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Volvo S40 owner reviews

"The Volvo S40 has a beautifully designed interior and there’s plenty of variety in the range, but it’s quite expensive and as it’s a saloon it lacks the practicality of rival hatchbacks."

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2.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.4 out of 5

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Common Problems

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Review 1 of 74

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
No issues during my ownership
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

0, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Great car
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Typically logical as most scandinavian products are. A great alternative choice to the usual german brands. Its a great size for those that want a bit of understated saloon style but still want to fit the spaces in the supermarket car park.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
I'm more than happy with it. It's stylish and above all safe. I'd certainly purchase another. Overall i rate it very highly. Volvos are certainly not old men cars !!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

T4, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2001

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Ive been very happy with the performance and reliablity of the car, and the interior and extrior trims. My only niggle would be the fuel consumtion which is far from great.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2002

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

38.9
Tell us what you think about your car?
I have never had a problem with the reliability due to having regular servicing
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

46
Tell us what you think about your car?
No concerns
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year

2002

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Tell us what you think about your car?
Its a Volvoand its my 6 th Volvoso that speaks fo rits self
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2001

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Tell us what you think about your car?
it's what i would expect from a Volvo
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

48
Tell us what you think about your car?
Never had a mechanical issue with it whether when it is in for service or on a journey which has required me to call for break down service, since ownership of the car.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

34
Tell us what you think about your car?
It has never had a problem
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
So far, so good. Not had a for a considerable length of time but all seems well at present.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

se lux, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Good all round car ,economical to run
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
I'm more than happy with it. It's stylish and above all safe. I'd certainly purchase another. Overall i rate it very highly. Volvos are certainly not old men cars !!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

se, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2001

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

54
Tell us what you think about your car?
exelent npo problems at all
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
great
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2002

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

1997

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
This car has been really good. Apart from the usual things tyres, wiperblades etc. the only thing I have had to do to it is front and rear brake shoes, an exhaust hanger replaced, and a set of heater plugs, and in the near future will need a set of rear brake discs. No matter what the weather summer or winter I heat it and always starts the first time every time.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
apart from needing a new alternator so far so good !
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
Overall its been ok however at 120,000 miles the DP filter went and cost Ł1200 to replace and repair the damage to the cooling system, other then that its been ok and just been wear and tear maintenance.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42
Tell us what you think about your car?
The car has done 53K miles and as far as I'm aware nothing has failed on it.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2001

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
This car has never let us down.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

1999

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

31
Tell us what you think about your car?
it has never failed to start. every thing works on it
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
Always reliable
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

70
Tell us what you think about your car?
Always going when requred
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

se, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

1997

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
My car is reliable, comfortable, looks good but is heavy on fuel and has poor acceleration. Otherwise i love it and intend to keep it until it is no longer economical to run.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

se, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

s, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Excellent car, value for money, stylish, economical, good looking, comfortable and has never let me down. Would recommend volvo s40 to any one!!!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

S, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2000

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Early days, but it is comfortable and safe. Current model has better, sharper styling than my prevoius 2002 model. Interior improvements are also good
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2002

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very impressive and well built along with being a very classy looking car.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

44
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
has never given me a problem
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

38
Tell us what you think about your car?
much better after a recall for an electrical problem
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Tell us what you think about your car?
Reliable and had no faults during ownership
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Tell us what you think about your car?
90k miles on the clock and not a single electrical or mechanical fault. Car has been flawless since I bought it. I've replaced consumables only, tyres, bulbs etc. Cheap as chips to run. Got 58mpg on smooth French motorways.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

36
Tell us what you think about your car?
I have had no problems in the 2 years we have had the car
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

38
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very happy with the cars reliability
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Tell us what you think about your car?
keep off supermarket fuel and it runs well
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

gt, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
I am very pleased with mynew volvo and since a bad accident in 1984 have always had a volvo as they are highly rated for safety
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

r-design drive, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Great to drive, cheap to run, looks good, and will last for about 20 years if we want it to (my last volvo was 23 years old with over 180000 miles when we scrapped it to buy the s40 we have now).
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

1999

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

s, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
My car has the style, feel and look as an executive one. Its has a very good spec and a pleasure to drive. I would cetainly buy another volvo for all these reason including the peace of mind on the safety of the car.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

se, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very good, we can drive/ride for 6 hours at a time and feel not effects We achieve an average of 47 mpg since we have owned the car
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Good car, still attractive to look at despite being over 5 years of age. Disappointed with the spare parts for the a/c condeser. Easy to drive and very comfortable.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

S, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Economical, good drive & comfortable.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Overall-excellent
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very good
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

55
Tell us what you think about your car?
MOST RELIABLE CAR I HAVE HAD
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

52
Tell us what you think about your car?
Issues with alarm going off buy itself. Dealer cannot seem to find a fault.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Tell us what you think about your car?
no problems to date
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

48.9
Tell us what you think about your car?
Mostly very reliable but now 5 years old, some concerns over Dual Mass Flywheel and Throttle Body issues
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2002

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

38
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problems in 60,000 miles driving
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Boring.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?
0

Car Details

Model

i, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

1998

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
An excellent, practical and reliable vehicle. Volvo are reknown for building higher spec instrumentation and extras into their vehicles as "standard", while also exceeding safety and comfort features.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
A very reliable and safe car. Good gear box, brakes and positive steering. Very economical for a 2 litre car. Excellent finish inside and out.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

S, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
An average car for the price
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

s, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2000

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
My s40 is everything i need in a car. This was bought to replace another s40 and i have now owned volvo for over 10 years. I find them reliable, comfortable and no more expensive to repair than an other marque.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

se, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Comfortable,safe, economical,and well engineered
Would you recommend the car to a friend?