Used Volvo S40 Saloon 1996 - 2004 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

Volvo S40 Saloon (96 - 04)
  • Volvo S40 Saloon (96 - 04)
  • Volvo S40 Saloon (96 - 04)

Our recommendations

Which used Volvo S40 saloon should I buy?

There is quite a maze of engines and revisions to navigate, but if you want a car that rides and handles well, versions built before autumn 2000 are a no-no. As well as re-worked suspension, models from 2001 onwards also had new bumpers and improved interiors. A further freshen-up followed in April 2002 with a new grille and more equipment.

All models have four airbags, electric front windows and a height-adjustable driver's seat. Air-con was added from September 1998, and we recommend getting an SE model; one built after 1998 will have a CD-player.