Pros: "fun to drive, interior quality and appearance"
Cons: "electrical bugs the first year or two"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I still enjoy driving my S40. In my opinion the style is timeless. After working out some initial electrical issues it has been very dependable. Decent but not great gas mileage. With premium I average 24 MPG in mixed driving. One negative is the cost of maintenance."
Cons: "Front/Rear Bumper covers too soft, noisy engine"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I bought this car for my girlfriend to commute in everyday L.A. traffic and so far it has been great. She loves it mainly for all the bells & whistles like Bluetooth hands-free, great audio system with 6 disc changer, digital ambient temp readout, avg fuel readout, very cold AC, warm heater, plus a plethora of other amenities. Though there is also a moonroof but she has never touched it. But the sole reason I bought her this car is the safety rating. First of all it is a very solid vehicle and feels great on the road. The handling is tight and power is sufficient with its 2.4i engine, but most above all - the great styling of the S40!
We've owned it for almost two years now. Bought the car with 36,600 miles and now just reached 50,300. The only thing we did was changed the oil from Castrol synthetic-blend to Castrol Edge 0W-30 Full Synthetic. I also replaced all the motor mounts. Didn't really need to but I felt like doing it to get most out of the vehicle. Other items are just accessory upgrades; like rubber mats, trunk cubby tray and luggage hangers, nothing mechanical and so far it has performed great.
Gas mileage is average since this is an inline-5 cylinder. It is pretty spot on with the 20 City/28 Hwy claim - though I did get a bit more (apprx 30 hwy) on a road trip at cruising speeds of 80mph. It was a blast to drive and the seats are very comfortable. Car felt very reliable while on the journey in regards to both mechanical and safety - which makes a world of difference."
Pros: "Fun to drive, pickup, handling, MPG, AWD, etc."
Cons: "Small backseat"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Great car!!! AWD and T5 engine with great gas mileage using regular gas. Been a great car, now seeking to sell. Would love to have a new vehicle with the MPG, pickup and handling, just in an SUV form. From Volvo's current reviews I have read on line about recent models' reliability, and the snobbery at Volvo dealership when I went to look at new models--will probably not be purchasing a Volvo again."
Cons: "access is a challenge (for people with disability)"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Interior critique is based on our physical needs as we age. Hard for passenger to access car since seat is very low. Too bad car most manufacturers ignore the older generation in this regard.
Otherwise everything about S40 is great! Just went on short road trip and clocked fuel efficiency. On flat interstate we did 48 MPG average at 50 MPH; 45 MPG average at 55 MPH; typically stayed at over 40 MPG average at 60 to 65 MPH. I find this truly amazing considering car is 11 years old and I have just serviced it once a year since we got it in 2004."
Pros: "nice interior/exterior, handles well, fun to drive"
Cons: "doesn't hold its value, expensive to fix"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"We ordered this car new 8 years ago and have put 150,000 miles on it. We loved this car. At 8 years old, it still looks great, and it still handles better and rides more smoothly than our brand new Toyota. However, it has needed repairs lately, and every repair is very costly compared to working on other vehicles. Also, in our area there are no certified Volvo mechanics, and other mechanics are either hesitant to work on it, can only do certain repairs, or they refuse to work on it altogether. The car also did not hold its value well. I would buy another Volvo in the future because we did enjoy this car for a long time. However, I would either put less miles on it or trade it in once it got to about 100,000."