Volvo V40 Review1996 - 2004

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Models Covered:V40 5-door estate: 1.6, 1.8, 1.8GDI, 2.0, 2.0T, 1.9T4, 2.0T4,1.9 turbo diesel, 1.9D,1.9D 115 [base, S, XS, SE, CD]

Volvo V40 Review

Quick Summary of the Volvo V40

OVERALLVolvo V40 Overall Rating

In many ways the V40 makes more sense than it's S40 saloon counterpart. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised given this is a Volvo, but in that void between the prestige junior executive estates (BMW 3 Series Touring, Audi A4 Avant) and the upper end of the hatch-based vehicles (VW Golf Estate) the V40 reigns supreme. A sound used buy.


The Volvo V40 is in many ways the forgotten small estate. Whereas used buyers coo over the BMW 3 Series Touring and Audi's A4 Avant, the V40 changes hands less frequently. Why? Volvo owners seem to know when they're getting a good thing and the V40 ticks all the boxes with the minimum of flash, fuss and frustration. Even the V40's most ardent proponents wouldn't argue that it's on a level pegging with BMW or Audi, but should you feel unwilling to stump up for the German smoothies, a V40 is well worth a look.
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History of the V40

This car was originally christened the V4 alongside its saloon variant the S4. It was the S4 bit that landed Volvo in hot water when Audi executives spotted Volvo's stand at the 1995 London motor fair. Threatening legal action over the use of a title already being used on their sporting models, the Ingolstadt company held the whip hand due to their provision of turbo diesel engines for the larger 850 range, Gothenburg could hardly argue.So the car became the V40 for the estate version. In actual fact, the term 'estate' was a rather generous one; this was one of those so-called 'lifestyle estates', without the grandfather clock-capacity of Volvo's larger station wagon models. Nevertheless, it was a lot more practical than alternatives from BMW and Audi. The V40 itself, like the 400 series before it, was built not in Sweden but in Holland where it rolled down the same production line as Mitsubishi's mechanically similar Carisma. Initially, the range was launched with just two petrol engines of 1.8 and 2.0-litres in size.In December 1996, a turbo diesel version arrived with the same 1.9-litre Renault engine found in the Laguna and previously used in th