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Used Volvo V40 Estate 1996 - 2004 review

(1996 - 2004)
Volvo V40 Estate (96 - 04)
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Which used Volvo V40 estate should I buy?

Petrolheads may fancy the hottest version, the T4 with its 200bhp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. But, although it's brisk, it lacks the lovely warbling note of the five-cylinder unit in the larger 850 T5 estate and, even with the revised chassis, its handling is still a let-down.

It's also not worth bothering with the 1.6-litre petrol, and the non-turbo 1.9 diesel is none too rapid, either. The turbodiesel does a better job, although refinement is not great.

On the other hand, the Japanese 1.8-litre GDI engine offers a good blend of performance and economy, provided you run it on super-unleaded fuel. For all that, though, we like the lightly turbocharged 160bhp 2.0-litre turbo best.

The top trim is CD, but SE has more than enough toys to make the highest trim a needless expense. Get a car built after 1998 and it will have a CD player as well as air-con, a height-adjustable driver's seat, electric front windows and side airbags.

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Which used Volvo V40 estate should I buy?

Petrolheads may fancy the hottest version, the T4 with its 200bhp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. But, although it's brisk, it lacks the lovely warbling note of the five-cylinder unit in the larger 850 T5 estate and, even with the revised chassis, its handling is still a let-down.

It's also not worth bothering with the 1.6-litre petrol, and the non-turbo 1.9 diesel is none too rapid, either. The turbodiesel does a better job, although refinement is not great.

On the other hand, the Japanese 1.8-litre GDI engine offers a good blend of performance and economy, provided you run it on super-unleaded fuel. For all that, though, we like the lightly turbocharged 160bhp 2.0-litre turbo best.

The top trim is CD, but SE has more than enough toys to make the highest trim a needless expense. Get a car built after 1998 and it will have a CD player as well as air-con, a height-adjustable driver's seat, electric front windows and side airbags.

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