Volvo V40 (96-04) - Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 28 Oct 2014
3
Volvo's efforts to build a convincing medium car have brought us the modern V40/S40 series, a huge improvement over the uninspired, stodgy old 440/460 series. Compared with the class-leading Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, Volvo still has some way to go, but the S40/V40 is far from ordinary and has safety and solidity on its side.

Volvo V40 (96-04)
Still looks good, well built, reliable
Not quite enough boot space, old

New price range:

£14,998 - £25,955

Used price range:

£196 - £2,611

View all used prices

Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

Volvo's efforts to build a convincing medium car have brought us the modern V40/S40 series, a huge improvement over the uninspired, stodgy old 440/460 series. Compared with the class-leading Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, Volvo still has some way to go, but the S40/V40 is far from ordinary and has safety and solidity on its side. The turbo engines, particularly the T4, have attracted a new wave of younger, fashion-conscious buyers, though Volvo is still not as trendy as its compatriot, Saab. Some early cars were not quite up to scratch in terms of build quality, but improvements were soon made and the range is now a sensible buy, new or secondhand.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5

Safety

3 out of 5

Reliability

3 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

2.5 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 It is an estate and has fold down seats. Has a reasonable amount of space in for large loads.  

4 out of 5

Anonymous ,   31 Jul 2013    ... read more

 Loads of space, good sized boot and with the seats down it is vast!  

5 out of 5

Michael Proffitt ,   29 Jun 2013    ... read more

 Size of the boot. Nothing else that couldn't be found of a simlar type of car in it' class.  

2 out of 5

James Heather ,   22 Jan 2011    ... read more

See all Owners' Reviews

Next steps