Originally launched in 2013, the Volvo V40 was facelifted in 2016 to match the look and feel of Volvo’s larger models. It got equipment upgrades, a more efficient diesel engine and slightly revised styling to help it do battle with other premium hatchbacks such as the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class.
There’s also the V40 Cross Country, which is a rugged, all-wheel-drive, off-road inspired version. Read our V40 Cross Country review to learn more.
The V40’s interior is well made and the polished aluminium trim on the ‘floating’ centre console makes it feel a genuinely classy place to sit. However, the sea of buttons on the dashboard can take time to get used to and the car’s infotainment system is feeling dated in this day and age. Passenger space, though, is good, and the V40’s boot is about average for the class in terms of size.
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Unfortunately, the V40 hatchback is pretty average to drive by those same standards. It doesn’t change direction with the verve of a BMW 1 Series, and the V40’s bigger wheels and the optional sports suspension make it a too firm for UK roads.
Four engines are available for the V40, but the standout favourite is the D2 diesel. It’s not only very cheap to run, but also quick enough to feel comfortable in and out of town. Entry level V40 Momentum models are generously equipped with climate control, alloy wheels, DAB digital radio and a comprehensive range of safety systems. It even has a dedicated airbag for pedestrians.
For more information on the Volvo V40, read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our reviews over the following pages. And, if you want to to see what sort of offers are available on the V40, visit our deals page.