Winter Pack with Heated Front Windscreen, Heated Front Seats, Headlight Cleaning System and Auto Rain Sensing Wipers. Nav Plus Pack with Sensus Navigation with European Mapping and Lifetime Annual Map Updates. Intellisafe Pro Pack with Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Aid with Driver Alert Control including Forward Collision Warning. Active High Beam and Road Sign Information Display, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Collision Mitigation, Rear Parking Camera and Sensus Connect with High Performance Sound, 7inch Colour Display Screen. 1x DVD and Hard Disc Drive for Music Storage. Individual options included are Keyless Drive with Keyless Entry and Start with Personal Car Communicator, Front Park Assist Sensors, Volvo On Call with App and Privacy Glass to Rear Windows. All these options are on top of the standard features of the R Design model which include Rear Park Assist Sensors, Active TFT Crystal Driver's Information Display, Speed Limiter, Auto Folding Power Door Mirrors with Ground Lights, High Performance Sound Audio System with DAB Radio, USB Port and 8 Speakers, Leather Steering Wheel Remote Audio Controls with Height and Reach Adjustable Steering Column, Hill Start Assist, Dynamic Chassis, 17 Inch Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels with Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. Key Integrated Remote Control Central Locking including Fuel Flap with Deadlocking System and Auto Open and Close Power Windows, Home Safe and Approach Lighting, Frameless Rear View Mirror, R Design Sports Floor Mats, Height Adjustable Driver Seat with Lumbar Support, LED Headlights incorporating Day Running Lights, Power Adjustable and Heated Door Mirrors, City Safety with Pedestrian Protection, Electronic Climate Control Air Conditioning, Intelligent Driver Information System, ISOFIX Attachment to Rear Seats, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control including Advanced Stability Control and Torque Vectoring, Anti Theft Alarm including Immobiliser.
Diesel 78.5 combined MPG
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This is a high spec V40 R Design, so not only looks great, but has the specification credentials to back up those looks. With Adaptive Cruise Control & Lane Keeping it's great for motorways too!
CO2: 94 g/km
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Front and rear electric windows, Rear wiper
ABS+EBA, DSTC-Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, Hill start assist
Sports floor mats
Speed limiter, Speed sensitive steering
Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display, Information centre, Intelligent driver information system (IDIS), Sensus navigation system, Service interval indicator
Automatic folding door mirrors with ground lights, Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, Matt silver finish door mirrors
Stealth aluminium trim
Diesel particulate filter
DAB Digital radio
Exterior Body Features
Body colour bumpers, Body colour door handles, Dual exhaust pipes, Rear diffuser, Roof spoiler, Silk metal window trim surround, Visible VIN plate
Adaptive brake lights, Automatic headlights, Headlamp levelling, High level LED brake light, Home safe and approach lighting, LED daytime running lights, LED Headlights
Electronic climate control (ECC), Pollen filter
12V socket in front + rear tunnel console, Adjustable front centre armrest, Charcoal headlining, Door sill tread plates, Flexible load floor and grocery bag holder, Front cupholders, Front storage box, Height/reach adjustable steering column, Illuminated gear knob, Leather steering wheel with chrome inserts, Load cover, Lockable glovebox, Rear armrest with cupholder, Sports pedals, Steering wheel audio controls, Ticket holder
Footwell lights, Front door step lamp, Front reading lights, Rear reading lights, Rear theatre lighting, Theatre dimming interior lights
5 x 3 point seatbelts, City safety braking system, Drivers knee airbag, Dual stage driver's airbag, Dual stage passenger airbag, Front/rear seatbelt pre-tensioners, Inflatable curtain, Passenger airbag cut-off device, Pedestrian airbag system, Side airbags, Side curtain airbags, Side impact protection, Tyre pressure monitor, Warning triangle
5 headrests, 60/40 split folding rear seat, Front sports seats, Isofix attachments on rear seats, WHIPS - Whiplash Protection System
Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor, Deadlocking system, Key integrated remote control central locking, Locking wheel nuts
Illuminated driver/passenger vanity mirrors
Wheels - Spare
Tyre sealant kit
|Badge Engine CC:||2.0|
|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Description:||D2 |
|Coin Series:||R Design Nav Plus|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||18E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||8|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||3|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||98|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||75|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||5|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||88|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||100|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||COMMON RAIL|
|Number of Valves:||8|
|EC Combined (mpg):||61.4|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||70.6|
|EC Urban (mpg):||49.6|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max:||5.7|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min:||5|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max:||5.8|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min:||5.1|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max:||4.8|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min:||4.2|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max:||6.5|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min:||6|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max:||6.1|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min:||5.4|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max:||49.6|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min:||56.5|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max:||48.7|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min:||55.4|
|WLTP - MPG - High - Max:||58.9|
|WLTP - MPG - High - Min:||67.3|
|WLTP - MPG - Low - Max:||43.5|
|WLTP - MPG - Low - Min:||47.1|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max:||46.3|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min:||52.3|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||10.6|
|Engine Power - BHP:||120|
|Engine Power - KW:||88|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||3750|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||207|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||28.6|
|Engine Torque - NM:||280|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||1500|
|Emissions Test Cycle:||NEDC Correlated|
|Tyre Size Front:||225/45 R17|
|Tyre Size Rear:||225/45 R17|
|Tyre Size Spare:||TYRE REPAIR KIT|
|Wheel Style:||IXION III|
|Wheel Type:||17" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||N|
|Width (including mirrors):||2041|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||62|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||1980|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1032|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||402|
|Max. Loading Weight:||516|
|Max. Roof Load:||75|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||1500|
|Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:||700|
|No. of Seats:||5|
In the improved V40 premium compact hatch, Volvo has at last produced a properly sporty car. Specify it in R-Design trim and it can look exactly that. Jonathan Crouch reports
Sportiness doesn't have a great deal to do with power. Some of the worst sporting family-sized cars often pack quite a lot under the bonnet, then flounder when presented with a twisting country road. But to the surprise of some observers, Volvo's V40 has proved to be a satisfying drive, even in its humblest guises. The kind of car indeed, that begs to be dressed appropriately, perhaps with the R-Design trim package that Volvo expects over 25% of UK customers to choose.
Just because running costs prevent you from owning a truly potent hot hatch doesn't mean you can't own a car that looks like one. And even better, something that walks the walk as well as talking the talk. Something like Volvo's improved V40. This is the brand's first truly impressive, truly dynamic compact car - something which is hardly surprising perhaps given that it rides upon the underpinnings of the best handling family hatch on the planet, Ford's Focus. Here we're looking at the R-Design trim package that emphasises the way that this car can reward like no small Swedish model before it. A package that both outside and in, aims to make its owner feel special. Whichever, after all, is what buying a premium-badged compact family hatch really should be all about. You can specify it with any of the engines in the V40 range. And if you do so, you'll probably still end up paying less than you would for more basic-looking rival models from BMW, Audi and Mercedes. A potentially tempting prospect.
We could have opted for any variant in the improved V40 range in evaluating this R-Design package. In the event, we settled on a drive in the 190bhp D4 diesel model, good for sixty from rest in just 7.4s on the way to a 143mph maximum. Like other models in the line-up, it delivers a very good compromise indeed of absorbent ride and assured handling composure, even if - or perhaps especially if - you don't go for the optional Sports chassis set-up. Engine-wise, most potential V40 diesel customers will probably be quite happy with one of the lesser V40 diesels, either the 120bhp D2 or the 150bhp D3. Both get the brand's latest Drive-E 2.0-litre engines. In the entry-level D2 it's no ball of fire of course - 62mph takes 10.5s on the way to 118mph - but it's as fast as most will need it to be. Low mileage buyers need to factor in the possibility of petrol power too, especially if they don't like the rather clattery diesel noise you get on start-up. T2 and T3 variants use a 2.0-litre four cylinder 'Drive-E' unit in manual form - and rather curious, a 1.5-litre unit if you order them in automatic form. Either way, the power outputs are the same, T2 and T3 variants resectively putting out either 122 or 152bhp. The T3 is good for sixty in 8.3s on the way to 130mph. If that's not enough, there's a flagship T5 model putting out 245bhp, good to flash past sixty in 6.4s en route to 149mph.
So, what will set your V40 apart if you opt for it in R-Design trim? Well, let's start outside where there's a silk-metal framed high-gloss grille with re-profiled front bumper and daytime running lights. The sporty stance is further enhanced with an ironstone rear diffuser, silk-metal finished details, twin exhaust tailpipes and five-spoke diamond-cut 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the interior gets a TFT instrument display, a sports steering wheel, sports pedals and unique aluminium inlays. The seats feature a blend of black Nubuck textile and perforated leather, crowned by an embroidered R-Design logo with a blue "R". Full leather seats are available as an option. Those wishing to further enhance their vehicle can upgrade to the R-Design Lux level which adds additional features, such as embossed full leather-faced upholstery, active bending xenon headlights with headlight cleaning system, a rain sensor, cruise control, keyless start and rear theatre lighting. This facelifted V40 gets a smarter front end, courtesy of the addition of revised LED headlamps that feature the so-called 'Thor's Hammer' style that's already been seen in the brand's larger XC90, S90 and V90 series models. A smarter grille mesh completes the more confident look. And inside? Well the idea is that, like IKEA furniture, this cabin should be typically Scandinavian, comfortable, simple, intuitive and visually pleasing. And broadly it is. Cabin space is fine and there's a 335-litre boot.
There's a premium of just over £2,000 to order the R-Design package on your V40. That means a V40 D2 diesel, a car that would normally demand around £21,000 from you, could in this guise set you back just under £26,000 if you opted for the 'Lux Nav' variant. At the other end of the scale, a top V40 R-Design T5 Geartronic Lux Nav variant will need a budget of around £32,000. Essentially, what you need to know is that even with R-Design included, this car can still undercut comparable versions of German-badged rivals like BMW's 1 Series, Audi's A3 and Mercedes' A-Class. As well as the interior and exterior R-Design package niceties, all V40s already come decently equipped. Whichever model you choose, it'll come complete with electronic climate control that also cools the glovebox, plus leather-trim for the gear knob and for a steering wheel that has audio controls for an eight speaker stereo with USB and iPod inputs, operable via the same 5-inch colour screen you can use to set up the Bluetooth connection for your 'phone. Safety-wise, there's a world first - an under-bonnet airbag that springs out to protect pedestrian in the event of an impact. Plus of course, you get all the usual basics. That means dual-stage front airbags on both sides, side airbags, a knee 'bag for the driver, inflatable curtains, ISOFIX childseat fastenings, a Roll-Over Protection system, the WHIPS anti-whiplash system and, to hopefully make sure you'll never need all that, the DSTC Dynamic Stability and Traction Control system, the usual ABS braking assistance, Corner Traction Control, Engine Drag Control to stop the wheels from locking during engine braking on a slippery surface and even a Trailer Stability Assist system if you've fitted a towbar. If you want the safest car in the family hatchback class, you're looking at it right here.
If you want the reason why more than 60% of all UK V40 customers will end up buying the least powerful 120bhp D2 diesel variant, then you don't have to look far to find it. This model is capable of a headline-grabbing 78.5mpg on the combined cycle and a 94g/km of CO2 reading that'll side-steps the need for road tax and payment of the London congestion charge. Step up to the 150bhp D3 and it's not as if you've entered a world of big bills either. That averages 74.3mpg and emits a mere 99g/km of CO2, figures identical to those in the 190bhp D4. And the 2.0-litre petrol models? Well both 122bhp T2 and 152bhp T3 models average around 52mpg on the combined cycle and put out not much more than 127g/km of CO2, the kind of figures you'd have expected from a good diesel not so very long ago. Don't expect those kinds of returns from the thirsty five cylinder T5 variant though, a car that'll make you pay much more heavily for your pleasure, the CO2 figure rising to 137g/km.
R-Design is a trim package that Volvo has used on plenty of its models in recent years. But with these cars, the sporty looks have often flattered to deceive when it came to the need for a dynamic driving experience. Not here. Careful development of this car's dynamic Focus-inspired underpinnings has left us with a car that even an enthusiast might enjoy. This improved V40 doesn't enjoy a huge price advantage over its German rivals but at the end of the day, it's likely that the deal you'll be offered on one will still leave enough room to specify your car with the R-Design treatment and still get away with a total asking figure that looks tempting in comparison with a rival 1 Series, A3 or A-Class. A car you'd be proud to have on your driveway. If you haven't previously considered buying a Volvo in this segment, then this package might well be enough to make you think again.
Volvo's five-door V40 has proved to be a credible entrant in the premium compact hatch sector against cars like BMW's 1 Series and Audi's A3. Now it's been facelifted and made even more efficient. Jonathan Crouch reports.
As with most things in life, the best products take what seems a complicated bunch of requirements and reduce them to something very simple and elegant. The improved, facelifted Volvo V40 is just such a car. The Swedish company has built a premium five-door family hatch that looks great, drives well, makes sense on the balance sheet and which has an amazing amount of safety equipment built into it. It really is as good as it looks, especially with a set of highly efficient 'Drive-E' engines beneath the bonnet.
Traditionally, Volvos have been better when they've been bigger. It's not that the Swedish brand hasn't tried its hardest with compact, more affordable models. On the contrary, it has a heritage in such designs stretching all the way back to the PV51 of 1936. None though has been what you'd call desirable, unless for you, desire is a virtue that's safe, solid and sensible. Here though, is a car that is. The improved V40 premium family hatch. Despite the 'V' designation, traditionally used by the brand to reference estate cars, this is a Focus-sized family hatch - but a rather posh one, aimed at the top end of this segment where you'll find premium models like BMW's 1 Series, Audi's A3 and the Mercedes A-Class. It's job is to take on these elite rivals, a task that's been made easier since the introduction of a series of petrol and diesel engines from Volvo's efficient 'Drive-E' range. Now the car's been smartly facelifted too. Let's check it out.
Here's a hatch clearly developed by people who care about driving and it delivers a very good compromise indeed of absorbent ride and assured handling composure. So much so that I've begun to question the 'less is more' mantra I tend to apply to the brand's other models when it comes to engine output. There's not much point in having loads of power in a car that handles like a pudding. This one though, can cope with a bit more, which is why it's worth opting for the fastest of the three diesel engines on offer, the 190bhp D4. Rest to 62mph here takes 7.4s en route to 143mph. All the diesel units available are now from the brand's frugal 'Drive-E' family of engines, all 2.0-litre units. The D3 develops 150bhp, while the entry-level D2 manages 120bhp. Low mileage buyers need to factor in the possibility of petrol power too, especially if they don't like the rather clattery diesel noise you get on start-up. This option is particularly worth considering now that Volvo has extended its 'Drive-E' engine family down into lower-powered models. Manual gearbox T2, T3 and T4 variants use this technology allied with 2.0-litre power, generating either 122, 152 or 190bhp. Rather curiously, if you opt for either the T3 or T4 derivatives with an automatic gearbox, you get a completely different 1.5-litre engine, though its still just as powerful and efficient. At the top of the range, the T5 variant already had 'Drive-E' 2.0-litre technology, in this case allied only with an 8-speed automatic gearbox and putting out a lusty 245bhp. Go for the 'Cross Country' model and there's the option of AWD traction for this variant too.
This facelifted V40 gets a smarter front end, courtesy of the addition of revised LED headlamps that feature the so-called 'Thor's Hammer' style that's already been seen in the brand's larger XC90, S90 and V90 series models. A smarter grille mesh completes the more confident look. As before, the V40 has a relatively low and sleek bonnet line: that's because courtesy of a unique under-bonnet airbag, it doesn't have to leave an under-bonnet void to meet pedestrian impact legislation. So the bonnet line can be much lower, part of a lean, wide coupe-like stance in a shape very slightly longer and wider than rival BMW 1 Series or Audi A3 models. Pleasantly different then, an observation equally applicable in the cabin. Of course it needs to be good if sales are to be stolen from rival German prestige-badged contenders, a tough assignment tackled with an unpretentious 'Designed Around You' philosophy epitomised by a beautifully positioned infotainment screen that, once you've figured out its complicated menus, enables you to deal with audio, navigation, 'phone and other functions almost without taking your eyes off the road. The idea is that, like IKEA furniture, this cabin should be typically Scandinavian, comfortable, simple, intuitive and visually pleasing. And broadly it is. Cabin space is fine and there's a 335-litre boot.
As before, prices sit in the £20,000 to £35,000 bracket. Buyers also get the option of finding a £1,000 model-for-model premium for the 'Cross Country' variants with their SUV-style bodystyling. To put the V40's overall pricing into perspective, for one of these, you're looking at a comparable model-for-model premium of around £1,500 over what you'd pay for a mainstream Focus or Astra in the family hatchback sector. It's not these cars that Volvo is really targeting with the V40 though. The brand would prefer to be stealing sales from much posher so-called 'premium' compact hatches, cars like the BMW 1 Series, the Audi A3 and the Mercedes A-Class. That's quite a big ask as this V40's pricing isn't really much different to any of these cars. What is different though, is the spec you get as part of the deal. All models come with alloy wheels, electronic climate control that also cools the glovebox, plus leather-trim for the gear knob and for a steering wheel that has audio controls for an eight speaker stereo with USB and iPod inputs, operable via the same 5-inch colour screen you can use to set up the Bluetooth connection for your 'phone. This display can also use Volvo's Sensus infotainment and navigation system. Within the range, you can also opt for a 'Cross Country' trim level, offering mildly SUV-style looks for a modest premium. Either way, safety-wise, there's a world first - an under-bonnet airbag that springs out to protect pedestrian in the event of an impact. Plus of course, you get all the usual basics. That means dual-stage front airbags on both sides, side airbags, a knee 'bag for the driver, inflatable curtains, ISOFIX childseat fastenings, a Roll-Over Protection system, the WHIPS anti-whiplash system and, to hopefully make sure you'll never need all that, the DSTC Dynamic Stability and Traction Control system, the usual ABS braking assistance, Corner Traction Control, Engine Drag Control to stop the wheels from locking during engine braking on a slippery surface and even a Trailer Stability Assist system if you've fitted a towbar. If you want the safest car in the family hatchback class, you're looking at it right here.
If you want the reason why more than 60% of all UK V40 customers will end up buying the least powerful 120bhp D2 diesel variant, then you don't have to look far to find it. This model is capable of a headline-grabbing 83.1mpg on the combined cycle and an 89g/km of CO2 reading that'll side-steps the need for road tax and payment of the London congestion charge. I should point out that the super-frugal returns I'm talking about only apply if this V40 is fitted with an appropriately weedy set of wheels and tyres. Bigger sizes have quite an impact on those figures, so be warned. Step up to the 150bhp D3 and it's not as if you've entered a world of big bills either. That averages 74.3mpg and emits a mere 99g/km of CO2. I'd be looking at the 190bhp 2.0-litre D4 variant though. Like its two lesser-powered range stablemates, this diesel uses Volvo's clever 'Drive-E' technology to achieve an impressive 99g/km of CO2 and 74.3mpg on the combined cycle. The same technology allows the 2.0-litre 245bhp petrol automatic T5 variant to 137g/km of CO2 and a combined fuel figure of 47.9mpg. And the more affordable petrol models? Well both the 120bhp T2 and the 150bhp T3 get latest-generation Drive-E technology in 2.0-litre form when equipped with a manual gearbox. In automatic guise though, they come with 1.5-litre units that are still notably clean and frugal, both managing 51.4mpg on the combined cycle and 129g/km of CO2.
With the V40, Volvo has brought its brand up to date - and continues to do so. More fashionable styling clothes some serious safety in a very assured piece of design further improved by Volvo's own 'Drive-E' 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines. Gothenburg has taken on the Germans before - but never like this. In the premium compact hatch segment, only BMW's 1 Series can out-handle this car - and that's only because of its rear wheel drive, a layout Volvo thinks is better suited to Silverstone than Surbiton. In any case, careful development of this car's dynamic Focus-inspired underpinnings has left us with a car an enthusiast might still enjoy. Which is a surprise. But then, much about this car is. Efficient yet characterful, stylish yet sensible, it ought to appeal far beyond Volvo's core customer base. It ought to, but it may not. BMW, Audi, Mercedes - even Alfa Romeo customers: they're all pretty parochial. They shouldn't be. A drive in one of these would blow away quite a few prejudices. Whoever would have thought it?
June Neary is surprised by Volvo's premium compact hatch, the V40
I've never really seen myself as a Volvo owner. But then, I've never really seen a compact car from this brand that I'd really want to own. Until now. The latest version of the brand's V40 premium compact hatch aims to do battle with cars like Audi's A3 and BMW's 1 Series. And I thought it sat very snugly in my driveway..
With this Volvo, the idea is that, like IKEA furniture, the cabin should be typically Scandinavian, comfortable, simple, intuitive and visually pleasing. Even my kids thought it was. This facelifted V40 gets a smarter front end, courtesy of the addition of revised LED headlamps that feature the so-called 'Thor's Hammer' style that's already been seen in the brand's larger XC90, S90 and V90 series models. A smarter grille mesh completes the more confident look. As for practicalities, well yes, the storage space on offer is certainly better by some rivals (the door bins are tiny for example), some of the stalks could feel a bit more substantial and the trademark 'floating' centre console has rather too many small buttons on it, but these details apart, the overall effect is far more successful than anything Volvo has managed to date, the eye drawn to slick (but unfortunately optional) detailing such as the frameless rear view mirror and the translucent gear selector. One of the nicest touches that's worth shelling out a little extra for is the hi-tech TFT instrument display. With the flick of a switch, you can choose between three different dial layouts - an green back-lit 'eco' setting to help you drive more economically, a red back-lit 'performance' mode to better suit for spirited driving and the more usual amber back-lit 'elegance' setting for more comfort-orientated day-to-day motoring. I'd also want to tick the box for the lovely 'theatre lighting' which can be adjusted through seven mood themes, from red to blue. You can get carried away with things like this and forget more crucial considerations. The seats for example. It's remarkable how little importance we attach to the things we'll be sitting on in our cars, given that we'll be spending many hundreds or thousands of hours in the things, and down the years Volvo has quietly earned a reputation for making the comfiest chairs in the business. This V40 continues that form line with what have to be the most supportive yet wonderfully pillowy seats in the family hatch sector.
You don't usually buy a Volvo to corner on your door handles. Even so, I was expecting an assured performance at the wheel, given that this car has Ford Focus underpinnings. All the diesel units available are now from the brand's frugal 'Drive-E' family of engines, all 2.0-litre units. The D3 develops 150bhp, while the entry-level D2 manages 120bhp. I opted to try the 190bhp D4. Drive-E technology also now extends into the petrol range. Manual gearbox T2, T3 and T4 variants use this technology allied with 2.0-litre power with manual models, generating either 122, 152 or 190bhp. Rather curiously, if you opt for either the T3 or T4 derivatives with an automatic gearbox, you get a completely different 1.5-litre engine, though it's still just as powerful and efficient. At the top of the range, the T5 variant gets the 2.0-litre Drive-E engine with 245bhp and an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Go for the 'Cross Country' model and there's the option of AWD traction for this variant too.
Most V40 models are sold in the £21,000 to £25,000 bracket, though it is possible to pay over £30,000 for one if you choose the top petrol T5. There's also the option of an SUV-like 'Cross Country' bodystyle for a premium of around £1,000. That's the same sort of bracket you'd be looking at for a rival BMW 1 Series or Audi A3. Were I an owner, I'd also want to take advantage of a very clever free mobile app developed for this car. This will help you locate your V40 in a crowded car park, remotely lock or unlock the doors, tell you if the alarm's been activated, update you on fuel level and range and even give you detailed data on every trip undertaken in the last forty days. This all comes courtesy of the advanced telematics that drive the Volvo 'On Call' system, operable where satellite navigate has been specified. Via this, you can call for help in a breakdown or accident situation: in fact, the system will contact the emergency services automatically if the airbags are triggered. It'll even help the police locate your car if it's stolen. It's all part of a proactive approach to safety that really sets this car apart from its rivals, appropriate from a company that has, since its creation in 1927, prioritised safety, pioneering everything from the three-point seatbelt to side impact airbags. Today, the Gothenburg goal is that by the year 2020, no one anywhere should die or suffer serious injuries in a new Volvo car. Quite a target when you consider that at present, in China alone, around 600 people die on the roads every day. Achievable? You start to believe in it when you begin to examine the rosta of safety kit developed for V40 customers. This includes the world's first pedestrian airbag, installed beneath the bonnet to spring out and protect an unfortunate victim's head. More common safety stuff includes dual-stage front airbags on both sides, side airbags, a knee 'bag for the driver, inflatable curtains, ISOFIX childseat fastenings, a Roll-Over Protection system, the WHIPS anti-whiplash system and, to hopefully make sure you'll never need all that, the DSTC Dynamic Stability and Traction Control system, the usual ABS braking assistance, Corner Traction Control, Engine Drag Control to stop the wheels from locking during engine braking on a slippery surface and even a Trailer Stability Assist system if you've fitted a towbar. The list then, goes on and on. Also fitted to all models is a 'City Safety' system, there to avoid low speed urban accidents, courtesy of a radar system that scans the road ahead, warns you if a collision is imminent and can even brake for you at speeds of up to 31mph.
There's little doubt that the V40 is Volvo's most class-competitive model for years. My family were surprised by just how appealing it was - safe, fast, comfortable and good to drive. Like the compact German premium hatches it competes against, it's not cheap, but quality rarely is. If you've never considered a small Volvo before, then this might be the time to do it.
Mrs Penny Randall - 28/08/2019, owner of a Volvo V40 Inscription T2
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Mr John Mason - 19/07/2019, owner of a Volvo V40 T3  Inscription 5dr
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