This was our first Volvo purchase. We wanted a car that was safe, but fuel efficient. We also wanted a car that was flexible enough to be both our family car, but also a respectable car to be driven for my consulting work. The V40 fit the bill. I have to drive both short distances in city traffic as well as long distances on highways and the V40 handles both nicely. Four years later I still love my car. I would buy another.
Handling, seat comfort, available options, storage capacity, fuel efficiency, general style and safety.
Next model year changed the exterior features that I wasn't so pleased with, better brakes (they work well, but pads need to be replaced too frequently).
I have 37,000 miles on mine, and it has been a great car for highway travel. I too have had the transmission hangup issue, which the dealer was able to diagnose and replace the shift control unit under warranty. I drive on the highway quite a bit, and like the solid, heavy feel of the car without it driving like a tank.
I don't understand why Volvo replaced
this pure winner in 2005. We went
shopping for a Mini or something similar
to offset the gas guzzling mileage of
our SUVs and found this V40 wagon small
enough, wonderfully fuel efficient
(occasionally averaging 30 mpgs for a
tankful), with quality fit and finish
and ever so much more practical than
compact sedans. It is responsive in
every way, has been great in the snow,
and is fun to drive. It is the perfect
car for an empty nest couple who still
need to move things from place to place
and are still young enough to want a
great driving drive vehicle.
Second set of brakes being replaced
after only 89000 KMS (55000 miles).
Rear brake pads and discs failed after
24000 miles, replacement of pads and
discs= brake job.
Now front brakes, pads and discs have
failed with rear breaks @ 40%.
Typical service is no maintenance but
diagonistics with simple oil change
costing minimum of $200 and full service
around $400. Break jobs are $1000 (CDN)
Brakes are not warranteed items and no
wonder why. New brake pads and disc on
back order in Ottawa and require special
delivery and no wonder why.
Volvo for life sentence or 15000 miles
which ever is less.
Never again Volvo. Switching to Toyota,
Mazda, Honda, Nissan.
Nice to drive but..... very high
maintenance costs, poor warrantee,
difficult to get service dates (1 month
New V50 fixes issues with offer of
standard transmission. Problem is
related to substandard brakes for North
American driving conditions and
I bought this car to replace a
perfectly good honda civic as a reward
for quitting smoking. I picked this
car out of the beetle, element, and
audi wagon because it has versitility,
styling, and is great to drive. I can
have kids, get a dog, and still keep
this car, yet I am single and my
friends want to ride with me when we go
backpacking. The price was only a bit
more than the rather poorly finished
element with the $4000 off invoice.
It gets 23 MPG around town and 33 MPG
on the highway and still has lots of
go. Better than my civic, though it
does require premium gas.
Bigger side pockets on doors. I need a
place to put my purse. Have ignition
key up higher as dangling keys hit my