to the dealer, and I have had to call Volvo assist five times.

    When the car runs it's not bad, but this is without doubt the worst car I have ever bought.

    If I could, I would burn it!

  • 1.8 Sport 4dr

    Alex De Val Date: 31/07/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Purchased my first Volvo in Jan 07 after leaving a company car scheme and wanted something "a bit different" to the normal small compact executive / family car fair but with a prestige badge.

    The good bits - After 18,000 miles the car has performed very well, with no faults, and is very comfortable. Its very stylish to look at both inside and out, and equipment & safety levels are high - the Audio system is excellent. I'm 6ft 5 and even with the optional sunroof space is good (except for the rear passenger behind me!). Fit & finish is also of a high standard and its very quiet - even at speed - with the larger alloys that are standard on the Sport model.

    The bad bits - servicing is very expensive (about £400 basic a time)for what is, mechanically, almost identical to a Ford Focus. The boot opening and front door pockets are too small, and MPG is only around 35 average - well below the brochure figures. The car is also very heavy with all the safety bits which blunts the 1.8 petrols performance. Be very careful with the 18" alloys as these are very easy to scuff.

    Would I have another one? Not a petrol - go for the Diesel - with its superb looks, drive-a-bility, solid build and equipment & safety features, the S40 is streets ahead of the tank like Volvo's of old. If only the running costs were a bit more reasonable.................

  • 1.8 Sport 4dr

    john bremner Date: 20/07/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    In September 2006 I purchased a new Volvo S40 1.8 Sport after being told this was one of the "new Volvos" and that Volvo were trying hard to change their image and were now attracting younger drivers.

    The car looked really good in red and did look quite sporty. However, after owning it for a couple of months I was very disappointed with it. I found it to be very high geared and it was a very bland car to drive, not very sporty at all.

    I also found the build quality a bit poor and to be honest the car was totally over-rated and over-priced at £18,650. I feel you can get a far better car for less money.

    I have now traded it in at a loss for another Mazda 6, which is still a great driver's car and has better build quality.

  • 1.8 SE 4dr

    Tony Thelwell , Cheshire . Date: 11/07/2007
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had the car two years, three months and it is brilliant to drive, feeling very solid and safe. It is very comfortable even with four passengers and goes like a dream when driving down to London to see my son.

    Servicing is very expensive, although you have the option of having it serviced away from the Volvo dealership.

    I am disappointed in front tyre wear. The tyres are now getting close to the mark after only 17K miles. Mpg is pretty well as claimed but if I were to have another petrol engined one I might be tempted by the 2.0 litre model to hopefully gain better acceleration.

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