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 the rear tailgate operation, if electric.
Volvos used to have a good reputation for quality and reliability. In our most recent reliability survey, the XC40 finished in an admirable second place 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 brand finished in 11th place out of 31 manufacturers.