Advice for buyers
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.
V40s that are so-equipped can also suffer from problems with the adaptive cruise control. Look out for warning messages in the driver’s information display to that effect.
What are the most common problems with a used Volvo V40 hatchback?
Potential engine fire
Volvo is presently in the process of recalling around 70,000 cars in the UK fitted with a 2.0-litre diesel engine, over potential engine fires. There isn't a fix at the moment, so owners are being told to pay attention to any unusual smells coming into the interior, if the engine warning light illuminates, or if the engine hesitates under acceleration. Read our news story on this for further information or contact Volvo directly on 01628 854 210.
Cracked fuel hose
The fuel hose used in some models has been found to be crack up from the inside, which could lead to a fuel leak if not fixed. This applies to cars built between 11 April 2015 and 30 March 2016, and a Volvo dealer will be able to tell you if your car is affected or not.
Airbags might not deploy correctly in an accident
There have been a few recalls regarding airbags that might not deploy correctly during a collision. The first is for the driver's airbag on V40s made between 25 April 2016 and 15 May 2016, while the second affects examples built between 25 August 2016 and 5 October 2016. Contact your local Volvo dealer to make sure your car has had the relevant remedial work carried out.
Rear light may stop working
An issue with some software on cars built between 25 November 2013 and 10 March 2014 may result in the left (nearside) rear tail light failing. The driver should see a warning light appear in the instrument cluster informing them of the problem if it occurs.
It has been identified that there could be a coolant leak during the warm-up process of some V40s built between 6 February 2012 and 21 April 2015 that could result in an engine fire in extreme circumstances. Check with a Volvo dealer to make sure your car isn't affected by this.
Is a used Volvo V40 hatchback reliable?
Volvo as a manufacturer has been steadily improving over previous years and finished in 11th place out of 31 other brands in our latest survey. The V40 isn't the best family car, mind you, and only managed a 21st place finish out of a class of 35.
If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
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