Safe and comfortable on the move, stylish cabin, great seats
Lacks the prestige of premium alternatives and not as good to drive, firm ride, cramped rear seats
This Volvo S40 is a clean break from the model that ran from 1996-2004. Whereas the old car picked up a slightly dowdy image by the end of its life, this model is stylish and well proportioned. It has some unique touches too - especially inside thanks to its clever 'floating' centre console - while the chunky styling gives an air of solidity. It uses the same platform as the Ford Focus so is composed and surefooted on the road - however it lacks the sophistication of some saloons and doesn't feel as agile.
It's good value though and comes well equipped for the money while there's a choice of some strong engines including the excellent D5 diesel and T5 that's shared with the Ford Focus ST.
What owners say about this car
Not anything to dislike about this car! The days of the 'old man car' tag are well and truest gone,... Read owner review
Reasonable boot space and room for passengers but can get a little cramped in the back with 5... Read owner review
Very very comfortable - drivers seat is extremely supportive. Ergonomics are very good (everything... Read owner review