VOLVO V40 D4
HOW MUCH: Manual $49,990, automatic $54,990. WHAT’S GOOD: Distinctive styling, lovely chassis, flexible turbodiesel performance. WHAT’S NOT: Additional safety specification is expensive. OUR VERDICT: This new V40 is about perfect as the lead car in a fleet of new Volvos on their way.
Swedish hatch: The Volvo V40, the marque’s first five-door hatch in 20 years.