Volvo V40

Starting price $36,500
Georgie savings $2,190 - $5,499

The range

The following cars match your search:

2017 Volvo V40 T3

5 Door Hatchback
4 Cylinder, 1.5 Litre
Sports Automatic
Front Wheel Drive
8.3 L/100km

Starting from $36,500

Save: $2,190 - $4,015

2017 Volvo V40 D2

5 Door Hatchback
4 Cylinder, 2.0 Litre
Sports Automatic
Front Wheel Drive
10.5 L/100km

Starting from $37,800

Save: $2,268 - $4,158

2017 Volvo V40 T3

5 Door Hatchback
4 Cylinder, 1.5 Litre
Sports Automatic
Front Wheel Drive
8.3 L/100km

Starting from $37,990

Save: $2,279 - $4,179

2018 Volvo V40 T3

5 Door Hatchback
4 Cylinder, 1.5 Litre
Sports Automatic
Front Wheel Drive
8.3 L/100km

Starting from $37,990

Save: $2,279 - $4,179

Review

Forget almost everything you know about the Volvo brand. When you step into the V40, you’ll be one very proud Volvo driver. This new baby really does change the game in the small premium hatch market segment.

The Belgium-built V40 is Volvo's smallest model, ready to tackle the likes of the Audi A3, the BMW 1 Series hatch and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. It’s main force or ammunition is the array of new technologies and features it brings to the segment; it sets new standards in not only its own class but in all classes.

 

 

Safety firsts

All models come standard with Volvo’s City Safety technology, a world-first pedestrian airbag system (pops out in front of the windscreen), a digital speedo display with adjustable themes, rain sensor wipers with tunnel technology, an electrically adjustable front driver seat with memory, cool T-Tec textile seat upholstery, and colour-changeable theatre lighting.

Volvo says it designed the cabin with occupant comfort and safety as the first priority. Engineers focused on producing an intuitive, relaxed and airy interior. You really do notice a non-claustrophobic feel when first sitting inside. Smart little compartments are presented, like a floating centre dash facia which lets you reach behind to hide items away, and the in-seat rear cup holders are very handy, just to name a few.

ANCAP has off course awarded the V40, all variants, five stars for safety. There’s also good cabin space thanks to being loosely based on the previous Ford Focus, with decent room in the back for two adults and a child, and a good, useable boot area with flip-down rear seats to open up loads of room.

 

Driving made easy

Out on the road the V40 is much like its bigger brothers. This is all about minimal fuss and calm driving, with light steering and great visibility. The driving position can be adjusted easily to really hit the spot, and the seat cushions are super comfy even on long distance drives.

Fuel economy is exceptional for most variants, with the diesels in particular seemingly using no fuel at all – you can achieve 1000km to a tank without really trying in some variants. And despite this, power and performance is enjoyable, with plenty of that highway overtaking grunt available right at your foot.

 

 


 

Our verdict

There are some really attractive premium hatches to choose from at the moment, but a lot of them have many option boxes you need to tick before you get anything substantial. If you’re in the market for a vehicle in this segment, do yourself a favour and take the V40 for a test drive. We’re sure that not only will it tick all the boxes to meet your criteria, without options, it will win your heart with its cool Swedish design and friendly interior.

 

5 specs you need to know:

  1. Engine: 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder
  2. Transmission and drive: Eight-speed auto, front-wheel drive
  3. ANCAP safety rating: Five stars
  4. Official fuel economy: 6.1L/100km (7.8L/100km during test)
  5. Time from 0-100km/h: 6.4 seconds

 

Pros

  • Pleasant interior
  • Innovative storage and packaging
  • Industry-first pedestrian airbag
  • As safe as it gets

 

Cons

  • Servicing can be expensive
  • In need of an update soon, been around since 2013

 

 

 

Review

No review is available for this model.

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