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Volvo S40 Saloon review

2004 - 2012 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

At a glance

Price new £13,612 - £27,145
Used prices £588 - £5,655
Road tax cost £0 - £675
Insurance group 15 - 34
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 396 - 846 miles
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Available fuel types



Alternative fuel

Pros & cons


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

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 10 October 2023


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.