The Volvo V40 interior materials are on par with what you’d expect from a BMW or Audi, but the look is distinctively Volvo in its execution.
As a result, the flashy details of the German pair make way for restrained quality, but features such as a centre console that appears to float from below the dashboard mean it’s still distinctive.
The minimalistic design wins you over very quickly
The Volvo V40 infotainment system is looking dated next to the ones in cars such as the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and particularly the Mercedes A-Class.
As standard, the Volvo V40 comes with DAB radio, Bluetooth and a simple 5.0inch colour screen that is controlled via shortcut buttons on the ‘floating’ dashboard. However, more expensive trims get an upgraded 7.0-inch screen and sat-nav, although this can be added to lesser trims as an option, too.
In reality, whichever system you end up going for, it isn’t easy to use. There are simply too many buttons on the dash and finding the one you want it difficult on the move. Add that to the confusing menu structure, simple on-screen graphics and no option for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and you’re left with a system that is feeling distinctly behind the times.