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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.
  • 1.8 SE 5dr

    D Rowe , Cheshire . Date: 21/02/2005
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The car is the V40 with a 1.8i engine (1843cc).

    I have no problems with the vehical - it does what I would expect it and many other cars to do. It gets from A-B without any fuss, safely and economically.

    It is reliable and has all the safty features Volvo design in. This car has a winter pack, sun roof, metalic paint and came with cruise and climate controls as standard. It does between 37mpg and 40mpg, depending on driving conditions but averages 38.5mpg.

    Speed is not important - it does the legal limit effortlessly and quietly. If acceleration is required then it will go (be it in lower gear) but you should not be driving it like a sports car anyway!

    Would I have another? YES - but the V50 has now taken its place.

  • 1.9 D Sport Lux 5dr

    chris law Date: 31/12/2004
    • 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

    Have owned this car (company) for just over a year now, and really can't understand why it only ever receives average reviews. I was therefore initially sceptical of this car, only 25, didn't want an "old mans car". However after testing it, with the right colour and trim that this model came with, soon forgot those initial doubts.

    I agree that when driving at speed down B roads the car is not the best, but with the sports suspension and wheels, together with very good brakes, it is quite fun for an estate car. Also, contrary to journalist reports the 115bhp engine is quite refined, especially on the motorway and is no slouch.

    The interior is top notch, save for the dash which is starting to creak a little - not helped by the state of the roads in Devon, fantastic leather seats etc etc. Faultless reliability and a great dealer. I looked at the Alfa 156, Audi A3, Volkswagon GTTDI, Honda accord and for the price nothing came close. Overall I would have no hesitation recomending this car to anybody in the market for a premium(ish) estate car.

  • 1.8 Sport 5dr

    william ross Date: 23/12/2004
    • 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

    During the time I have driven this car it has always proved to be reliable, comfortable and economical.

    In my year of ownership the car has cost me nothing apart from normal running costs.

  • Classic 1.9 D SE 5dr

    Frank Higgins , LOTHIANS . Date: 30/11/2004
    • 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

    I agree with the previous reviewer - I am constantly amazed at the criticism the V40 seems to attract from the motoring press.

    I checked out lots of different small, quality diesel estates, A4, 320, X-type, MG ZTT. For sheer value for money, when looking at equipment levels, performance, economy, safety etc, I just couldn't get anywhere near the mentioned levels in other so-called premium marques as I could in the Volvo for the price. It was £16,400 through drivethedeal.com, which encluded Sat Nav, Autochanger, cruise control, climate control,superb stereo, leather heated seats.

    Yes, I agree it's perhaps not the most engaging drive but as I also own a MGF vvc (which caters for the nipping about side of things). I appreciate what the Volvo excels at, which is on motorways, home and abroad cruising comfortably, quietly and safely with a lot of luggage.

    The car's abillity to do this cannot be overstated, the build quality is certainly a lot better than my MG's (panel fit & dash etc).

    Basically I'm looking forward to having my V40 for many more years and many more trips abroad with it.

    Great car if you look beyond the press clippings.

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