Ver­sa­til­ity with voomah

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A car to en­joy.

INot cheap, but what price

do you put on com­fort, per­for­mance, ver­sa­til­ity and your safety? t’s a bit like a chameleon adapt­ing to the en­vi­ron­ment... and your mood. In­spired on our wors­en­ing roads and ver­sa­tile in bad weather or on gravel to leave its com­peti­tors in the dust. The re­fined sporti­ness of the V40 T5 AWD en­sures that it will meet the de­mands of petrol heads while the bench­mark graphic in­stru­ment dis­play tech­nol­ogy will find favour with technophiles.

The V40 is now Volvo’s en­try-level model. And the T5 AWD tested is an ex­cit­ing (not so) lit­tle car. It’s a car you can en­joy driv­ing... con­sis­tently. Han­dling is rock-solid and it goes like the clap­pers,

R319 900 (En­try-level V40

R281 200) de­liv­er­ing 187kW from the 2.5 litre tur­bocharged en­gine to cat­a­pult you from 0-100km/h in 6.4 sec­onds. The sus­pen­sion, although re­fined, is just stiff enough for you to feel like you are ac­tu­ally driv­ing rather than just a pas­sen­ger along for the ride. Feed­back through the steer­ing wheel is pre­cise, and swift cor­ner­ing is, in true Volvo style, typ­i­cally un­ruf­fled even with the in­creased ride height of the AWD. As­sis­tance from the dy­namic sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol gives one added con­fi­dence dur­ing en­thu­si­as­tic driv­ing. And speed down really steep in­clines can be con­trolled au­to­mat­i­cally with the T5’s hill

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