2007 Volvo S40 T5 2.4L petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Nearly there, but not quite

Faults:

Roof liner sagging, interior cloth on doors sagging - the glue in these models only lasts about 10 years before failing.

Lots of electrical problems - sensors suggesting a fault where there is not, power window failing one day but working the next, indicator will turn on right side if slightly touched, charging ports not working, sequential transmission won't manually switch (auto transmission mode works fine).

General Comments:

Mechanically the car has been great for the time I have owned it, and nearly every mechanical issue with it has been my fault. Unfortunately the electrics are playing up so will be selling it. You can pick them up for pretty cheap now ($5000 AUD) with about 150,000 km and they are reliable and have enough power to get around full of passengers and up hills, but not enough where you can give it a good go on the highway. A small car, so maybe not enough room if you are over 2m tall, but it looks like a fairly modern, luxury car.

The upgraded model of the S40 comes with a turbo, bigger engine, AWD (not front wheel drive) and usually leather seats for only about 20% more on average - worth it in my opinion.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2018

19th Jun 2018, 13:17

The S40 is a nice car, and the smaller engine ones are much cheaper to run but obviously lack power. My 1.6 petrol has been pretty good, however reliability is only average unfortunately; I've had my fair share of problems, a bit of a fall from Volvo's of the past which were much more durable.

2007 Volvo S40 S 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Brilliant small executive saloon

Faults:

Couldn't get the boot open - faulty motor - renewed. Leaky rocker cover gasket, repaired for a small amount at a service. Not much else other than general wear and tear, exhaust, brakes, oil changes and so on.

General Comments:

Didn't know what to expect with this one when I bought it 2 years ago - with already 90K on it I knew Volvos were reliable and took a chance on this one, it had patchy service history. When I drove it I was well impressed however, it drove like new, still felt tight and the driving position is great and everything is ergonomically perfect as if I had designed the interior myself, and the interior is the best thing about this car - very comfortable and stylish, and you get a lot of equipment on even this most basic "S" model. Go for an "R-design" if you want leather and more stuff though, however I find electric windows all round and climate control enough, and just as equipped as my basic old 1999 C-class Mercedes that was traded in for this car. The Mercedes was a good car; just getting old and time to move on.

The Volvo looks good in black, is very stylish, and gets good comments from friends - most small saloons are usually ugly, but this one is the exception.

The car is a bit small to compete with the compact exec sector some say (Audi A4, BMW 3 series, Merc C-class, etc), however I find it every bit as capable a car in that regard; apparently it's based on the Ford Focus chassis though, which is fine as that is a sharp car to drive and so is this. The downside however is the 1.6 petrol engine is weak, performance is no more than adequate. Do yourself a favour and get the 1.8 petrol - avoid the diesels, they are plagued with problems as most modern diesels are.

To sum up, this is a great little Volvo that I can't believe is nearly 9 years old; it feels very modern. They are at rock bottom prices now so grab a used bargain; make sure it's got history though. I suppose the real test will come in the next year or two as the mileage rises, but if this car is anything like Volvos of the past, it should handle it no problem. Family had a few 740 and 940 saloons back in the 80s and 90s and they lasted for many years and miles no problem - hope this one proves to be the same; will try to remember to update my review, but at 9 years old and 120K - so far so good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2016

21st Jul 2016, 12:34

Quick update by original author: just to note as it turns out the S40 competes with the smaller upmarket cars (BMW 1 Series and so on) rather than the other cars I mentioned in my review. Still has interior space and quality to match bigger cars though. Put another 1000 miles on it this week, still loving the car. Only negative so far since my review is the air con isn't working as efficiently as I'd like, probably needs a "recharge"; annoying as the weather here in Scotland of all places has been real warm lately, but I can live with it, acceptable at the age and mileage; most air con systems need attention by then.