Which used Volvo V40 hatchback should I buy?
Depending upon how you intend to use your car, we would suggest you look for a 1.6 D2 diesel as the best all-round engine choice for earlier cars and the 2.0 D2 for post-2015 models. Both manage to motivate the V40 with adequate pace, although it’s not quite as effortlessly as those of the Audi A3 or Volkswagen Golf. The D3 and D4 make the V40 surprisingly fast, but they start becoming a bit too expensive to buy and run when compared with the D2.
If you only intend to do shorter journeys, though, you should consider the T3 petrol to avoid issues with the DPF. The T3 engine is smooth and happy to rev when you need a bit more power to perform an overtaking manoeuvre, and it should be quite economical, even if it is unlikely to match the diesel model.
SE-spec Volvo V40s get plenty of equipment and there are enough of them around to make it our pick of the range. That being said, if you like the more aggressive styling of the R-Design model, then you can go for that model safe in the knowledge that you won't have to put up with a jarring ride since it doesn't come with firmer, sports suspension, unlike many of its rivals. And it does have fabulously comfortable sports seats.
Our favourite Volvo V40: 2.0-litre D2 R-Design
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