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.
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The worst car I have ever had and I have had 17 new cars to date ,plus a number of second hand ones. It started blowing 12v sockets, 3 in first 2 weeks, then the engine virtually came apart on the motorway, new engine fitted, then electrical glitches, and never put everything together again properly. The exhaust came loose, DSTC went on the bung, was in 3 times to get it fixed and is at present having a new clutch fitted.

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 2/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Required a new cylinder head @ 85000 miles and a complete new engine @ 145000 miles. Also starting / battery problem that the garage could not trace for weeks and aircon & other failures. This model is the third I have owned and by far the worse. I am convinced that Volvo's are no longer built to last and do not deserve their long lasting reputation any more.

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

Badly designed - central electronics module is situated beneath the windscreen water trap. Strangely water often enters the unit causing strange electrical faults at best and immobilization at worst. With a £1189 repair bill that Volvo up to now refuse to assist with despite this being a design fault contrary to the Sales of Goods act.

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

Very practical versatile vehicle, great performance and good mpg when not towing. Suffered a number of mechanical faults and has annoying points like poor turning circle, visibility when parking in tight spaces, and removable tow bar mount is very low and often touches the ground.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

In the time that I have owned this car, I have needed only a set of tyres and to headlamp bulbs (dipped), and that is with amixed use of general driving and towing a touring caravan (superbly). Nominal. minimal maintenance is required outside the scheduled servicing.

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

Only problem is an annoying electrical problem where the engine cuts out and then kicks back in again straight away. no one has got to the bottom of this problem so far! All parts available either from main dealer (expensive) or oem retailer which is better value.

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

Substantial build, real "feel good" motoring. Carries big loads, tows the caravan well, keeps going in slippery conditions (4WD). remarkably economical. A fine all round car but some parts fail too early in life and dealers can be indifferent and very expensive.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Only had one problem, water ingress into the electronics, played havoc with the car and took 10 days to sort under warranty. Achieve over 48 mpg no matter what my average driving style is, good for such a big car.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Only a rear door lock problem in almost 4 years and dealer replaced free of charge even though just outside warranty. Service costs at volvo are too high, 12,500 mile service intervals is too frequent.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2002-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Diesel ejectors have had to be replaced (a common problem I understand) and handbrake constantly needs adjusting. Most driving is done on main rods commuting and at 50/60 mph consumption is fair.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems except for one minor electrical issue repaired under warranty. Tyres expensive. fuel consumption generally acceptable, but surprisingly economical on long motorway runs.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Never ever had a problem with it. Anything from volvo is a hideous cost inc their labour charges so, I use other garages.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

At 51,000 miles just had cylinder head gasket replaced due to minor water leak. 0.5ltr in 3000 miles. Fuel only.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems at all since I purchased this. It's a volvo so I would expect to pay slightly more for volvo parts.

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 5/5
52-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Excellent in most respects but suspension problems, fuel consumption terrible, and large turning circle.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Only one minor electical problem. About 34mpg around town, but excellent over 45 mpg on long journies.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Blown xenon bulb and failed ignition switch in 6 months. Parts as expected but a bit heavy on petrol.

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

Very reliable. Have very few problems. Always buy S/H with full service history at Volvo Garage.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never had any problems and runs well. As an automatic it is slightly more thirsty than a manual.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Epg has been the only problem. Service about ł200 and tyres about ł85 each every 20,000.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Not had it very long but has been 100% reliable to date. Very economical for a big car.

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

In7 years I have had no problems at all. Servicing at volvo garages is too expensive.

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

Never had a problem with it. For the size and engine size I am happy with the mpg.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Never given me any problems. Franchised dealers are a bunch of rip off merchants.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Perfect apart from egr valve. Apart from servicing and egr valve most reliable.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No mechanical problems in 3 years. Servicing and fuel have been the only costs.

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

obviously to complex for volvo to repair car still in workshop after 8 weeks

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Drive belt pulley failed at 68,000bolts on fuel injector failed at 78,00

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Had no problems to date. As expected(having owned previous volvo's.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Aircon faulty - should last forever. satnav faulty - poor! .

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2004-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Have not had any major problems. Reasonable cost to service.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Automatic transmission problems. Reasonable.

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

Solid, reliable and a great family car

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

One problem fixed under warrantee

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2000-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Faultless. Reasonable.

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

EXCELLENT

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

Excellent

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

The Best

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5