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.

Despite Volvo’s naming convention making this technically an estate car, the V40’s practicality is pilloried by owners, coming 169th of 200 cars in the 2015 Driver Power survey.

It dents an otherwise fine performance, with owners loving the car’s reliability, low running costs and, particularly, seat comfort, which is best-in-class and 4th of all cars in the survey. It’s a modern feeling car too, rated well for technology – safety in particular. Finally, handling is well liked by owners, though it's not as comfortable as bigger Volvos, says our survey. 

Overall average:
4.5695
91.39%
Average score from Driver Power
Relialibity:
4.83
96.6%
Average score from Driver Power
Build Quality:
4.71
94.2%
Average score from Driver Power
W-reg Petrol, Owner for

I bought the car as a workhorse to save my Renault Clio 182 from racking up the miles. I've since sold the Clio and have yet to replace it with something interesting. The Volvo however, is a worthy car for carrying out day-to-day motoring duties, with a good turn of speed and offers reliable, dependable service!

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2003-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Have only had one small problem with suspension joint wear which is pretty good for a 10 year old car! Service every 9 months at local non-franchise garage, very little expense apart from that, tyres last well.

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

The car is still new, but I expect excellent reliability, as I own another volvo (10 years old now ) and have had 9 volvos over the years. Still new, but going by my previous volvos, it's much better.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
Y-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

Good, reliable small estate and comfortable for short or long journeys. Particularly economical on longer journeys. Still looks pretty good for its age and mileage.

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

reliable, safe, decent size boot and feels well made. fuel consumption not great, so wish I had bought the diesel version.

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

Overall, a good car, comfortable ride and good reliability. Nothing exceptional but nothing bad either.

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

Satisfied with fuel consumption for the type of journeys made.

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

reliable & practical motoring suited to my needs

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
R-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Unbelievably reliable given the mileage!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
02-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

Safe, practical and reliable.

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

No problems so far

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

a good allrounder

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5