2013 Volvo V40 [w/video] First Drive – Autoblog

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2013 Volvo V40 [w/video]


Forbidden Fruit For What The Swedes in North America

entered a really good of automotive excitement if premium-minded hatchbacks move you. just seemed to fall place suddenly about six back when it became that Mini’s lineup was to have fierce competition the new Audi A3. soon-to-arrive new Mercedes-Benz the still fresh BMW 1 Series and this car here, the all-new V40 .

The real impact models in the could well end up being the new A-Class and, if Volvo’s new leadership and dealer network it together, this sharp

The whole area north of Italy, is loaded with serpentine two-lanes that turn into 1.5-lane It was here that we performed long repeat loops in engine and transmission configurations in an to discover both the green and the sides of this comely

Volvo should cease the C30 and instead explore the much chances of the V40.

The current thinking within Volvo’s new is evident in repeated pronouncements the V40 is not earmarked for United States or sales. We hammered Volvo on this issue, urging repeatedly not to base their on the weak reception to the adorable C30 or its V50 wagon sibling. Much of models’ lackluster sales more do with the too-close-to-German-premium that Volvo has stubbornly to and the overall weakly represented and sales network just everywhere Volvo sells of Scandinavia, not to mention the recent of Volvo’s future.

Having now had some quality with this new model, we Volvo should cease the C30 and instead explore the much chances of the V40. We are convinced the Swedes at this event playing it very close to moose-skin vests; if the V40 does not it over to the U.S. then should issue guns to its executive staff so they can shoot themselves in the foot.

The underpinning this V40 is the current Focus C1 framing, called P1 Volvo.

The program for what the V40 started in 2006, was steadily on for a sales launch in early but then significantly delayed by global economic meltdown. the ugly and seemingly never-ending situation between Saab. Motors and the Chinese that has in Sweden’s other automaker knowingly sacrificed, the Volvo-Ford-Zhejiang negotiations have been well executed.

Ford has a agreement in place with Cars that lasts the current generation of the whole The first all-new Volvo and powertrain assembly will in 2013 with C- and D-segment then migrate from through the whole range.

The underpinning this V40 is the current Focus C1 framing, called P1 Volvo. Assembled at its Ghent in Belgium, the V40 adopts the front and steering from the S60 and V60. All four-cylinder engines are turbocharged, units from the PSA Peugeot venture, while the five-cylinder on offer are pure Volvo.

The available six-speed dual-clutch gearbox standard on the T4 trim we the most is the Ford Power unit.

The basic space in is already way beyond anything the C30 offer 11.8 cubic

We’ve always had a weak for the C30 as the car simply presents itself as out of the and is a comfortable sit. But it has lousy room if the rear seats to hold anything human, taillights, the pricing is high and dynamics are not so great if we’re in mind a Mini Cooper or VW Oh, and there’s no five-door version.

The V40 every bit of these quandaries and enough of one’s need for a to substitute the V50. The chief in making this possible is the newly flexible loading The basic space in back is way beyond anything the C30 could 11.8 cubic feet.

there is a recessed space the main floor that a handy cubic foot and can things from flopping That main floor can fold up into a few different too, depending on the size of the you want to keep in place there. Flop down the rear seatbacks and tip forward the passenger seat, and total climbs to 51.0 cubic which is very good for class.

All the different configurations are to summon as well, so there’s more to like.

Volvo is not offering a sport wheel with shift not even as an option, which we weird.

The interior is pure with yet another derivative of the floating waterfall center complete with four knobs for audio and climate supervision. Despite becoming so with this aesthetic, the dashboard still looks and substantial here, perhaps Volvo has moved away pixelated monochrome information and reworked its instrument cluster.

In one significant update is the variety of formats possible in the main there is green for the Eco mode, a brown for Elegance with the indicator changing to a fuel gauge, then a hot red for Performance the big center speedometer changing to the and right-side gearshift indicator to a power meter as might be in a Rolls-Royce or Bugatti. It’s graphics playtime as eye candy, but it look good, kind of and the transmission and throttle respond Another transmission note: No which automated gearbox you may Volvo is not offering a sport wheel with shift not even as an option, which we weird.

the Swedes may have hit on something that will them recapture their mantle for being tops in

The onboard system for Volvo days is entirely too complicated, navigating through menus menus. Plus, to change anything in the system, you need to the car over and stop understandable the interface being so non driver-friendly. bizarre of all here is the fact the weight of the steering does not when toggling between Elegance and Performance (these basic settings can be switched in motion, however).

Of course, you can alter steering but it requires searching for a deeply menu item that you to choose between low, and high steering force. first-generation BMW iDrive -level To be fair, it’s easy to and set up, unlike that old iDrive but it’s way more complicated and a process than a Volvo to have.

The most interesting aboard this V40 is a world the exterior pedestrian airbag. are seven motion sensors in the bumper providing feedback to the ECU to let it decide whether or not a situation the release of this huge new feature. When deployed, the pops up near the windscreen to aid end deformation and lessen the aggressiveness of the body hitting the hood

But then and only at speeds 15 and 30 mph the airbag deploys in an attempt to head impact of a pedestrian any such horrible incident Judging by all the attention this is getting, it would seem the Swedes may have finally hit on that will help recapture their hard-earned for being tops in safety.

The overall ride and handling has been brought much to what Volkswagen and Audi are with their smaller

The way the V40’s P1 chassis and its revamped drives is noticeably improved what we remember of either the C30 or The car’s overall ride and balance has been brought closer to what Volkswagen and are doing with their cars particularly on the European Over our several very loops, body roll has easily halved versus we’re used to with the which brings it right in with its fierce German

The basic chassis setup as it on 18-inch Michelin Pilot 3 tires is referred to as Dynamic and all trims come with as standard, but we were handed the chassis setup, which things down half an And for aerodynamic and efficiency purposes, we are all four-cylinder V40s are almost half-inch lower than five-cylinder brethren, meaning the Sport we tested rides an lower than the standard model.

Our T4-spec 1.6-liter with direct injection and turbocharger was good driving in Performance mode with the set to high resistance. The engine’s 180 and 177 pound-feet of torque between and 5,000 feel almost than sufficient, though we are to try later that 2.5-liter five-cylinder T5 version with 251 hp and 266 of torque.

The little 1.6-liter we tested does have 22 of overboost available if you’re in a jam and to overtake, and we appreciated the difference as we around rural northern at times seemingly all alone. to 60 mph is quoted at 7.7 seconds with Peugeot-Citroën-Ford engine, and the time readily achievable. With the five-cylinder gas powerplant and Aisin automatic, a time of 6.3 seconds is promised.

There’s an R-spec model in the for the V40.

But the V40 will get decidedly and not just through tuning Volvo boffins like in Germany. There’s an R-spec in the works for the V40 that should the car to a true VW Golf R or Audi RS3 according to our sources. There is an XC40 not too far down the road to Volvo squarely into the compact crossover segment.

We are however, that without the States on the list of the car’s and the U.S. is still Volvo’s one market by some margin terrific model with potential will most end up as a European footnote.

The new Mercedes shouldn’t be handed all of that on a silver platter. And if Volvo can the temptation to price the future T5 at more than $35,000 for bringing over the V40 might allow the company to gain the favor it has lost over the few years.

UPDATE: Weight in Vital Stats.

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