R DESIGN 5dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs5/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG57 mpg

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 drive the car makes a big difference to fuel economy. My favourite thing about my car is that I don;t think I've ever seen more than two other V40 on any journey I've ever been on! (Yet interestingly in the Netherlands it is the best selling car), I think a b ig part of the reason is badge snobbery (wanting to be one of the BMW, Merc and Audi "club")Also get free Road Tax, so I have no regrets about buying my Volvo.

Tom Smith, June 12th 2014

Cross Country Lux 5dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs5/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

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 the past but this is by far the best car i have ever owned. I got the volvo 1.6 D2 c/country lux with the auto gearbox. The controls for the computer radio and car take about a week to learn. The drive is very smooth and the auto box feels just right. I get about 50-55mpg with normal driving but when i take it really easy i have had 72.4mpg but that was driving like a nun. The only thing i can think off is that the boot is on the small size. I would give this car 5Stars all day long

karl elvidge, Essex, December 30th 2013

R DESIGN 5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs3/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG0 mpg

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 for value the standard equipment beat the latter cars hands down. I have the D3 150bhp which has awesome power and has a nice whirl of the engine when changing up the gears,the front seats are very comfortable and hug you when in the driving seat. The quality of the cabin is very good however the controls for the radio/tel/media are small and quite distracting when driving , in comparison to the New golf which had an excellent layout. The fuel economy is not meeting the official figures stated by volvo of 65mpg and I am only averaging 48mpg but taken into account I have only covered 900 miles so i am hoping for better figures when the car has done 3000 miles and run in. The front grille,chrome mirrors and twin exhaust is standard on the R design model and really make this car a desirable car for young drivers like myself and stands out from the boring look of the New Golf and Audi Sportback, however this is personal perference and as I have owned both the Golf and Audi I wanted a complete change, and so far this car has not disappointed in the feel good factor and certainly ticks all the boxes, Lets just hope the fuel consumption will improve!

Jane Lloyd, September 17th 2013

SE 5dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs5/5
  • Quality4/5
  • Average MPG60 mpg

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 usual suspects when going for a new car (audi, bmw, golf,seat etc)and as good as they are they didn't have or look something different, then my wife snd i went to the volvo garage. To say that it is the most stylish car in its class is an understatement. When i went out for a test drive in the d2 (which was specced with 17" alloys) i was blown away, it drove and handled brilliantly, totally loved the interior, seats are probably the best on the market. After returning we decided on the D2 SE specced with metallic gery, 17" segomo wheels glass roof and of course the digital speedo (love it). I have now done 11,000 miles in it and can honestly say i made the right decision buying this car. I do about 70%/30% town and country and i am still averaging just over 60mpg, which is crazy for a car this weight and size. I only have one niggle and that is there is buzzing inside and sometimes it can be very annoying (not heard during warm weather) and they have had 2 attempts but so far no result. Once you factor in the offer that i was given when i purchased the car, 3 years interest free payments, 3 years free servicing, and the icing on the cake is i just renewed my insurance and due to the car having city safety fitted it has brought my payment down to £158 a year!!!!!!! it's really a no brainer.

freddy hall, July 26th 2013

SE Lux 5dr

  • Overall verdict4/5
  • What it's like to drive4/5
  • Running costs5/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG56 mpg

I am now a year into ownership and the car has now loosened off the performance has improved though some low rev flatness that is found in all diesels due to emissions and trying to keep them off boost during the mpg tests, which you learn to counter by giving a few more revs on pulling away if required. I came from a Mazda 6 diesel and an Audi A3 before that and both of those were 2.0 and there are very few situations where the car is left wanting for power and it is much smoother and quieter than both. The ride quality and road noise issues that the journalists at what car mention have never given me any trouble only high frequency corrugations upset things on the motorway when you encounter them and the handling is very sharp. The interior has plenty of room seats are the best I have had in any car and the standard sound system is great not too much subwoofer base, and I have no problems with the buttons on the dash though that may be due to me not being a fan of touch screens, blue tooth works well and gives full phone book and call list which is proving really helpful, I have to make calls to numbers not in my phone from the car and use the keyboard to do this as its easier (stationery).On a recent trip I got 70 mpg

david bisset, July 25th 2013

ES 5dr

  • Overall verdict5/5
  • What it's like to drive5/5
  • Running costs4/5
  • Quality5/5
  • Average MPG68 mpg

Life as a motoring journalist perhaps get one a little too up and close to too many vehicles to see the wood from the trees. I'm afraid that is the only way I can interprete the What car review. I'm not saying the review is wrong and I'm not saying personal taste doesn't come into play, and there are still some who associate the volvo with the old man label. What I will say is simply this, if you are in the market for a medium sized hatch test drive the Golf the Civic the focus the Astra but make sure you test drive the V40. by the time you "spec" the others up to what is standard on the V40 it starts to look value for money, style wise it looks good and is not one "of the sheep", safety is class leading and economy particularly the D2 means even allowing for servicing it competes well on running costs. If you are testdriving the others take the time to test drive the V40 and you may be in for a very VERY pleasant surprise, a D3 with sportpack is class leading drive (I know I spent two months doing test drives 'til I was blue in the face), but opted for a D2 cross country. Do yourself a favour try all the competition but just try it too before buying the Golf or Focus that everyone else is buying, and only then make your mind up, after testing the opposition until I was simply stir crazy I realised the Volvo was in the same price bracket as spec'd up competitors, I'd driven 400yds and let my wife take over, it really was a no brainer...that is why I don't undesta

david graves, May 19th 2013

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