What should I look for in a used Volvo V40 hatchback?
When you go to view a Volvo V40, you should check that all the door locks work as they should, because according to the What Car? Reliability Survey there have been a number of owners reporting failures. If they fail, it could become an expensive fix once the three-year/60,000 mile warranty has expired.
Owners have also commented upon issues with bodywork and trim, so make sure that all the panels fit as they should. When you test-drive the car, make sure you try out all the electrical items to make sure they all work properly and keep an eye on the driver information screen in the middle of the speedometer for any error messages that may pop up.
What are the most common problems with a used Volvo V40 hatchback?
Disappointingly, the Volvo V40 isn’t as vice-free as its easy-going nature would have you believe. Problems have been reported with the exhaust system on 2.0-litre diesels, along with failures of the heated rear screen and the radar system, which helps cruise control to maintain a set distance from the car in front.
If you’re buying a diesel, ask whether your potential purchase has been used regularly on the motorway, as this will have given the diesel particulate filter (DPF) the opportunity to regenerate and burn off any diesel particulates it has trapped. Another guide might be to work out how many miles it has done each year, as higher-mileage cars are more likely to have spent their lives on these roads.
If you are testing the car on a hot day, try parking it in the shade for a while to allow the back window to cool down. This should enable you to judge whether the heated screen works when you switch it on. You should be able to feel a slight temperature change as you lightly run your hand over it. This temperature change should be much more obvious on a cold day.
V40s that are so-equipped can also suffer from problems with the adaptive cruise control. l Look out for warning messages in the driver’s information display to that effect, and if you need further clarification, ask the seller if they are willing to let you take the car to a specialist to perform a diagnostic check, as any fault codes should be stored on the vehicle’s internal memory.
Is a used Volvo V40 hatchback reliable?
Volvo as a manufacturer did quite well in our recent survey, managing to finish in the top quarter of all brands rated. The V40 seems to have followed that trend, with only those higher than average reports of bodywork and electrical faults blighting its ranking.
The V40 came with a three-year/60,000 mile warranty and three years’ free roadside assistance available when new, so nearly-new cars should still have the balance of this left.