Auto Express's reliability ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
52-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

A really good alternative to the oh so common 3 series or A4 and in most cases a damn sight quicker, roomier and more comfortable. Superb reliability only let down by a niggly habit of blowing rear bulbs. Servicing a bit higher than I expected but given the overall feel of the car not too scary. Overall a real pleasure to have owned which is why it is now the longest serving car in my driving career by over 12mths and with no immediate intention to sell.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
51-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Has shrugged off 152,000 miles, and apart from a minor fault with the indicator stalk, hasn't missed a beat in two years of hard use. I know people with far newer, lower mileage, and arguably more "prestige" cars who don't enjoy build quality and reliability like this. Rubbish low speed ride and turning circle, so-so economy. Otherwise a very hard car to fault.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

All aspects of the car score pretty high, for me. This is spoilt by the ridiculous servicing costs (bearing in mind the reliabiliy bit) and small but annoying design 'features' , the rake of the back window for example, simply refuses to allow rain to run off, meaning that it very quickly becomes impossible to see out of (not great in bad weather)

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
54-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

My S60 has been nothing short of excellent, its armchair like seats and generous equipment levels make my commute to work a pleasure rather than a chore. A solid car that returns good levels of fuel consumption and one that does not have a pretentious image surrounding it such as a Mercedes or BMW, understated luxury!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

superb, had the car chipped so performance is now great (225bhp) and economy better than standard. Seats are the best i,ve sat in and would buy another volvo again, love it. The only problem has been with a parking sensor which was fixed under warranty.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

I chose a volvo because they are reliable and because of the distances I travel, I need a car that can take the big miles and not break down,. For the size of engine I was expecting the mileage that I get so I am happy with what it does.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Absolutely no problems. The few accessories I bought after purchase were a bit expensive but otherwise fuel consumption is very good for a large and powerful car and I bought the three year servicing package with the car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
53-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Expected Volvo solid quality and build. Ride is a bit harsh with 17" wheels fitted to the SE model. Automatic transmission is slow to change up when cold. Petrol consumption is quite high.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2002-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Typically volvo its reliable except the frontwheeldrive wich is its weak point. Typically volvo - reliable but uses more fuel than necessary (except new volvos of course).

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Two things went wrong. cruise control sensor failed (common s60 fault) and cd player jammed, again an s60 fault. Pretty good, fuel very good despite hard use.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Superb long-distance cruiser with excellent an economy/performance mix and all the safety, comfort and reliability you'd expect from Volvo.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Brilliant. Does everything I need, reliably, safely and economically.
Volvo. Does what it says on the tin!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
53-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Been v reliable and am pleased I bought it but would not buy again because of back seats and poor boot.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good reliable car, well built,comfortable and a joy to drive!,and I,m not a Volvo agent!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
51-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Reliable, well-appointed but unexciting. Drives well particularly on motorway journeys

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Never had a problem with any volvo car. Costs are always in line with expectations.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It's reliable. The cost of fuel, not the cars fault but the goverment charges.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Cept for recent engine management system problemok so far ex

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Have not yet had a problem

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Reliable, good image

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
52-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

best I've ever had

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
03-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Faultless

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5