Love Volvo, love the car!
Paint on the hood was blotchy in spots, and after the Volvo rep looked at the car, it was determined that it happened sometime between shipping and getting to the dealer. They originally thought it might be tree sap from the parking lot.
Leather seats are very comfortable, but I can tell they are not as durable as on my Ford. I can already see wear marks appearing.
In general, it's a good and solid buy for someone that wants the durability and safety of a Volvo, but that does not want to pay the extra for the V70 or XC90.
The gas mileage on the V40 is surprisingly good, and improves greatly when cruise control is used.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th October, 2003