Volvo V40 Review

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  • Smart Swedish style
  • Very safe
  • Rides and handles well
  • Some gearbox complaints
  • Firm ride on larger wheels
  • Pricey
46.3 - 62.8
CO2 emissions
118 - 143 g/km
First year road tax
£165 - £205
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The Volvo V40 is a small premium hatchback that is praised for its safety. The V40’s closest rivals are the Audi A3, the Mercedes A-Class and the BMW 1 Series.

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In 2016 it was restyled to match the larger Volvo models and got equipment upgrades including a more efficient diesel engine and slightly revised styling.

The V40’s interior is well made and the polished aluminium trim on the ‘floating’ centre console makes it feel a posh place to sit. However, the sea of buttons on the dashboard can take time to get used to. Passenger space, meanwhile, is good and the boot is about average for the class in terms of size.

The V40 is really nice to drive – critics compare it to the best-in-class Focus and it rides really well – it’s a comfortable car to cruise in, although bigger wheels and the optional sports suspension make it a little too firm for UK roads.

Six engines are available for the V40, but the standout favourite is the D4 diesel. It’s not only very cheap to run, but also decently quick.

Entry level Momentum models are generously equipped with climate control, alloy wheels, DAB digital radio and the most comprehensive range of safety systems in its class. It even has a dedicated airbag for pedestrians.


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Mat Watson
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The V40 is a very capable all-rounder in this fiercely competitive area of the market. It’s the carmaker’s best-selling model in Europe and the 2017 updates are set to continue that success because the V40 is already nice to drive as well as comfortable (when specced with the right wheels) and the stylish updates make it stand out from the crowd.

The premium atmosphere in the interior and the good amount of standard equipment only add to the appeal of the hatchback. It may not have a badge as prestigious as the A-Class or 1 Series, but that shouldn’t put you off a test drive.

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 just want to to see what sort of offers are available on the V40, visit our deals page.

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