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Volvo V40 review

£21,150 - £30,435
Published: 13 Jan 2015


What is it like to drive?

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.

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Highlights from the range

the fastest

Volvo V40 T5 AWD Cross Country Lux Nav 5dr Geartronic
  • 0-626.4s
  • CO2194.0g/km
  • BHP254
  • MPG34
  • Price£33,600

the cheapest

Volvo V40 T2 [122] Momentum Edition 5dr
  • 0-6210.4s
  • CO2137.0g/km
  • BHP122
  • MPG47.9
  • Price£22,250

the greenest

Volvo V40 D2 [120] Inscription 5dr Geartronic
  • 0-6210.5s
  • CO2118.0g/km
  • BHP120
  • MPG62.8
  • Price£27,385

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