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My name is Brandon and I own a Volvo V40. I used to tease my friend routinely for driving an 'old man's car' but when he decided to leave Blighty for the bright lights of Oz, he offered me his V40... I've eaten my own words several times since, it is the best car I have ever owned and driven. The ride is smooth, engine powerful but easy to drive and I genuinely think it is an attractive model. I am a big fan of road trips and look forward to driving long journeys. Lucky for me that my in-laws live hundreds of miles away. The cockpit is just how I would want it, and laid out better than any other car I've been in - a silly point for some but makes the world of difference. I bought my V40 with high miles but it is still going as strong as ever, always commented on by my mechanic Paul who has a manual V40 himself! I am a fan of modern Volvos but always on the lookout for another V40(if mine ever does reach the big scrapyard in the sky). The space, the look, the drive and the reliability makes the Volvo V40 the best of its kind.
Our volvo V40 is comfortable, the lumber bars in the back of the seats have been great :) the ride has been smooth and comfortable. In regards to looks i have to say it is one of the best looking cars that volvo have produced, it shy's away from the more recognised boxeyness of earlier volvo's and adopts a very nice set of curves and comes in some nice color options also!! the alloy wheels are a bonus and the interior is very satisfactory, it's not to primative and not over the top either!!
The cab space of the v40 is very large and comfortable with plenty of leg room for rear passengers and also the rear seats are comfortable too!! The boot space is good but i feel that it could maybe have been a slight bit bigger, but maybe its just the way i'm packing it :)
All in all over the last year i have grown to love this car... it has kept on running and has been comfortable when travelling from Atob... i hope that this is useful...
The V40 is an interesting car. It's not the station we have come to expect from Volvo. It's neither as masculin nor as bricky as a conventional Volvo. It's design is slim, clean and as sexy as can be for a station wagon. Its seats embraces you, its stearing is solid and secure, its engine sounds confident. Netiher the sporthy whiiim, not the cheap sound of most commercial engines. Its interior is not catchy, but neither is it boring. It's functional and practical built with good material.
On the road it easily glides through the trafic, easily reaches 200 km/h (even though the official max. speed is said to be 195 for the 1.8 model). Newer Focus' or Megan's can't get close to this aerodynamic vehicle.
As for safety, it's the traditional Volvo. Airbags, air curtains, whisplash protection are some of the aspects, but more than that it's the way it makes you drive the car that is the true secret behinds its safety. This is a car in which it is very difficult to forget focusing on the road. It's comfortable seats, its sensitive breaks, its clean dashboard... everything is so right-in-its-place that all you can do is to concentrate on the road ahead. A 4 star Euro NCAP for a station wagon built in the 90's is certainly not bad either. The 5th star is missing since it lacks the back seat passanger air bags. But still the back seats are protected by air curtains, something missing in most other cars with 4 Euro NCAP stars.
Starting to be built in the mid 90's its still a car that catches the attention of passer by's and for a car designed more than 10 years ago, this is certainly not bad.
As it goes, BMW-owners are people that need something that will make them look fancy, Mercedes-owners are people that need to look rich, Volvo owners are people that don't need to look anything.
I've just bought a Volvo V40 1.8 SE and quite frankly I'm amazed. It wasn't my first choice at all and when the tantalizing temptations of Bavaria's finest were taken out of my price range, I started looking at alternatives. As a long term Saab man, but a lack of enthusiasm towards the products currently produced by them, I moved my attentions to Volvo. Of course there was a conflict of interests, i imagine fights between my Suzuki GS500 and the V40 breaking out in the garage at night, but I am pleased to say that for just £5500 I have got a 3 year old V40 1.8 with leather, aircon, CD player and all the toys imaginable and it purrs along like a kitten, the handling is safe but fun, the ride is a little unsettled through town but beautifully coherent on the blacktop of Britain's motorways. Fuel economy is nothing short of excellent with it returning so far 37 mpg after a fairly spirited run across the Buckinghamshire countryside and the comfort levels for what is, essentially a Mondeo competitor, are nothing short of excellent. From it's 1.8 Renault derived 16v engine it pulls cleanly and whilst it could never be described as a fast car, it keeps it's head above water with a 0-100KMh (62mph) or 10.2s and a top speed of just over 120mph. The gearbox is precise, even after 70000 miles and the engine feels tight, yet nicely flexible. So if you want to avoid the identikit products of Ford, VW, BMW, Mercedes, Vauxhall (snigger) and the French, go for the Volvo, you'll be glad you did!
We were looking for a shooting brake that was fast, comfortable and looked good. We considered the Peugeot (dull and uninspiring inside), the Fiat Marea (good but too mass produced), the BMW 3 - too much money for the product - and a number of others. On quality of build, accelaration, cabin comfort and particularly looks (and who says we don't buy cars for emotional reasons?) the Volvo won. After 10,000 kilometres with it driving throuh Italy - where we live - Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic we are more than happy. It holds the road well, corners flatly and cruises happily at 140 - 160 kph. Haveen't worked out the petrol consumption but seems good for a 2 litre. It is front wheel drive which takes getting used to and has a tendency to stall when turning and starting off at the same time, however we hope the dealer will fix that.