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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.

Volvo V40 Hatchback
33 5stars

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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The full Volvo V40 review


There are 52 Volvo V40 versions available

Hatchback 1.6 T2 120 ES 5dr £18,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T2 120 ES Nav 5dr £20,195
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T2 120 SE 5dr £20,520
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 ES 5dr £20,795
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T3 150 ES 5dr £20,945
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T2 120 R-Design 5dr £21,295
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T2 120 SE Nav 5dr £21,720
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 ES Nav 5dr £21,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T3 150 ES Nav 5dr £22,145
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 SE 5dr £22,320
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T3 150 SE 5dr £22,470
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T2 120 R-Design Nav 5dr £22,495
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 R-Design 5dr £23,095
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T3 150 R-Design 5dr £23,245
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 C/Country SE 5dr £23,320
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 SE Nav 5dr £23,520
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D3 150 SE 5dr £23,570
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T3 150 SE Nav 5dr £23,670
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T2 120 SE Lux Nav 5dr £23,720
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T2 120 R-Design Lux Nav 5dr £24,170
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 R-Design Nav 5dr £24,295
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 SE Lux 5dr £24,320
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D3 150 R-Design 5dr £24,345
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T3 150 R-Design Nav 5dr £24,445
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 C/Country SE Nav 5dr £24,520
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D3 150 C/Country SE 5dr £24,570
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D4 190 SE 5dr £24,570
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 R-Design Lux 5dr £24,770
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D3 150 SE Nav 5dr £24,770
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 C/Country Lux 5dr £25,320
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D4 190 R-Design 5dr £25,345
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 SE Lux Nav 5dr £25,520
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D3 150 R-Design Nav 5dr £25,545
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T3 150 SE Lux Nav 5dr £25,670
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D3 150 C/Country SE Nav 5dr £25,770
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D4 190 SE Nav 5dr £25,770
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 R-Design Lux Nav 5dr £25,970
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T3 150 R-Design Lux Nav 5dr £26,120
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 C/Country Lux Nav 5dr £26,520
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D4 190 R-Design Nav 5dr £26,545
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D3 150 SE Lux Nav 5dr £26,770
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D4 190 C/Country SE Nav 5dr £26,770
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T4 180 SE Lux Nav 5dr £27,170
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D3 150 R-Design Lux Nav 5dr £27,220
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T4 180 R-Design Lux Nav 5dr £27,620
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D3 150 C/Country Lux Nav 5dr £27,770
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D4 190 SE Lux Nav 5dr £27,770
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T4 180 C/Country Lux Nav 5dr £28,170
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D4 190 R-Design Lux Nav 5dr £28,220
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D4 190 C/Country Lux Nav 5dr £28,770
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.5 T5 254 R-Design Lux Nav 5dr £31,900
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.5 T5 254 C/Ctry Lux Nav AWD 5dr £34,140
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

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:

Volvo V40 Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 ES 5dr

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…

GERRY PORTER

5 out of 5 stars

Volvo V40 Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 R-Design 5dr

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…

Tom Smith

5 out of 5 stars

Volvo V40 Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 C/Country Lux 5dr

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…

karl elvidge

5 out of 5 stars

Volvo V40 Hatchback 2.0 D3 150 R-Design 5dr

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…

Jane Lloyd

4 out of 5 stars
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