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Overall reader verdict 4 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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17 reader reviews for Volvo V40 Estate.
  • 2.0 T SE 5dr

    Bryan Jackson , Berkshire . Date: 20/02/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    When I was looking for a car 2 years ago I thought I knew what I wanted and that was a Jaguar X type. I had a list of requirements (Leather interior, automatic, all the toys and not to old). needless to say I struggled to achieve all that within my budget.

    I then drove into my local Volvo dealer and they showed me the V40, it had everything I wanted and more, including SatNav and Cruise control but strangly no front cup holder! The price was right, the age was right and I didn't have to compromise.

    I have had 2 years trouble free motoring dispite the odd dashboard light having a mind of it's own. The servicing costs are a bit high (£600 for my last one) but staff are keen and I was treated well.

    I have no plans to change my V40 as I've just bought my wife a Mercedes a class but when the time comes the first port of call will be the Volvo dealer.

    one final word - safety.

  • T4 SE 5dr

    Mark Lee , Co. Durham . Date: 24/01/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Owned a 2000 model from new and I have to say this has been the most unreliable car I have ever owned.

    The turbo broke after 25,000 miles, it has had several shock absorbers and various minor electrical glitches including engine management problems.

    The biggest 2 problems were the head gasket failing twice at 60,000 and 64,000 and the auto box blew at 74,000.

    The interior did not wear the miles well and the paint chipped excessivly. Have to say this has put me off buying Volvo ever again.

  • 2.0 T SE 5dr

    Martin Tilley Date: 24/12/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car has to be top rated for one very simple reason - safety.

    We bought a 2.0T SE from Volvo in June 2006 and had covered 60,000 relatively trouble-free miles before another driver T-boned it while my wife and two-year-old son were in it.

    The police commented that for the scale the impact, the cabin intrusion was remarkably light, resulting in minor injuries only. All the safety kit worked as it should have done.

    Well done, Volvo.

  • 1.8i Sport Lux 5dr

    Teresa Leadbetter Date: 25/08/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    When I went shopping for a car I had no idea what I wanted but had eliminated the Jeep Cherokee and Golf TDi from the list. The next dealer I approached was Volvo, said I was looking for something sporty but practical and fell in love immediately with their ex-demonstrator. Two and a half years later I still think it's a stunning looking car with the winter pack, roof rails, spoiler and black sapphire paintwork. Inside the car is well beautifully finished with cloth and leather upholstery and piano black trim. Well laid out, roomy, comfortable and versatile.

    Mechanically I've had 25000 miles of trouble free and econical motoring. Performance wise it does everything that I want- bearing in mind that I treasure my points free licence. The time has come, however, to forget about practical and go for sporty so I'm looking to replace my Volvo. I've test driven an RX-8, BMW 320 Ci, Mercedes C-class coupe and looked at a TT, Nissan 350. So far nothing has impressed and delighted me in the way my Volvo does and the dealers have been downright insulting with their part exchange offers. I may yet end up running the V40 for another few months - though that would be no great hardship!

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