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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

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Volvo S40 (04-12)

4 out of 5 4.0

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... read more

PROS

Safe and comfortable on the move, stylish cabin, great seats

CONS

Lacks the prestige of premium alternatives and not as good to drive, firm ride, cramped rear seats

The Skoda Octavia is one of the best family cars around. Spacious, reliable, well built and good to drive, it also comes with a great range of engines. But the Skoda's biggest strength is its value for money - it's priced competitively against the likes of the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf but able to offer more interior space and impressive... read more

PROS

Superb value for money, large boot space, well built interior, some great engines, reliable

CONS

Diesels are noisy, interior design quite drab

Renault caused a real stir when it launched the 2002 Renault Megane with its angular styling and distinctive rear. This generation Megane is a huge improvement in terms of interior quality, ride and handling but sadly it lacks the same styling flair and looks conventional as a result. Much better to drive than predecessor The good news is that... read more

PROS

  • Good build quality
  • Comfortable ride
  • Impressive extras
  • Improved steering feel

CONS

  • Conventional styling
  • Limited rear headroom
  • Fiddly controls

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