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.
It’s early days yet for the XC40, so too early to tell if it’s going to be a reliable car, or if there will be any one area that lets it down. Certainly the previous generation of the larger XC60 finished in a very low position in the large SUV class in our most recent reliability survey, with owners highlighting a number of electrical issues.
Volvos used to have a good reputation for quality and reliability, but things have taken a turn for the worse according to our reliability surveys. Volvo, as a brand, finished in the bottom third of our table in 20th place out of 31 manufacturers in our 2018 survey – a position shared with Audi. One positive is that this is at least an improvement on 2017, so perhaps things are going in the right direction.