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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

    Parm Dhanoa Date: 13/10/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    When buying in February this year, I had a choice between this and the new Seat Leon (well everybody has the Golf, and this looked better). They both looked a bit different, and offered the economy i needed for the mileage i do; approx 25k pa.

    I chose this because i really like the interior. It is one of the most pleasant, light and airy cabins i have ever sat in. Equipment levels are superb, inc leather seats, winter pack, climate control, cruise control, 6cd changer and xenon headlights.

    The straight line speed is very quick in the 2.0, and handling is decent, if not inspiring.

    And that is where the car ever so slightly falls down. You don't get excited by anything. I have driven plenty of other cars, but there is a reason the Volvo doesn't challenge the leaders of the pack- namely BMW 3 series. Its nice to look at, good to drive, but all comfortably average.

    But i can't leave this without a special mention to the most comfortable seats i have ever sat in. And the stereo is fantastic too.

  • 1.8 SE 4dr

    Farid Bagirli , South Yorkshire . Date: 22/09/2006
    • 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

    Really nice car to drive, i've got 2004 1.8 se volvo. To be honest i was impresed. Never liked volvo's before,but when i seen new s40, i loved it. I traded in my 2003 3 series BMW for it, and i dont feel sorry at all.S40 its nice stylish well built car. Very safe, highly equiped. Had only little problems with headlights washer, but frendly volvo dealers sorted it out for me. Runnig cost, not bad. I do most town driving,and it does about 34mpg.

    I think it one of best cars on market to buy. I paid only £13000 for 54 plate s40se model and with only 9000 miles on clock.

  • 2.0D SE Euro III 4dr

    W Gregory Date: 08/08/2006
    • Overall verdict
      1 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

    I drove this 2.0-litre diesel version as a company car, probably doing about 40,000 miles in a year.

    I got one of these in January and had lots of problems - all electrical. The footlight light stays on, the windows go up and down randomly when the remote is used, but worst of all is that a warning light saying the engine management system needs a service required is nearly always on.

    The dealer claims to have downloaded new software, but it is never cured for more than a week. This seems connected with an engine problem - it surges and feels full of flat spots. It really is not what I'd expected.

  • 2.0D SE 4dr

    mark darke , surrey . Date: 28/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My one and only gripe with this car is the abysmal fuel consumption. I have had the car just under one month now, and have used £110 worth of diesel.

    As the car is used primarily for urban use, I was expecting it to return around 37mpg (Volvo figures). On one occasion I managed to empty three-quarters of a tank in 170 miles.

    I'm so fed up to the back teeth of putting fuel in the car I have asked my Volvo dealer to change the car for the 1.6 diesel instead, but I expect the usual raft of excuses.

    I do believe in being fair though, so if the dealer does decide to be nice to me, then I feel I should let everyone know, so watch this space.

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