New Volvo V40 2012 review – Updated – What Car?

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New Volvo V40 2012 review Updated

The new Volvo V40 is a premium hatchback, designed to offer something a little different the usual suspects of the Audi A3. BMW 1 and VW Golf .

Volvo reckons the V40 also appeal to those to make the step up from glamorous cars such as the Focus and Vauxhall Astra .

The job isn’t made any easier by the void it has to fill in Volvo’s Effectively, it replaces the outgoing S40 and V50 estate, as well as the three-door which will be dropped in

What’s the 2012 Volvo V40 to drive?

Although it’s a new model, the V40 retains many of traditional driving characteristics.

As usual, the steering wheel very little resistance, so easy to pilot the car around city streets

True, the long-throw gearshift and spongy pedal in the D4 diesel model the shine off things, but the D3 ’s gearshift is and smoother, if still rather

We’d stay away the more powerful engines

models are further undermined by limited steering lock, means you’ll struggle to a road that’s wide to let you turn around in one go.

In addition, light steering is great in a car, it’s not something you when you’ve got a surging diesel engine like the under the bonnet. Put down foot hard and there’s a delay as the engine spins up, by a huge wallop of power causes the steering wheel to

The D3 has a similar character, although its delivery is a little smoother.

In it’s hard to know where the front wheels are in fast corners, which is a because – if you’re prepared to it – the chassis is pretty well

The suspension contains vertical well, too, but it’s a tad on the side when you’re cruising around town, and the car truly settles on quick of dual-carriageway.

Thankfully, salvation in the guise of the lighter, 113bhp four-cylinder D2 diesel, and not just of its tax-friendly 94g/km CO2 emissions and economy of 78.5mpg.

This power delivery is far more than the D4’s, which the car feel more controlled, yet it produces respectable acceleration with a good deal vibration.

Frequent gearchanges might be if you spec the D2 engine

Just in mind that the tall means it requires a downchange or two you need a burst of overtaking on the motorway.

While this powerful diesel will sales, the 148bhp T3 petrol is the sweetest engine in the range. smooth and happy to rev hard you’re in the mood for a bit of fun, and if you want a relaxing drive you can through the gears letting the strong torque reserves do the

All the engines are pretty smooth, but the V40 in quite a bit of wind and road at motorway speeds.

What’s the Volvo V40 like inside?

Without doubt, the most aspect of the V40 is its stylish interior, features sumptuous trim, detailing – including some digital instruments – and some of the supportive seats in motoring.

seats also boast a range of adjustment, so drivers of all and sizes will have no getting comfortable.

The V40’s is the most impressive aspect of the car

and rear legroom are pretty on a par with those in a BMW 1 Series.

The looks rather narrow, but available with a clever floor (for £100) lets you divide the space or the floor. When this floor is in its highest setting, the seats fold down to a totally flat extended

Entry-level ES cars come Bluetooth, front and rear windows, alloy wheels and control. However, we’d be to upgrade to the mid-range SE trim; carries a £1600 premium and cruise control, wheel-mounted controls, keyless start and interior trim.

As well as the usual array of and electronic driver aids, the V40 has an version of Volvo’s City system (it now works at speeds of up to which automatically applies the if you get too close to the car in front.

Volvo has stolen a march on every manufacturer by fitting an airbag pops out from under the to cover the windscreen and front if sensors detect a collision a pedestrian.

Impressive safety kit as standard

Should I buy one?

judged purely from a perspective, the V40 isn’t the car we were for, but we have to give where it’s due.

Even the range-topping D4 diesel more than 50mpg and for the 16% company car tax band, while the D2 nearly 80mpg and is taxed at 13%. The gorgeous cabin is strength, plus the V40 is well

The baby Volvo is quite – we’d pretty discount the D4, for example, leaving the modest D2 diesel and, for a few the T3 petrol – but it feels a entry to the class nonetheless. A test against the forthcoming A3 and even the current VW Golf be interesting.

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