The most popular car in the Volvo range, the V40 delivers a refined driving experience and commendable fuel economy, as well as a superb range of safety equipment. This stylish family hatchback is available in four trim levels, from Momentum to R-Design Pro.
A striking Matte Dark Grey radiator grille adorns the V40’s front end and a sporty spoiler attracts attention to its rear fascia. Smart, lightweight and hard-wearing 16-inch alloy wheels, power-adjustable and heated door mirrors, LED headlights, daytime running lights and a high-mounted LED brake light are all standard inclusions.
Inscription grades feature 17-inch alloys, while R-Design trims add colour-coordinated door mirrors and illuminated front and rear tread plates, each adorned with the ‘R Design’ logo. R-Design Pro grades boast 18-inch alloy wheels and tinted windows.
A plush five-person cabin features an adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support. Other standard features include a chrome-trimmed leather steering wheel that offers height-and-reach adjustability. A range of storage spaces include cup holders and a lockable glovebox. Eye-catching chronograph instrument dials and electronic climate control are included too.
Inscription trims add leather-faced upholstery, while R-Design grades feature a sports steering wheel and pedals. R-Design Pro trims come with sports upholstery and rear-row ‘theatre’ lighting.
No matter which engine you choose, CO2 emissions peak at 129g/km (150bhp petrol units) and are as low as 89g/km (120bhp diesel engines with manual transmission). Power outputs range from 118bhp to 245bhp. The latter, a petrol option, produces 350Nm of torque, 0-60mph in approximately 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 149mph.
An AM/FM radio, a CD player, eight loudspeakers, Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity and a five-inch display screen are standard. Inscription trims upgrade the audio system and add satellite navigation.
The V40 comes with a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. Driver aids include Anti-lock Braking System, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, Lane-Keeping Aid and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. Passive safety features include isofix attachments, child-proof doors, multiple airbags and whiplash-minimising front seats. R-Design trims add rear-parking assist.