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

New price £13,853 - £25,055
Used price £275 - £1,625
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £170 - £340
Insurance group 17 - 34 How much is it to insure?


Wide choice of specs, safe, refined, comfortable


Pricey and dated

Volvo S40 rivals

Written by Parkers on

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.

Volvo S40 rivals