Volvo V40 Review
By Tim Barnes-Clay. Tweeting @carwriteups
Let’s talk about Volvo for a moment before we get into the V40. The Swedish brand has a bit of a reputation for being ‘uncool’ among some.
But the firm has always stuck to its guns on delivering understated, quality products, with a fit and finish to rival any of the ‘cooler’ firms. They’re always reliable, and always safe, so is there a reason we don’t see as many of them on the road as we should?
Well, in the case of the V40, the styling doesn’t do it any favours. It’s a funny looking thing, sort of wedge-shaped, but the back doesn’t look like it belongs to the correct car. Looks are, of course, subjective, but let’s just say it doesn’t do it for me. Thankfully, everything else does.
For a start, I’m a big fan of the power. My ‘D4’ turbo diesel came with 190PS and 400Nm of torque, enough to really give some shove. Top speed is 143mph, with the benchmark acceleration figure of 62mph reached in just 7.4-seconds. This power is complemented by Volvo’s claim you can get over 70mpg from it. You can drive the V40 quickly, if you want to, but the excellent comfort from the ride made me slow down if anything. It’s quiet and relaxing, and as this isn’t a hot-hatch, that was more than enough for me.
Though the interior design isn’t spectacular, the remarkably comfortable seating and overall fit and finish is of the highest standard. It’s a fine place to spend time.
I am a big fan of this Swedish machine. The fact the D4 V40 can achieve 70+mpg and still pack a punch is seriously impressive, and this, combined with the comfort and quality, is enough to make it one of my personal favourites. But will everybody be able to get past the styling? The package might be complete, and the quality undeniable, but is it truly desirable enough to get the sales? Only time will tell.
Fast Facts (D4 R-Design Pro)
- Max speed: 143 mph
- 0-62 mph: 7.4 secs
- Combined mpg: 74.3
- Engine layout: 1969cc four-cylinder diesel turbo
- power (PS): 190
- CO2: 99 g/km
- Price: £29,615