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5 reasons to buy a Volvo V40

The Volvo V40 answers to a wide range of rivals, from the Ford Focus to the BMW 1 Series. Here’s why you should buy one

Words ByJimi Beckwith

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5 reasons to buy a Volvo V40

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.

4. Performance

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.

3. Quality

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.

2. Reliability

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.

1. Safety

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 Β£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.

What next?

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