On the first long trip, the engine light came up. Then again, and again. For the first 2000 miles drive, the car was 15 days in the dealership service bay. Then, the best feature of its turbo was not set right. The dash lights keep coming up every now and then without any pattern. Still not fully 'exorcised' and the warranty is over. I will probably never buy a Volvo again, safety or no safety! If your car transmission dies suddenly on a freeway, I don't know how you call it safe or reliable. But only one thing I like about it, the peppy turbo charged engine. Muscle car drivers hate its guts!
Definitely the turbocharged engine. The premium sound is enthralling. Headlight wipers do attract nice comments from drive-thru window attendants. Compared to my Camry's soft suspension, I like V40 sportier suspension.
I would have said to Volvo company to discontinue this car but they already did it and nothing compares V40 styling other than their SUV.
back brake pads went out before front
pads. The volvo tech basically told
me that it was common but there was
nothing that he could do about it.
Volvo didn't even bother to respond.
Car handles like a banana on wheels,
the interior is awful and the seats
now that are worn, feel like they are
filled with straw. Do I hate it?
YEAH! Why don't I sell it, because
I'd have to sell it for 12k and I am
into it at 27K. Think that I am
joking, try to trade one in and then
you'll see the grim reality. Buy a
used BMW 325 Wagon, better
everything!!!! I hate this CAR!
This is absolutely the smoothest
driving automobile ever. I've driven
them all. It is my wife's car. She
loves the size since it is easy to
park. The miliage is very good.
Interior comfort is excellent.
Smooth driving. Responsive braking.
Steady on the road. Firm ride but not
hard. Sound system. Heating/air
Radio controls more standard and
comparable with other cars.
The car is great for families with small
children who want an entry-level luxury car.
Seats: In both short trips and hundred
mile journeys, the driver and passenger
front seats are extremely comfortable.
However, a rear seat with integrated
booster can feel awkard at first.
Leather is beautiful, rugged, and cleans
Handling: Extremely responsive, though
steering is tighter than I had expected.
Acceleration: 170hp w/ Turbo provides a
smooth, powerful push.
Braking: Very strong; have not had
problems with pads.
Stereo: Takes a while to get used to
knob-only control. Rich sound. No
Layout: Incredible comfort and room in
the front seats for a compact car.
Style: Classic, simple, and tasteful
interior and gauges--unlike Passat and
1) Tougher paint: A paint bubble formed
2) Rear Leg Room: With the front seats
all-the-way back, only a few inches
separate the back of the front seat from
the front end of the rear seat, although
the long rear bench gives occupant more
room than it appears.
We purchased this car recently...back
brake pads needed to be replaced, it
is a common problem according to the
service people at the dealer but they
refused to cover under warranty. The
paint on the car is very soft and
scratches very easily. Overall is an
okay car, not worth the money. It is
our fist and last Volvo, customer
service is a joke! Don't buy this
car, the BMW is going to be our next
mini wagon, a much more solid car that
only costs a few thousand dollars more.
it is small enough and has good gas
paint, brakes, interior isn't very
comfortable on long trips.