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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
Volvo S40 (96-04) - rated 3 out of 5
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PROS

Wide choice of specs, safe, refined, comfortable

CONS

Pricey and dated

PROS

Wide choice of specs, safe, refined, comfortable

CONS

Pricey and dated

Verdict

The Volvo S40/V40 saloons and estates are often passed over because of their conservative looks and less than exciting drive. But they can be great used buys: comfortable, very safe, with a wide choice of specification. while its image may fall short of Audi A4, BMW 3-Series or VW Passat, S40/V40 makes a convincing case as a classier alternative to Vectra and Mondeo.

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 secondhand buy.

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