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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.
  • 1.6D S 4dr

    Andrew Knowles Date: 29/03/2007
    • 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 a number of VW/Audi Group diesel cars including an Audi A4, a VW Golf and Seat models. I wanted something a little different, so I chose Volvo.

    I have purchased a one-year-old-car and the 1.6 diesel engine, sourced from Peugeot, does very well and really suits the car. It's not as swift as the 2.0D, which I also tried, but more refined. Hopefully, it'll be the right choice in terms of energy use, too.

    The cabin design, quality and equipment levels are excellent, and the ride, handling and refinement are possibly the best in the class. You can see the Volvo touches and emphasis on safe design. The car also looks good in its Barents Blue paint, to my eyes.

    My one negative comment at the moment would be about the gearchange, which is surprising for a Ford-sourced manual gearbox.

  • 1.8 S 4dr

    Ewan Colville , Fife . Date: 14/03/2007
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had this car for just under a year and am very happy with it.

    The car looks great, drives well and the build quality is excellent. I have also just had my first service, which came in at £252 (a little higher than I would have liked).

    I will certainly be looking at other Volvo models first when choosing my next car.

  • 1.8 S 4dr

    Tolis Rigas , . Date: 11/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    I have a MY2007 and I have been excited.First of all,I admire the way it looks both inside(the center console is marvelous) and outside.It is an excellent cruiser on the motorway and its handling is very good in the city as well.No external noise comes through the cabin.My only complaint is on the suspension which is noisy but the roads here in Greece have deteriorated in the last decade especially in the new suburbs where infrastrucure projects are underway.Here in Greece diesel versions are prohibited so as for the running costs it is very fuel efficient when compared to other petrol cars...My last car was an Audi A4 1.6 which was really thirsty.Volvo S40 1.8 has by far better fuel consumption although it delivers 24hps more and substantially more torque...The quality of materials used is very good and the build quality is far better,almost excellent.Finally the equipment is very good for the price of the car which is significantly lower than that of a really equivalent car,such as BMW 3.A drawback of this car is the boot space which is small as a result of the design(rear shoulders)but adequate for a small trip(I would buy the V50 if I wanted more boot space and practicality)and those in the rear may complain for the space for their heads.Rear visibility is not excellent,too.But Volvo S40 is almost a coupe and looks very sporty rather than the dull new BMW 3-series.If you have small kids it's the ideal saloon car...

  • 1.6 SE 4dr

    James Stubbings Date: 06/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Excellent car, good quality, safe ... having read all these reader reviews I decided to purchase one... it has a reassuring Clunk when the doors shut. Style is fantastic, cost a lot less than rivals but still delivers quality and style, the following points raised by readers I cannot defend.... Service is £250 not £782 utter rubbish!whoever charged that would need head looking at to pay it. The reason the key is placed on the dash is to stop it going into your leg in an accident!, The reason the windows go up when you close doors is in the Manual!,the reason the doors lock by them selves is because thats a safety feature that can be turned off. Glove box is very small, excellent leather quality (same as Saab),small boot but what do you expect. CD changer slow (compared to Astra) And I dontwork forVolvo !

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