Geneva motor show 2012: Top 10 cars - Volvo V40
The V40 will cost from around £19,000, and will be offered with turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engines, a 1.6-litre diesel and Volvo’s characterful 2.0-litre five-cylinder diesels.
The front of the interior is impressive, with a fine choice of materials, plenty of the solid switchgear from the (more expensive) S60, an illuminated gearknob and Volvo’s trademark ‘floating’ console, with storage space behind it.
It’s not quite so assured in the rear, mind you; there's less headroom than in the new Mercedes A-Class – although it's better than in a BMW 1 Series.
The V40 is due to go on sale in August; it’s a massive car for Volvo, which badly needs to rack up sales from small-hatchback buyers who would otherwise default to a German manufacturer. It’s early days, but we reckon the V40 could be a strong enough proposition to fulfil that role.
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