All V40s get a digital radio, CD player, Bluetooth handsfree connection and audio streaming, plus a USB input that will allow full control of Android and Apple phones through the standard 5.0in colour display. It’s a shame, though, that the system is controlled via a combination of fiddly, small shortcut buttons and a rotary dial that scrolls you through layers of menus. It’s not always easy to guess where you should be looking to find simple functions, such as travel updates on the radio, or turning off voice guidance if you’ve added the optional sat-nav (which also brings a 7.0in screen).
Controls on the steering wheel are standard on all models, and make it easy to do the basic things such as skipping a track or changing the volume. The V40 also has one of the better standard sound systems in the class; an eight-speaker set-up is standard, while an upgraded Harman Kardon system is available as an option.