What used Volvo V40 hatchback will I get for my budget?
High-mileage early Volvo V40s can be found for £4000, but it is better to budget for at least £6000: this gets you a 1.6-litre D2 SE manual with average mileage and a decent service history. Petrol-powered models with an average number of miles as a full-service history, meanwhile, start at around £7500.
The V40 was given a mild facelift in 2016; if you want one of these cars, you’ll need to stump up at least £8500. A last-of-the-line V40 from a Volvo main dealer will start from around £12,000 for a T2 Momentum model.
Go for the D2 diesel for the lowest CO2 emissions of just 94g/km, although the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder used in the later D3 and D4 models managed to emit only 99g/km. Earlier (pre-2015) D3 and D4 models use a larger five-cylinder engine that puts out more CO2, at 114g/km.
As long as you avoid the five-cylinder T5 in early examples of V40 (it spits out 189g/km), then the petrols are reasonable for road tax. As with the diesel models, the petrol engine range was revised in 2015 to use smaller four-cylinder engines, which is why a later T5 only emits 137g/km in T5 form. Both the regular manual T4 and automatic-equipped T2 and T3 petrols produce 129g/km. The T3 has the lowest CO2 figure for a petrol V40 at 124g/km.
If your V40 was registered before 1 April 2017, then it'll be charged for yearly road tax under the older system that was based on CO2 emissions, whereas those registered after this point will pay a flat rate fee under the current system. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here for further information.
Servicing however won’t be quite so cheap, as Volvo dealers do not provide fixed price servicing.
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