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3 out of 5 stars

For Handsome looking saloon, beautifully finished inside and out and fun to drive

Against Neither the rear seats nor the boot are very roomy and the ride can be too firm

Verdict A massive improvement over its predecessor and an impressive small executive saloon

Go for… 1.8 S

Avoid… 2.5 T5 Sport

Volvo S40 Saloon
  • 1. Among the recalls was one concerning the possibility of a fuel leak
  • 2. Five-cylinder petrol automatics should have had a free electronic control upgrade to improve the gearchange and fuel economy
  • 3. Thanks to its 'floating' centre console, the S40 has one of the most stylish interiors of any car
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