What's the used Volvo V40 like?
Think Volvo and you probably think big, all-accommodating estate cars, but this one is a bit different. The Volvo V40 is more of a 'lifestyle' estate than a hardcore load-lugger. True, the rear seats fold quickly and easily to extend the load area - which will cope with most family clutter - just don't try taking up antiques dealing.
On older cars built before mid-2000, the ride and handling have a particularly ancient feel. However, steering feel, body-control and comfort improved when Volvo revised the chassis.
There is a wide range of engines to choose from, but although the diesels are economical, sadly they're not particularly refined.
Equipment is good across the whole range, as is safety. The cabin looks good in the usual Volvo big-button tradition, but build quality could be better on early versions.