Volvo S40 Reviews from Finland

2005 Volvo S40 Momentum 2.4i 5-inline 170hp

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.4i 5-inline 170hp Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 kilometres
Most recent distance114000 kilometres
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

Very good luxury and sportiness combined!

Faults:

Just some parts in the chassis, typical for the Ford-concern.

General Comments:

This newer Ford Focus chassis that is in this Volvo is fantastic! It's like a 308 or 407 :) It's stable and sporty, but not too hard.

The engine is so good, and sounds good with my sport exhaust.

It's not too big either, I like to drive the C30 more, but this car is a beauty, with Nordic design!

The back seat aren't for tall Swedish people though. Max 185cm.

Best non-(Peugeot or BMW) car I've driven!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2009

2004 Volvo S40 momentum 2.4i

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4i Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance11600 kilometres
Previous carNissan Primera

Summary:

A satisfying pleasant individual

Faults:

A piece of equipment (electronic compass) had not been fitted when delivered. Dealer obtained one from the factory and installed it. This was due to the extremely & over complicated options packages that cause headache for dealer and client alike.

Driver's door needed rather too much slamming at first, dealer quickly fixed this.

Dealer very good and helpful.

General Comments:

This is the new S40 and is an entirely different car from the previous model-thankfully.

I did extensive test drives and the dealer loaned me a car for a whole day, I was able to see if it would go in my old school garage-just! I did have to wait 10 weeks for delivery, a real bore.

Because I live in Western part of Finland the terrain is flat and the roads' are straight so it was extremely interesting to drive the car in France & the UK, hills and bends. The chassis is excellent and it laps up twisting roads.However, the performance in terms of acceleration 80-120kms is disappointing for a 5 cylinder 170hp car. My previous Nissan 2.0 litre was much livlier, consequently, overtaking requires changing down, The gearbox is too long to wring the best from the engine.

The car cruises effortlessly though, it is extremely quiet at 150kms/hr and is very refined.

The seats are beyond imagination, the comfort is outstanding. I wish my flat and office had chairs like these... long journeys are sublime.

Build and construction are very good quality, tasteful simple design inside with elegance. The ergonomics are NOT what the motoring press would have you believe though, some switches:foglight, rain sensor switch are obscured and awkward.

Heating and ventilation first rate. Turning circle is small so town parking is easy. The clutch is one monster though, a real agricultural horror very stiffly sprung and fierce so stalling is not unknown together with swearing..

Interior storage space preety minimal, door pockets literally holds a condom packet nothing else! Glove box good enough.

Folding electric mirrors a boon in alley parking, the illumination switch from the key fob excellent for finding the car in a dark car park and the panic button which detonates the alarm could be useful in an unpleasant situation...

Headlights rather poor for a Volvo this is odd, changing all the bulbs looks very simple and that's a real advantage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2004

15th Oct 2004, 08:36

Thanks so much, mucho helpful.

2nd Mar 2005, 06:00

Update on the Volvo S40. Not much to report, I'm happy to say. Just had its 20k kilometres service and all running smoothly, I have noticed that after two oil changes now (1st wasn't scheduled, but I believe in 6 month oil changes because of arctic weather) the car is a lot sharper in acceleration and quieter. This may be due to oil changes using 0-40 synthetic oil and I find 98 octane fuel works better than 95,more response better fuel figures. Clutch still very fierce though and this is the only annoyance. First class distance car for one or two people, but its limited boot access and oddments capacity rules it out for families. Choose the V50 estate then (doesn't LOOK as sharp as the saloon though!) I've been very pleased with it and the dealer, lot of pride in ownership too.Recommended.

2003 Volvo S40 T 2.0

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance28000 kilometres

Summary:

Cheap for a Volvo, expensive for a small family car

Faults:

No faults of any kind.

General Comments:

This car is simply fast and furious.

Volvo usually has been thought of 'the vehicle for the elders' but with the new S60 and S40 this has been changed totally. I (aged 23) find this car to be perfect for a small family or a bachelor.

The quality and craftsmanship of the vehicle is also superb. Although it's built in the Netherlands with Mitsubishi-shared platform it still delivers and takes the best of both.

Safety, speed and looks from Volvo - Economy, value and handling from Mitsubishi.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 2003

19th Aug 2009, 14:46

How well does the heater keep up with those frigid Nordic winters?

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 3 reviews