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For All V40s have a smart, high-quality cabin and good standard equipment. The engines are strong, smooth and deliver attractive running costs.

Against The ride is overly firm, the gearshift is notchy and there’s too much road noise. The five-cylinder engines don't suit the V40’s laid back character.

Volvo V40 Hatchback
33 5stars

The Volvo V40 is great in some respects, but it’s below par in too many other areas to top the small family car class.

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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 D2 115 ES 5dr £20,345
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 T3 150 ES 5dr £20,880
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 D2 115 ES Nav 5dr £21,545
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 SE 5dr £21,870
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T3 150 ES Nav 5dr £22,080
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T3 150 SE 5dr £22,405
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 £22,645
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 C/Country SE 5dr £22,870
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D3 150 SE 5dr £23,020
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 SE Nav 5dr £23,070
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T3 150 R-Design 5dr £23,180
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T3 150 SE Nav 5dr £23,605
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 2.0 D3 150 R-Design 5dr £23,795
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 R-Design Nav 5dr £23,845
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 SE Lux 5dr £23,870
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D3 150 C/Country SE 5dr £24,020
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 C/Country SE Nav 5dr £24,070
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 2.0 D3 150 SE Nav 5dr £24,220
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 R-Design Lux 5dr £24,320
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T3 150 R-Design Nav 5dr £24,380
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 C/Country Lux 5dr £24,870
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D3 150 R-Design Nav 5dr £24,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 SE Lux Nav 5dr £25,070
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D3 150 C/Country SE Nav 5dr £25,220
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 R-Design Lux Nav 5dr £25,520
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T3 150 SE Lux Nav 5dr £25,605
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 T3 150 R-Design Lux Nav 5dr £26,055
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 C/Country Lux Nav 5dr £26,070
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D3 150 SE Lux Nav 5dr £26,220
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 R-Design Lux Nav 5dr £26,670
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 £27,105
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 T4 180 R-Design Lux Nav 5dr £27,555
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 D3 150 C/Country Lux Nav 5dr £27,570
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 £28,105
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 £31,780
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.5 T5 254 C/Ctry Lux Nav AWD 5dr £34,130
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 smooth, refined and gives adequate performance.

The D4 is strong, but we’ve only tried it with the optional automatic transmission, and it’s a disappointing combination. The T4 is better with the optional auto ’box, as it uses a smoother twin-clutch transmission. However, it costs much the same as the D4, but isn't as economical.

Buyers have a choice of ES, SE and SE Lux and R-Design trims, with City Safety, alloy wheels and Bluetooth standard on all. However, we’d recommend SE, which adds cruise control, wheel-mounted audio controls and a plusher interior finish to the base-level trim. If you’re after sportier looks, R-Design models get bigger alloys and a bodykit.

There are options, but most are bundled in packs, which Volvo hopes will ensure strong residual values.

The Cross Country range mirrors that of the standard hatch, but isn't worth the extra cash.

Reader test team says:

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

Volvo V40 Hatchback 1.6 D2 115 SE 5dr

I have to agree with david graves and wonder sometimes about how the car mags come to their results regarding their reviews. I too went round all the…

freddy hall

5 out of 5 stars
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