This is my first Volvo. I was considering BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, even Lexus. Value for dollar, and the fact that the Volvo IS the safest vehicle on the road (I did my homework), it was a clear choice: Volvo. I am in love with this car! The dealership here in Las Vegas treats me like a king. I've never had such a wonderful car buying experience.
For five cylinders this car has the power I need when pulling out onto the freeway. I used to have to turn my Toyota a/c off to pull out. Rides like a ocean liner-smooth. I feel so safe and protected in this car. If the unthinkable happens, I know Volvo has got my back, literally with WHIPS.
Shorter, smaller drivers may have a problem seeing out of the rear window because of the head retraints front and rear.
I absolutely love this car! I fell in love with it as soon as I took it out for the test drive. Sharp looking and gets lots of attention. I really only have 2 issues with the car. First, city mileage isn't what I expected it to be. I do almost all of my driving in-city and find myself at the gas pump more than I expected. Second, the rear brakes have started to squeal when backing up, and the problem seems to be a mystery. I've had the car in twice (with a 3rd looming). I've done some checking online and found my problem, while not widespread, is not unique to my car either (no solution ID'd). It's a frustrating issue that I shouldn't be dealing with on a car 4200 miles in.
Outside/inside style. IKEA inspired center console is a thing of beauty (esp in aluminum trim). Seats are comfortable and supportive. Car is easy to drive and the T5 engine has lots of pep to it. Trunk is large for a car of this size. Excellent build quality. Very quiet inside.
Again, city MPG is much less than I expected. Also, while I don't keep a lot in my car, I do agree that the door pockets are a joke. Most importantly, I'd love to have the brake problem resolved. No impact on brake performance, but it's certainly embarrassing on a new car.
This is my third Volvo (740 960 and now S40) I am very disappointed with the quality and support from volvo. Pressure sensor was bad inside gas tank and fixed by dealer. The car makes very annoying Owl-like sounds, which the dealer has not fixed. Supposedly volvo is working on a computer software fix. The clock occasionally resets itself--another annoying feature. Save your money for a higher quality car. Do not expect any help from Volvo when you complain....apparantly Volvo has lost all class after having been bought by Ford.
The acceleration is good, but a bit nonlinear (jerky).
Improve noise insulation. Improve overall quality of the S-40 which is not up to previous Volvo standards in my opinion.