Yes, V40 estate. Not the latest model but been very happy with it, I have found it to be very reliable. Serviced yearly though not by Volvo as its a 2003 model. Fingers crossed it has never failed me. The specs are good for the price I believe. Don't expect to upgrade for a while yet.
My prejudice goes back to the days when young mums had to take the kid to school in a giant Volvo740 estate because it was safe. Much like they have to do now I suppose in Range Rovers. Probably much the same as any modern car on safety issues these days.
Don't let me put you off, probably good cars, the ones in woolwells link were not that ugly if you are happy to carry the stigma:-))
Just joking anyway, buy whatever car you wish and can afford as most of us do.