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Used Volvo V40 Estate 1996 - 2004 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Our recommendations

Volvo V40 Estate (96 - 04)
  • Volvo V40 Estate (96 - 04)
  • Volvo V40 Estate (96 - 04)
Used Volvo V40 Estate 1996 - 2004 review
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Our recommendations

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.