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Volvo V40

8/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Volvo V40

£21,150£30,435

Driving

What is it like on the road?

Volvo V40 front quarter

The surprise comes in how the V40 drives. Starting out with a Focus-derived platform is a smart move, for it breeds in a high level of ability right from the off . Volvo has simply enhanced this with some well-judged tuning of springs and dampers to create one of the most likeable upmarket family hatchbacks on sale. It’s a blend of tidy handling and absorbent ride quality that few manage to hit. Under the bonnet, fizzy turbo petrol engines are fun too – both Ecoboost motors come straight from the Focus – but diesels will naturally sell best. The 1.6 is OK but the real hitis the new D4 four-cylinder engine. This exceptional engine is smooth, eager and hot-hatch fast (the 0-60 dash takes 7.0 seconds) yet somehow blends it with high economy and low CO2. Amazing.

Wildcard

How about something completely different?

Wildcard

7/10

Skoda Octavia

£18,405£29,380
If you want something sober, sturdy but just a little bit exciting too, there's always the new Skoda Octavia vRS
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