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Set sail in the Volvo S40 (2008 May)
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Sailing feels fast, but you are actually travelling extremely slowly. This is clear back on the road when your senses find 30 mph alarmingly brisk. Volvo sponsors British Sailing and I think one or two of their designers may have become a little too ... Set sail in the Volvo S40

Smaller Volvo big on quality (2010 Jun)
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VOLVO’S S40 saloon and V50 estate have been on the market for five years but it only seems like yesterday that the cars launched.Most are front wheel drive but there are some four wheel drive V50 estates which I remember having great fun with when ... Smaller Volvo big on quality

Volvo S40 2.0 T Sport (2003 Jul)
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SOMETIMES after a road-test I struggle to muster an opinion on the car that has been subjected to my driving skills.Now I realise that doesn't sound the sort of thing a motoring journalist should admit, but bear with me on this one.Such occasions usu... Volvo S40 2.0 T Sport

Volvo offers great economy (2010 Jan)
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VOLVO'S S40 DRIVe is the economy model of the range with a 1.6-litre diesel borrowed from Peugeot and tuned for very best fuel sipping.I expected it might have pedestrian performance but I was agreeably surprised at the turn of speed it offered ... Volvo offers great economy

Volvo S40 1.8 Sport (2006 Mar)
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I WAS due to try out Volvo's latest XC90 for a week but a last minute hitch meant a sudden switch from a 4x4 to a family saloon.Any hint of disappointment was short lived when the new S40 Sport arrived at the office.The latest incarnation of this pop... Volvo S40 1.8 Sport

Volvo S40 2.5 T5 (2004 Jun)
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I OPENED the boot of the swish S40 in which my family were to go on holiday and my heart sank.The boot was big - but would it cope with the Richards' vacation luggage - given that my wife always overpacks for us and our two children.As I started load... Volvo S40 2.5 T5

Volvo S40 1.9D Sport (2003 Feb)
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DIESEL engines and Volvo cars. Not that long ago this combination would have been enough to strike fear into the heart of any style-conscious driver.In those dark days the Volvo was routinely compared to a British Army tank and ear defenders were nee... Volvo S40 1.9D Sport

Volvo S40 2.0D S (2004 Jul)
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HAVING successfully completed the conversion of its cars from those wedge-shaped, sharp-edged, dull but hugely competent conveyors of cargo and people into today's crop of pleasingly contoured road runners, Volvo is continuing to score highly at what... Volvo S40 2.0D S

Volvo S40 1.6 D SE (2005 Aug)
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OVER the past few years I've taken full advantage of cheap, no-frills air travel to visit my family in Scotland.Sick and tired of being stuck on the motorway in miles of crawling traffic, the 50-minute flight to Edinburgh is now the preferred option.... Volvo S40 1.6 D SE

Volvo S40 2.4i SE (2004 May)
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WE BRITS just love high spec compact saloons. And if they have a prestige badge, all the better.It is this attraction that has led to the amazing success of the BMW 3-Series over here and the bevy of models that have followed suit such as Audi A4, Le... Volvo S40 2.4i SE

Volvo S40 2.0D SE (2004 Jul)
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WHEN the new range of Volvo S40s was introduced to the press last autumn there was a heavy emphasis placed on the high speed sporting versions.Sure, the topline T5 would crack 150mph and the 2.4i was whisper quiet and good for an impressive 137mph.Bu... Volvo S40 2.0D SE

Volvo sold to China – impact on UK prices? (2010 Mar)
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It was announced at the end of last week, that subject to many Governments approving the deal, Ford will hand over the keys to Volvo and China’s Geely will start building the most comfortably driving experience available to the average man. Wh... Volvo sold to China – impact on UK prices?

Volvo S40 1.8 SE (2006 Mar)
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VOLVO has come a long way since the square box design that became almost a way of life for the country set.At one time you could count on the fingers of one hand the number of Volvo estates you saw without a black labrador staring from the rear windo... Volvo S40 1.8 SE

Volvo S40 T5 R-Design Sport (2008 Feb)
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SWEDISH car designers have often overdone the Scandinavian-cool bit but you warm to the Volvo S40 T5 at first glance.There's a most graceful profile, with an elegant, fastback-style roofline sweeping down to a big boot-lid spoiler, while elsewhere th... Volvo S40 T5 R-Design Sport

Used model profile: Volvo V40 (2008 May)
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Volvo V40 1996 - 2004   2.0 Stats Top speed: 127mph 0-60mph: 9.7 seconds Economy: 34.9 mpg NCAP: N/a (but it is a Volvo) Why Buy: It is a very well styled and handsome, compact estate car. Unlike many so-called lifestyle vehicles it is ac... Used model profile: Volvo V40

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Buying a high mileage Volvo S40 (2010 Apr)
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Hi, I am replacing a Peugeot 306TD. I like the Volvo S40, but with a Budget of £1400, I'm limited to higher mileage examples. What would be considered too high a mileage for an S40? Does the mileage matter if the service history is up to date?... Buying a high mileage Volvo S40

Charging review welcomed by Volvo (2010 May)
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VOLVO is taking the credit for triggering a review of the congestion charging scheme in London. The Swedish car firm has been calling for a change in the regulations which it claimed were out of date. Under the current rules, drivers of alternative f... Charging review welcomed by Volvo

Value for money (2008 Jan)
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I will soon be getting a company car. I have a choice of: A new Mondeo or Focus, Volvo S40 or V50, VW Passat or Golf, BMW 1 series or Audi A3. What would you recommend the best car to have for comfort & extras included in the car as standard, a... Value for money

Peugeot tops for reliability (2011 Mar)
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THE Peugeot 207 has been named as Europe’s most reliable car in an analysis of more than 20,000 vehicles.The French built hatch topped the list of models in a reliability index drawn up by Warranty Direct.Of the 20,000 policies examined by Warranty D... Peugeot tops for reliability

Sporty look for Volvo estates (2011 Feb)
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THERE has been a flurry of activity in the Volvo camp with the launch of the V60, a dynamic estate or sportswagon as it is now termed, aimed at those who want coupé styling and driving enjoyment but with added versatility and carrying capacity.Based ... Sporty look for Volvo estates

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