Luxo hatchbacks: the group test
Which of these pulls off the ‘small car, big thinking’ trick best? Ollie Marriage investigates
Posted: 19 Dec 2012
With that and the customisable dials and digital screens, there seems to be a lot going on in the Volvo, but, despite that, it's just so relaxing. It eases your mind and body. Great seats and a driving experience that isn't constantly egging you on (step forward, BMW) or overly sharp at low speeds (take a bow, Audi). The Volvo asks nothing of you, other than you drive safely and courteously.
So you do. You potter and trundle and generally ignore the fact that this is easily the quickest car here. I know the figures say otherwise, but the five-cylinder, 2.0-litre, 258lb ft V40 is a muscular machine. And, despite that extra cylinder, efficient as well. No science here, I'm afraid, but, in equivalent driving situations, we got 56.5mpg from the Volvo, 55.0 from the Bee-Emm and Audi and around 52.0 from the A-Class.