Used Volvo XC40: reliability to watch out for

The Volvo XC40 joined the Swedish automaker’s vehicle lineup for the 2019 model year and has since been scorching the XC60 for the title of top seller.

It’s an attractive and frankly convincing product, particularly in terms of its safety, its nicely appointed interior and its superior comfort to that of an Audi Q3, for example, whether in terms of seats or ride.

The ideal for consumers choosing a brand new example is a lease or purchase and resale after four years, the length of Volvo’s vehicle and powertrain warranty.

Why? Because long-term reliability is more of a concern when you look at Volvo’s history. The brand finds itself year after year among the worst according to the firm JD Power. In addition, the two big brothers of the XC40, namely the XC60 and the XC90, are regulars in the ranking of the least reliable models of Consumer Reports.

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By consulting the site of the latter, we discover a satisfaction rate of owners of 4 out of 5 with regard to the XC40, but only 3 out of 5 for reliability. It doesn’t do better than average. Its main problematic points are the brakes as well as the electrical and electronic systems, but various mechanisms (doors, locks, belts, seats, sunroof) are also regularly the subject of complaints.

If you are interested in purchasing a used Volvo XC40, it will likely remain part of the original manufacturer’s warranty, but an extended warranty would definitely be worth considering. Also, opt for a certified example, see inspection and history reports (CARFAX), then check that all safety recalls are corrected, especially those relating to the brake pedal and the anti-lock system.

For lack of being more reliable than a Lexus UX, for example, the XC40 gets a higher score in several other categories and deserves some attention.

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