The VOLVO S40 is fine premium small car
Check engine light has come on a few times. The Dealer checked the fault and says the fuel cap is not on tight... Each time they clear the fault the fault reappears when the gas gauge dips below 1/2. The car is due for service now, so hopefully the problem is rectified. Otherwise, the cars is solid.
The car is well built, quiet, handles well, and I truly enjoy my daily commute. The car is comfortable and its easy to find the perfect driving position; fits like a glove kind of comfortable. The interior is quite nice, the front seats are great, and the flat panel centre stack is a work of art, but the rear quarters are a little cramped; trunk is a good size and shape. The in-line 5 cylinder is fairly smooth, performs adequately considering the car is fairly heavy, and has a nice exhaust note. I like the 5 speed manual and think it shifts well; critics think its notchy and stiff. The brakes are strong and stop the car quickly, pedal feel is good, and the ABS is not too intrusive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th October, 2005