Volvo’s V40 is a safe bet

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Summer Fun -

Volvo is aim­ing its sights at the tra­di­tional Euro­pean mak­ers with its V40, which it would like you to think was a wor­thy al­ter­na­tive to the likes of BMW’s 1 Se­ries and Audi’s A3.

The Swedish firm is chas­ing the “com­pact pre­mium” car­rot, and the V40’s re­fined cabin com­plete with high qual­ity ma­te­ri­als is the first sign of ex­actly how se­ri­ous the Swedish firm is.

For all the car’s edgy ex­te­rior ap­pear­ance, the V40’s in­te­rior will look fa­mil­iar to fans of the brand.

Volvo’s trade­mark “float­ing” cen­tre con­sole has been re­tained along with switchgear and dis­play er­gonomics that would shame the com­pe­ti­tion.

There’s even a cus­tomis­able dis­play on se­lected mod­els, which can be user con­fig­ured to show econ­omy or per­for­mance-re­lated in­for­ma­tion to help you get the most out of the car.

On the sub­ject of per­for­mance, the V40 is be­ing of­fered with a range of four-cylin­der petrol and diesel en­gines, plus a choice of man­ual, con­ven­tional auto and di­rect shift DSG-style gear­boxes. And it’s here that there’s ev­i­dence of a big shift in Volvo’s pri­or­i­ties.

Yes, the car does come with a rather clever pedes­trian airbag that pops out from the base of wind­screen, but low CO2 and fuel con­sump­tion have be­come big talk­ing points back at the moth­er­ship in Swe­den.

The re­al­ity for con­sumers is that you can have a V40 with a sub-100g/km CO2 fig­ure, mak­ing this com­pact pre­mium hatch­back a se­ri­ous con­tender in the fiercely com­pet­i­tive com­pany car mar­ket, low Ben­e­fit in Kind tax and over­all run­ning costs are key con­sid­er­a­tions. The bot­tom line here is that such a per­for­mance from the 114bhp D2 diesel vari­ant should lead to more sales and the abil­ity for Volvo to make steady in­roads into the lu­cra­tive small lux­ury mar­ket.

And while that’s great for Volvo’s bean coun­ters, it should also ben­e­fit car buy­ers.

It’s plain to see from the V40’s cabin that you’re go­ing to be on the re­ceiv­ing end of an up­mar­ket ex­pe­ri­ence: ride com­fort, space for front seat oc­cu­pants, equip­ment lev­els.

That in D2 trim it boasts a de­cent turn of speed, 0-62mph in 11.7 sec­onds, 118mph max speed, en­sures that you don’t feel com­pro­mised by the 94g/ km CO2 and 78.5mpg ec­o­rat­ings.

Three trim lev­els com­plete the V40 pack­age, with the base ES of­fer­ing more than most ri­vals and the oth­ers serv­ing to shine a bright light on the Scrooge-like be­hav­iour of the op­po­si­tion.

And that’s, ob­vi­ously, be­fore you in­clude the V40’s var­i­ous safety sys­tems, in­clud­ing an au­to­mated brak­ing func­tion that can help when driv­ing dis­tracted at city speeds, plus the nu­mer­ous airbags and elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol fea­tures.

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