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Used Volvo V40 Estate 1996 - 2004 review

(1996 - 2004)
Volvo V40 Estate (96 - 04)
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What used Volvo V40 estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Volvo V40 estate?

The petrol engines can run to 12,000 miles or a year - whichever comes first - before needing attention. The diesels operate to a slightly shorter time span, requiring a service every 10,000 miles.

That's not too bad and, if you take your V40 to a Volvo dealer, the hourly rates shouldn't work out more expensive than having, say, a Focus worked on by a Ford dealer. Independent Volvo specialists tend to be pricier than the class average, though.

For sheer fuel economy, the diesel engines can't be beaten, returning 50 to 52mpg. However, the 1.8 GDI petrol engine's economy is attractive, with an official 41mpg, but it needs dearer super unleaded fuel to get the best from it.

The T4 is easily the most thirsty and will return a real-world mid-20s mpg if used hard. It also suffers from group 32 insurance but lesser V40s vary from groups 19-29.