For All V40s have a smart, high-quality cabin and plenty of standard equipment. The strong, smooth engines have impressive fuel economy and CO2 emission figures.
Against The ride is overly firm, the gearshift is notchy and there's too much road noise. Some of the interior buttons are fiddly.
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The Volvo V40 is great in some respects, but it's average or below par in too many other areas to challenge the class leaders.
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There are 52 Volvo V40 versions available
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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:
Having been a fan and owner of a BMW 1 series from new, I was hesitant to change but after a litany of problems with the BMW (and only 33000 on the…
I have owned my new V40 D2 R-Design since April and I have to say I haven't experienced any of the problems the reviewer has here. I think how you…
I have Had this volvo for 2months now and it has been a fantastic car to drive and own. I have had Audi A3 and A4's and c/class merc's VW golf's in…
I have just had a new 63 plate volvo R Design in black sapphire and it is a great looking car. I test drove the new Golf and the Audi sportback , as…