The Volvo V40 is Volvo’s smallest car, slotting underneath the V60 medium-sized estate. It’s a hatchback that rivals a range of cars, from the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, to the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series.
It has recently been facelifted so won’t be replaced for a while yet. On the downside we find the ride a little firm and the gearshift not quite as slick as it could be, while road noise is more prominent than it ought to be. It’s a long way removed from the big, boxy Volvos of old, but that’s not a bad thing.
Criticisms aside, why buy a Volvo V40 above the competition? Carry on reading to find out:
5 reasons to buy a Volvo V40
5. Cabin flexibility
There’s lots of flexibility in the cabin of the V40; on higher-spec models there’s lumbar and height adjustment for the front seat, while an inexpensive variable-height boot floor is recommended from the options list. The seats split 60/40 at the rear and fold flat.
Whether it’s for speed or economy, there’s bound to be something in the engines list for your taste. The entry-level D2 diesel engine is as frugal as you could want, if a little weedy. Don’t go for the pricey T5 - the T3 Is smooth and happy to rev hard.
The Audi A3 pips the V40 for overall quality, but the materials and finishes across the interior are impressively plush. Sharper-edged plastics can only be found in areas you rarely come into contact with – everything else is modern, crisp and expensive-feeling.
Volvo has built up quite a reputation for reliability and finished in the top quarter of manufacturers rated in the latest customer satisfaction survey. For added peace of mind, there’s a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, plus three years’ roadside assistance for no extra cost.
Many buyers go for a Volvo for their safety, and the V40 is no different. Volvo’s City Safety system is a particular standout – it applies the brakes automatically if you get too close to the car in front, and there’s also a pedestrian-friendly external airbag which deploys if a collision with a pedestrian is detected.
What about buying used?
The Volvo’s reliability means that there should be plenty of solid examples on the road. Around £15,500 should get you a decent V40 D2 R-Design model, with 10,000 miles or so on the clock and only one or two years under its belt.
Lower your budget a little and smaller-wheeled versions become available, although these will not be as high-spec.
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