Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Volvo XC40 estate?
It may be an SUV, but forward visibility is never really an issue thanks to large windows and a commanding seating position. However, despite big door mirrors and standard rear parking sensors, the rear pillar can obscure some obstacles, so check the extremities for any scuffs and dents picked up in tight supermarket car parks and urban rat runs. Also, check the alloy wheels for any kerb damage and that the tailgate operates correctly, if it's electric.
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What are the most common problems with a used Volvo XC40 estate?
Automatic emergency braking (AEB)
The AEB system, which is supposed to apply the brakes when the forward collision sensors detect an imminent collision, might not actually do so. A software update is all that is required to sort the issue, and it applies to V60, S90, V90, XC40, XC60 and XC90 models built after 21 January 2019. The fix can be completed by any Volvo dealer, and owners should have been contacted regarding this. However, you can also speak with your local retailer for further information.
A problem was found with the vehicle connectivity module (VCM) that sends location information to the emergency services after a collision. It applies to cars constructed between 6 October 2017 and 30 October 2018. Any Volvo dealer should be able to perform a software update to fix the issue for you.
The rear seatbacks might not remain in the upright position, because the lock strikers might be missing on both sides of the bench. The small number of examples built between 20-21 June 2018 that are affected by this recall will need to have these strikers fitted to resolve the issue. Any Volvo dealer will be able to do this for you free of charge.
Is a used Volvo XC40 estate reliable?
In the most recent What Car? Reliability Survey, the XC40 came an admirable second in the family SUV category, with only 11% of any of them having a fault, and these mostly minor, split between bodywork, fuel system and sat-nav. Half were back on the road on the same day, and no owners were charged for the work.
Meanwhile, Volvo as a manufacturer ranked 11th in the same survey out of 31 brands. That's a much better result than the 20th-place finish in the previous survey.
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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