Volvo S40 Review from South Africa

1998 Volvo S40 Baseline 2.0 Non turbo

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 Non turbo Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance184000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo S70


Great value for money


Had to replace the lower rear suspensions bushes and rear shock rubbers, then also the front shock mountings and lower front bushes on the suspension (unsure what they're called). All replaced at the same time, and cost R7500.00 (ZAR)

General Comments:

I previously owned a Mercedes C250 turbo diesel, and now a Volvo S40 standard.. Comparing the two cars I have noted differences.

The Merc had more power because it was turbo, but the Volvo has far more comfortable seats and is very quiet (it is a bit rough on bumpy roads).

It has excellent road holding, and is stable on the road, considering that my Merc had ASC and my Volvo doesn't have any assistance.

Also I find the interior build to be of a great luxury standard.. No rattles or moans.

I find my S40 to be reliable and hassle free, and very easy to drive..

Downside only being that the A pillars do restrict a bit of vision. And when you replace the standard radio tape with a CD frontloader, you notice the speakers don't have as much thump/ bass in them.

10/10. A great all around car. I love it, and would consider swapping it back for a Merc!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2008

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review