For This is the pick of the engine range, with tax-friendly low CO2 emissions and decent performance.

Against You need to keep the revs above 1750rpm, and we think it's worth upgrading to the better-specified SE trim.

Volvo V40 Hatchback

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3 out of 5 stars

The Volvo V40 1.6 D2 115 ES will appeal to cost-conscious company car drivers, but we think it's worth upgrading to SE trim.

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Key facts

11.2 secs
Top speed
118 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The D2 is the star of the range, and not just because of its tax-friendly CO2 emissions; it's also smooth, refined and gives perfectly acceptable performance.

Buyers have a wide choice of trims, and even the entry-level version is well equipped. We'd pay a bit more for SE trim, though, which comes with desirable equipment such as cruise control, automatic wipers and electrically folding door mirrors. If you're after sportier looks, the R-Design models get bigger alloy wheels and a bodykit.

There are plenty of optional extras, many of which are bundled together in packs, which cost less than the price of specifying the options individually.

The Cross Country range mirrors that of the standard hatchback, but it isn't worth the extra money for what equates to more rugged looks and little else.

Reader test team says:

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5 out of 5 stars

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