Volvo V40 (2013)

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Volvo V40

The all-new Volvo V40 is a five-door hatchback that new ride handling, fuel and safety standards in its class.

Its coupé design, which styling cues from the C30 and classic P1800ES Volvo, is and sleeker than the homogeneous norm.

Special attention has given to handling, steering agility and ride comfort. engineers believe that the V40 is now the class benchmark for dynamic

Volvo’s reputation for safety has not been overlooked. A new innovation, Airbag Technology, joins a Volvo world-first, Pedestrian with Full Auto which was first shown on the S60 . Together, they ensure the V40 offers unrivalled protection for as well as for the car’s occupants.

The new Airbag, which makes its debut on the Volvo V40, from under the rear of the bonnet when the car detects it has hit a pedestrian. The raised bonnet cushions the unfortunate pedestrian, and the also protects the pedestrian’s from the hard points at the of the windscreen and the lower A-pillars.

In 14 per cent of all traffic fatalities are In China, it’s over 25 per

City Safety, an innovation shown on the Volvo XC60 to noise-to-tail urban accidents, has further improved for the Volvo It now works at up to 50 km/h (31 mph), of 30 km/h (19 mph). Insurance involving the Volvo XC60 that City Safety has personal injury claims by 51 per while vehicle repair have been lowered by than 20 percent.

Little that many insurers now premiums for Volvo drivers.

Volvo V40

Pedestrian Airbag Pedestrian Detection and City are all part of Volvo’s IntelliSafe philosophy. Other new safety on the Volvo V40 include a Cross Alert radar system which helps you reverse out of a space and see traffic coming the side – and an improved Spot Information System This new radar-based technology warns of vehicles in the blind on both sides, but in addition now of vehicles approaching rapidly the rear – making it for example, to change lanes on the

Volvo also has a time-honoured for environmentally friendly motoring the three-way catalytic converter lambda sensor is among many green innovations. The V40’s 1.6-litre D2 engine only 94 g/km (when with 205/55 R16 wheels) of a class-leading figure. This offers major company car road tax and residential parking

Little wonder the Volvo V40 is so in this area: one third of entire research and development is earmarked for cutting CO2 emissions.

The V40 is our C-segment five-door hatchback, Volvo’s President and CEO Stefan We expect most buyers be new to Volvo. We also believe it is a leader in so many areas, design, driving dynamics, to fuel economy. It perfectly our ‘Designed Around You’

A car that is seamlessly connected to the which is easy and pleasing to which handles in a very way and which cares for people.

The is particularly striking. The exterior was by Volvo’s Californian studio in by American Chris Benjamin. I an emotionally engaging car that like a coupé but had the practicality and of a five-door hatchback, he says. The Airbag Technology allowed him to the bonnet line and lower the car. It’s actually 29 mm over an inch) lower a C30 coupé, one of the lowest hatchbacks on the

The rear styling is based on the which in turn took from the classic P1800ES of the

The cabin design priorities to give, a large car feel a small car. The dash is – accentuating the big car feel while a new high-tech TFT (thin transistor) instrument digital is available. Three different displays can be selected, including an eco to help you drive more and a performance mode to better more spirited driving. is also a more classical mode.

TFT instrumentation is available as an on all models in the Volvo V40 range.

The V40 comes with Bluetooth streaming and handsfree mobile as standard. A navigation system directions in the main instrument and a mobile app that can find car in a large car park, lock or doors and even give you a log.

These choices are all of Volvo’s innovative infotainment giving outstanding connectivity, and personalisation.

The seats are new and continue fine reputation for occupant The rear seat is prominently to offer maximum support for two and them positioned slightly inboard than is the norm, comfort and forward visibility. there is room for three in the and a trio of three-point seat (a Volvo invention, of course) in the seat.

An optional panoramic roof improves the big car feel of the Another unusual and stylish touch is the rimless rear mirror – further of the Volvo V40’s design and crisp, uncluttered detailing.

pleasure was a priority. We sought leadership in this class and confident we have achieved it, Stefan Karlsson, Manager of Dynamics and Calibration. Our goal was to a truly connected feel, to great driver confidence.

If a feels well connected, he or she in control. This not only driving enjoyment, it also dynamic safety.

Ride was also crucially important. We don’t accept that should come at the expense of It is not necessary.

The damping – a key in comfort and driver interaction was mostly calibrated by testing on B-roads, the best real testing ground, says Karlsson. They are extremely roads, which is why so many struggle on them. They are for damper tuning, which in improves ride comfort, response, handling and agility.

The Volvo V40 comes with different diesel engines, and petrol engines. They a 1.6 diesel, which gives an and class-leading CO2 figure of 94 g/km to 78.5mpg on the combined cycle), a 177hp 2.0-litre five-cylinder and the high performance T5 petrol, for 254hp. All engine and gearbox have start/stop technology, to economy and reduce emissions.

Car UK expects the D2 to be the big selling engine, 63 per cent of UK sales.

Three levels are offered – ES, SE and SE Prices start at £19,745 for the D2 ES. The are all extremely well equipped.

The level ES has City Safety, Airbag, Bluetooth hands-free, Performance Audio, Electronic Control, leather steering and a cooled glovebox as standard.

into account equipment the Volvo V40 is not only less than the equivalent Audi A3 and BMW . but also undercuts many rivals too.

Just 12,000 are likely to be sold in the UK the first full calendar (2013). That would the UK the V40’s biggest market

UK customer deliveries begin in 2012, with the high-performance T5 later in 2012. The Volvo V40 is a new entrant for Volvo, but it will replace the S40 and V50 .

Low, sleek and the Volvo V40 is one of the most eye-catching ever. It looks like a car, thanks to the low roof (29 mm or 1.1 lower than a C30) and lines. In fact, it’s a hatchback with all the functionality and you’d expect from a

Exterior designed in Volvo’s studio

The exterior was designed by Benjamin, Design Director at Californian studio in Camarillo, of Los Angeles. I wanted a car with a shape, a high tail and shoulders. I see it as a combination of coupé and a wagon.

Volvo has always estates well and has had some coupés too. He describes it as, a 3D of art you can drive.

The sleek exterior is accentuated by the low and wide high grille that accentuates the ground hugging qualities. LED running lights are set into the corners of the front end, a blade design appearance. are also used in the door turn indicators, rear lights, high position brake light and in rear plate illumination.

Volvo’s V-shaped bonnet has bolder The wide shoulders stretch just behind the headlamps. too, are sharp edged, the rising beltline.

At the end of the rear it sweeps into an integrated a design legacy from the coupé.

Dramatic wedge with wide shoulders

The silhouette is also wedge and contributes to the lean-forward stance. tail lamps are positioned for maximum visibility, and follow the of the shoulders. The broad-shouldered look is Volvo design trademark, goes back to the Amazon of the ’50s and was reintroduced by Volvo’s design boss Peter on the S80 and V70 .

We have pulled in the D-pillar says Benjamin. This a teardrop shape to the glasshouse and has the way for the powerful rear shoulder is such a distinctive feature. The low also improves the frontal which leads to better and lower CO2 emissions.

His favourite feature? The sculpted rear. It too has a low look that radiates a lot of

The hexagonal shape of the tailgate is now of a Volvo hallmark, aligning the V40 design with the look of our V60 wagon . The tailgate design, introduced on the C30 and also inspired by the is a further Volvo signature.

The V40 was designed under the leadership of Mattin, Volvo’s then of Design. As is usual for new models, design satellites in Camarillo and pitched ideas against the office in Gothenburg. (Since a new design studio has been in Shanghai.) Chris Benjamin’s proposal was eventually chosen. then spent two years and living in Gothenburg, finishing the

This is one car that actually as it got nearer production, says I wanted a really emotionally piece of design. For me, too many cars have become like, they’re too commodity

I wanted to rediscover some romance with some voluptuous surfacing. The surfacing is a of hard edges and softness, the V60 and S60 but pushed to another level.

pleasing small details: it is the Volvo with body washer jet nozzles and is the first that uses hemmed flanges, which allows the use of wheel and tyre combinations.

practical new detail is that the pipe is self-closing. This is a design that makes easier as there is no longer a for a fuel-filler cap.

At 4369 mm in the Volvo V40 is slightly longer an Audi A3 or BMW 1-Series, and slightly too. The drag co-efficient from 0.29 to 0.31 on tyre and wheel choices.

is a key aspect of Designed Around the central theme of all new Volvos. includes an exterior styling which further improves efficiency and gives an even aura. The kit includes deflectors, a rear diffuser, a striping kit and rectangular chromed tail

Panoramic glass roof feel of spaciousness

A fixed glass roof, stretching the front windscreen to the backrest of the seats, improves the feeling of and space in the car and makes the cabin airier and brighter. The roof is to reduce infrared radiation the cabin. A fabric curtain, the roof, provides shade, and can be to block out the sun for part of the cabin.

So the passengers, for example, can enjoy while the driver relaxes in

The all-new Volvo V40 comes a choice of 16-, 17- or 18-inch depending on trim level and specification.


is Volvo’s Designed Around You better manifested than in the It is comfortable, simple in design all good Scandinavian design), and visually pleasing. The interior of the Volvo V40 is designed around and puts a strong emphasis on comfort and an in-command driving says Sven-Olof Persson, Design Manager.

Adds and CEO Stefan Jacoby: The all-new V40 has the intuitive driver interface in a Volvo. We believe that the luxury is to own a car that fits understands you and evolves together you. You jump in behind the for the first time.

You take a at the dashboard ­ and you find so functional and obvious that you are to take off directly.

We design around people’s needs and Creating an intuitive and ergonomically driver’s environment is part of our aim to a feeling of relaxed control.

is renowned for the quality of its car cabins, its and its seating comfort. The all-new V40 takes all these qualities to a new

Big car feel

The large and wide panel accentuates the big car feel, as the airiness offered by the deep and panoramic glass roof fitted). Instrumentation is classy yet Intuitive design is a Volvo

The cabin is full of easy-to-use all part of Volvo’s high-tech but to use HMI (Human-Machine Interface). The infotainment – combining audio, mobile phone and other – is presented on a five- or colour screen in the upper of the centre console. It’s set to make it easier for the driver to his or her eyes on the road.

All functions can be from the steering wheel, or by directly below the screen.

The interface is a crucial quality of any The controls are so intuitive that goal was to make reading the manual unnecessary.

My Car button of easy-to-use technology

The My Car button on the offers easy access to a range of personalised settings for Safety, Collision Warning, Detection, Driver Alert Active Cruise Control, door mirrors, climate central locking and audio

If the customer chooses a Multimedia system, Volvo’s infotainment comes upgraded with the seven-inch screen that displays information and images the navigation system, phone, camera, DVD player, digital TV and

The Bluetooth connection has been to allow not only hands-free conversations but also music from your preferred portable music player. is the only brand to offer throughout the entire range as Integrated navigation with commands is available as an option.

TFT instrumentation available

The TFT (thin transistor) instrument display is new for and also a class-first. It offers legibility in all light conditions, can information in emergency situations, and allows the display to be personalised all part of Volvo’s Designed You philosophy.

There are three

The Eco theme has a green background and an economy meter to allow you to as economically as possible. A green is illuminated when your eco is optimal.

The Performance theme has red background and includes a power meter tells the driver how much is being used and how much is In this mode, the tachometer is on the instrument display, and speed is digitally. This is the setting of when spirited driving is

The Elegance theme has an amber and gives a more conventional display. It’s perfect for a relaxing drive, and will be the everyday setting of choice.

The display also includes instructions, when satellite is fitted.

The V40’s cabin is around the driver, but never to the of passenger comfort. It’s oriented, notes design Chris Benjamin. You feel in a real cockpit.

But the passengers feel isolated.

Improved centre stack

The floating stack, first seen on the S40 and V50 in has become a Volvo design and is the centrepiece of the Volvo V40 cockpit. It was by Swedish furniture and its tendency to wood. The depth of the stack the effect that it floats.

On the the centre stack is even sculpted. It’s larger at the top and down. This helps to knee room for driver and passenger, notes Chris

The centre stack comes as in charcoal, upgrading to Shimmer in the higher trim levels. Wood and Centre Court look with a red stripe) are as an accessory.

The centre stack has a Metal Chrome finish that enhances the décor. The finish is also found in the and on the instrument panel as well as the centre display, outer air start button and gearshift

A design highlight is the unusual yet rimless rear view – without an unsightly surround. It was inspired by classic and ’60s cars, many of had dainty rimless rear mirrors.

Sculpted seats, in rear

Volvo is famed for its comfort. On the Volvo V40 the seats are Like the front seats, the rear seats are also sculpted, to offer greater and support. You sit slightly more than the norm, moving you from the doors and allowing forward visibility.

The rear is ideal for two people, although is ample room for three.

and rear seat heaters are The latter is an unusual Volvo an upshot of our chilly home

There is extensive storage Below the armrest is a storage suitable for CDs and other small It also has a connector for either or AUX.

Two cupholders and a 12V power are integrated in the console in front of the

The glovebox has space for two soft-drinks or bottles. It is refrigerated with air from the Electronic Climate system.

Other convenient include an accessory supplied compartment above the driver’s a pen holder in the glove compartment and storage compartments under the panel and on the outside of the outer seats. Another smart is the specially designed, drained unit for an ice scraper in the driver’s panel.

The interior lighting is to give a theatre lighting This adds to the luxury of the interior. LED lamps are used to up strategic areas. The driver can a red-to-blue setting that the light to the interior temperature or choose between another mood themes.

The reading front and rear can be dimmed.


There is an optional knob for the automatic and manual which is transparent and LED-illuminated inside. There are also LED in the door panel storage This is another example of imaginative design, boosting the feel of the cabin.

Plus illuminator gear shifter great at night, notes Benjamin. It’s a real topic.

The two-piece, 40/60, seat backrest can be easily in different ways when long objects. The front seat can be folded forward to even more space.

is a practical hanging load net in the compartment. A soft safety net is and a metal version is available as an

Twin floor boot

The V40 can be with an extra floor in the compartment, making the floor when the rear seat is In addition to the two permanent hooks, the floor integrates hooks for bags. Between the upper and floors there is a concealed area.

The accessory range a Cargo Mat Organiser that smaller items secure, as as a Load Organiser that a load compartment divider, a belt and two floor rails.

quality upholstery and trim

materials, including leather, and high-quality fabrics, are used The leathers are tanned organically, means they age better, and a patina as they …. stitching is a feature, even on the fabrics.

Buyers have a of leather, sporty T-Tec (a skin inspired by wetsuits and durable outdoor gear) and textile (a finely woven that feels very and durable). Real aluminium are also a highlight.

Charcoal is, of course available, but Sweden is for its lighter hues – an of those long, dark So charcoal and blond, as well as and blond themes are also


A effort has gone into the Volvo V40 the class leader in dynamics. According to Stefan Manager of Vehicle Dynamics and Volvo wanted a great of ride, handling, steering and as well as the driver assistance

He feels the V40’s special is, the whole connected feel of the The way you are always in charge, never any nasty surprises. It’s the way the car drives and behaves.

If the driver is informed on the behaviour of the car, he or she always make the right He or she will be a better driver, enjoy driving more, and be a driver.

Great steering connects you to road

Special was put into the steering, the main with you and the road. We tried hard to ensure that the provides an intuitive and linear between you and the road. That way very responsive and very

I’m confident we are more than rivals. I think we have an edge here.

The Power Assist Steering system uses electric on a rack and pinion. Early steering systems were criticised for lack of feel but says Volvo has conquered failing, and claims that and feel is now as as good as a good steering system. A key benefit of steering is that, because is no hydraulic assistance, there are economy savings.

The steering thick tubing and stiff increase torsional rigidity. also contributes to the enhanced of direct contact with the and the road.

The electric steering you to choose between three of power assistance. In Low mode the provides a high degree of support, making manoeuvring Medium mode has lower support to offer more response at higher speeds.

mode is the ultimate setting for the driver, contributing to the car’s character.

The Electrical Power Steering also allows for the of safety and driver support that involve the steering, as Lane Departure Warning and Assist Pilot.

Suspension tested in Britain

The tuning on the all-new Volvo V40 was mostly in the UK, on our country’s legendary It was Richard Parry-Jones [legendary technical director] who first us to the advantages of using British says Karlsson. They every possible area of because of their roughness, camber changes, their and the variety of corners.

Karlsson Volvo now does 90 per cent of our tuning in the UK. And the dampers are such a part of the suspension. They ride, handling, steering everything.

The dampers include monotube designs that compression and rebound damping by the same valve. This shorter, faster fluid which in turn means the damper responds more

Karlsson is part of a small four engineers) dynamic that test new Volvos by the seat of the pants. Of course we tons of people working on CAE engineering]. Our suspension designed is influenced by them. But real-world is also crucial.

So it’s a of subjective testing and objective

The four chassis dynamic members each averages 15 of driving-tuning experience. My background is as a engineer. One of my team is a Swedish driver.

Karlsson races a MX-5 sports car on weekends.

The set up – fully independent front and rear, using struts at the front – is by a suite of electronic controls, to boost safety but also driving enjoyment.

DSTC safety and driving enjoyment

The Stability and Traction Control system in the Volvo V40 includes sophisticated features that a unique blend of driving and safety. The Advanced Stability that is part of it, uses a angle sensor that it possible to identify any skidding at an early stage. This that the stability control can step in earlier and with precision.

Advanced Stability is a great asset in dynamic involving considerable lateral improving handling and rapid manoeuvres.

Engine Drag prevents the wheels from during engine braking on a surface.

If the car is equipped with a Trailer Stability Assist dampen the snaking action may occur when towing a or caravan. The car is stabilised by braking one or wheels and by reducing torque.

Traction Control improves

Corner Traction Control is a new of the Volvo V40 that uses vectoring to make the car corner more smoothly. The car’s driven wheel is braked, more power to be transmitted to the driven wheel. This the driver to corner more while reducing any tendency to

This system makes it to smoothly maintain the desired on winding roads, in roundabouts and on wet Corner Traction Control is a asset when exiting a small side road to swiftly with faster traffic.

The standard V40 comes a dynamic chassis, but a sports is also available. This the ride height by 10mm under half an inch), the centre of gravity and offering springs and dampers, to give more responsive driving.

is a priority

Although the emphasis is much on a sporty driver Stefan Karlsson says has not been sacrificed. That is one of the we’re really proud of it’s a very agile, car, but ride comfort is excellent.

A dynamic and safe car needs excellent brakes. The V40 comes with four discs, ventilated at the front. braking system (ABS) is and so is Electronic Brake Distribution and Electronic Brake Assist

EBA helps the driver stop in the possible time in an emergency The system detects if the driver is in an brake situation and, if the pedal has not been pushed maximum force, it applies braking power.

EBD varies the pressure to each wheel depending on speed and road – ensuring maximum power yet full vehicle

Both EBA and EBD work in conjunction the anti-lock brakes.


The all-new Volvo V40 has a choice of turbocharged diesel or engines, both available in and five-cylinder forms. In the UK, diesel is to account for over 80 per cent of and Volvo estimates the D2 will about 63 per cent of total V40 UK

Diesel engines

The big seller be the 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel D2. highly-efficient engine delivers an 94 g/km CO2, the best in That equates to 78.5 mpg on the cycle.

Such outstandingly low make the Benefit in Kind car tax very low (L43 BIK a month for 20% tax There are also major in other taxation. For example, the figure means there is no tax either in the first year or in years.

It is also currently from the London Congestion

The D2 is an eight-valve engine using the common rail direct Piezo-electric injectors ensure precise distribution of the atomized resulting in efficient combustion and low The cylinder block and head are made from aluminium, low weight.

Maximum power is while maximum torque is a 270 Nm, available from 1750-2500 Even at 4000rpm, the engine is producing almost 200 Nm of torque. The D2 is available with a six-speed transmission.

Using optional 225 rather than standard 205 tyres, CO2 emissions increase to 99

Top speed is 118 mph and 0-60 mph acceleration 11.7 seconds.

The other two engines on offer are the five-cylinder D3 and D4. have aluminium blocks and for lighter weight, and use four per cylinder for improved breathing.

The D3 and D4 have 2.0-litre capacities. The – likely to be the second selling engine version in the UK produces 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque from rpm. The flat torque – which makes for acceleration over a broader rev – means it is still over 200 Nm at 4750 rpm.

On the top version – the D4 – turbo boost means jumps to 177 hp and maximum torque to 400 Nm. torque is achieved from to 2750 rpm. As with the D3, it is strong even at very low at just over 1000rpm, 100 Nm is produced.

This makes the D3 and D4 very flexible and tractable.

The D3 and D4 come with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions. In guise, top speed is 130 mph (D3) and 137 mph while 0-60 mph acceleration 9.1 seconds and 8.2 seconds respectively.

five-cylinder engines also fine economy and low emissions. The D3 114 g/km of CO2 as a manual, which it in vehicle tax band C. No vehicle tax is in the first year. The manual D4 the same CO2, excellent for a performance diesel.

Combined economy for both engines is mpg.

Petrol engines

The T3 and T4 engines are new-generation units, shown in mid 2010 on the Volvo S60 and They are among the world’s advanced four-cylinder petrol being exceptionally light and

They are compact and made …-cast aluminium, which weight and improves heat The plastic inlet manifold cuts weight. Both use direct injection, still on petrol engines, to give far precise combustion with performance and emissions.

The variable valve timing both inlet and exhaust and quick-acting turbocharger help this petrol engine diesel-like lugging power. torque, for the T4, is over a wide rev from 1600 to 5000 On the less powerful T3, the maximum is developed from 1600 to rpm.

Maximum torque for versions is 240 Nm. The T3 produces 150 hp, the T4 180 hp.

The petrol come with six-speed transmissions only. Maximum is 130 mph (T3) and 140 mph (T4) while acceleration takes 8.4 and 7.3 seconds

Their highly efficient give excellent economy and low Thus, CO2 emissions are 125 g/km and 129 g/km (T4). They qualify for free first vehicle tax, and are classified in tax band D.

Late in 2012, the T5 engine joins the Volvo V40 This five-cylinder 2.5-litre unit uses an aluminium and head and will be the sportiest in the V40 range. It comes with transmission only.

0-60 mph takes just over six while top speed is 155 mph (250 Yet, despite such performance, preliminary CO2 emissions are a 185 g/km.

All V40 engines meet the Euro V exhaust emissions They are all fitted transversely, to packaging – so more is devoted to passengers – and to improve safety: a transverse is less likely to intrude the passenger cell than a mounted engine in a severe impact.

S ix-speed transmissions

All apart from the high T5, come with six-speed gearboxes as standard. The diesel D3 and D4, come with the option of automatic gearboxes.

All versions of the V40 come with front-wheel Volvo believes this safer and more predictable than the alternative rear-wheel solution. It is especially advantageous in conditions, such as may be experienced on winter days.

Ever the first Volvo was built in the overriding priority has been to cars that help accidents and, if the accident happen, to offer maximum Cars are driven by people, co-founders Assar Gabrielsson and Larson. Therefore the guiding behind everything at Volvo is, and remain, safety.

Volvo has a safety pioneer ever the company was founded. Innovations the three-point seat belt – the greatest advance in car of all time, according to many experts. They also the safety cage (1944), seat belts (1966) and impact airbags (1994).

To rollcall of safety milestones can now be a few more, City Safety offered on the XC60), Pedestrian with Full Auto (S60 and V60) and now, on the Pedestrian Airbag Technology.

has always been the cornerstone of any notes Andreas Eidehall, Expert Active Safety. is a key part of our ‘Designed Around philosophy. Our cars are designed to you avoid an accident, but also to injury if an accident is unavoidable.

for people is part of the Volvo That’s why our innovative pedestrian features are so important.

Pedestrian Technology

In Europe, 14 per cent of all fatalities are pedestrians. In China, over 25 per cent. Volvo it is essential that car makers after other road not just drivers and their

Accordingly, the Pedestrian Airbag that, if collision with a is unavoidable, the new technology will try and any injury.

Seven different in the front bumper register the between the car and the pedestrian. The rear end of the is released and at the same time by the deploying airbag, which is under the trailing edge of the The inflated airbag covers the under the raised bonnet and one third of the windscreen area and the part of the A-pillar.

The raised – made from metal – helps to the pedestrian impact, while the helps to cushion the pedestrian two potentially dangerous hard on the car, the windscreen and A-pillars. We this technology will increase a pedestrian’s chance of says Andreas Eidehall.

It between 20 and 50 km/h (12 and 31 mph). per cent of pedestrian accidents below 50 km/h, notes

Pedestrian Detection with Auto Brake

Pedestrian with Full Auto first shown on the Volvo uses a radar unit into the car’s grille, a fitted just behind the rear-view mirror, and a central unit. The radar detects any in front of the car and determines the distance to it. The determines what type of it is.

Thanks to the newly developed radar’s much wider of vision, pedestrians about to into the road are detected. The can detect pedestrians who are 80cm (31 tall and upwards – so includes children.

If a pedestrian is the driver first receives an warning combined with a light in the windscreen’s head-up At the same time, the car’s are pre-charged. If the driver does not to the warning and an accident is imminent, braking power is automatically

Half of all pedestrian accidents at speeds below 15 mph (25 km/h). Detection with Full Brake can avoid a collision a pedestrian at speeds up to 21 mph (35 km/h) if the does not react in time. At speeds, the focus is on reducing the speed as much as possible to the impact, reducing the likelihood of injury or ….

The proportion of fatalities is high today and our will play a major in reducing it, says Thomas Senior Safety Advisor for

Pedestrian Detection perfectly the new Pedestrian Airbag, in Volvo’s to protect all road users.

innovative City Safety has been upgraded for the V40. It now at speeds up to 50 km/h (31 mph) than 30 km/h (19 mph).

Safety avoids low speed – statistically, the most type of crash. These typically happen in towns and typically involve tailbacks of City Safety either such accidents or reduces the of the impact.

The biggest safety is to reduce whiplash, says Broberg. We are also reducing the to the cars involved and probably accidents further down the of traffic.

A laser sensor, behind the rear-view mirror and through the windscreen, keeps an eye on in front of the vehicle. It can detect and other objects up to 6 metres 30 feet) in front of the car’s bumper. City Safety to vehicles in front that are stationary or moving in the same

City Safety helps avoid or reduce the severity of the by automatically braking the car and reducing the opening. At the same time, the lights are automatically activated to other traffic.

The American Institute for Highway Safety has documented that City reduces the frequency of collisions by 22 per

Volvo Car UK’s own statistics that chauffeur company, reduced its ‘at fault’ impacts by 28% in the first six months of City Safety.

Insurance involving the Volvo XC60 the first Volvo fitted City Safety – show that the new technology the cost of personal injury by 51 per cent, while vehicle costs were lowered by than 20 per cent.

Lane Warning

Approximately 30 per cent of all accidents in accident database are due to cars the road. About 75 per cent of occur on roads with limits of 70 km/h (44 mph) or

The new Lane Departure Warning in the V40 helps the driver stay in the lane. This feature extra steering torque to the column when the car gets to a lane marking and is about to the lane. The system is active at between 65 km/h (40 mph) and 200 (125 mph).

The forward-looking camera monitors the left and lane markings. Lane Warning registers the car’s between the lane markings and action if the driver shows of unintentionally drifting out of the lane.

As a step, Lane Departure applies gentle steering torque to help the driver back onto the intended If the car leaves the lane, the technology a distinctive warning through a vibration in the steering wheel.

Blind Spot Information (BLIS)

The V40 is the first Volvo to the enhanced Blind Sport System (BLIS), which is now The technology can now also monitor and the driver to rapidly approaching up to 70 m (166 feet) behind the Of course, it still informs the about vehicles in the blind on both sides of the car.

helps the driver avoid dangerous lane-changing manoeuvres.

The BLIS uses radar located in the rear corners of the behind the bumper cover. The continuously scans the area and alongside the vehicle.

Warnings are in LED indicators located in each A steadily glowing LED indicates the radars cover a vehicle in the The second warning level LED flashing – occurs if the uses the turn indicator the first alert is active.

Traffic Alert – your back

Cross Alert uses the same sensors at the rear end of the car to alert the to traffic crossing from the when he or she is reversing out of a parking This is especially helpful in and crowded areas where the view might be limited or

The function warns of traffic up to 30 (100 feet) from the Smaller objects like and pedestrians may also be detected. The which remains active as as the target is present in the zone, is to the driver as an audible signal and a in the centre screen.

This is safety first making its on the all-new V40.

Collision with Full Auto

Volvo’s world-first Pedestrian is a technical development of the company’s Warning system, which the nose-mounted radar to warn if they’re about to hit another and apply the brakes automatically if

Unlike Pedestrian Detection, and Safety, this automatic technology is designed for higher such as that encountered on A radar sensor fitted the grille, and a digital camera the windscreen, automatically monitor the to the vehicle in front.

If the vehicle in suddenly brakes, or is stationary, or you are too close, a red warning light on the windscreen and a warning buzzer The braking system is also pre-charged to prepare for panic the pads move closer to the and the hydraulic brake pressure is If the driver does not react to the and a collision is imminent, automatic is applied to reduce the severity of the

As with Pedestrian Detection, can avoid collisions if the speed is up to 35 km/h (21 mph) and reduces the of the impact at speeds over

Automatic braking is only as a last resort. We give the ample warning, says Broberg. It’s only they don’t respond, or respond too late, will braking take over.

Warning with Full Brake was considered the best braking system in the world in a by German organisation ADAC in In the all-new Volvo V40, auto performance at higher speeds has improved compared with versions.

Adaptive Cruise with Distance Alert and Assist

To help the driver a safe distance from the car in Volvo has developed Adaptive Control (ACC). It uses a sensor to measure continuously the to the vehicles in front and automatically the speed of the car to help ensure the is not too short. This technology forms the basis of several of advanced driving and support including Collision Warning, and Detection, with Full Brake.

Driver Alert

A unique technology to alert and distracted drivers, Driver Control monitors the car’s between the lane markers and the driver if his or her driving pattern in a random or uncontrolled way.

High Beam

This technology means you can drive on beam – if you wish and the car will dip the lights automatically. The is you always get maximum illumination of the ahead.

A digital camera other vehicles and their and tail lamps. Advanced processing software analyses data and provides information the position and direction of other The calculation serves as the basis for switching between low and high

It also works in built-up in other areas where low is mandatory.

Active Bending Lights ‘see around

Compared with conventional headlights, Volvo’s active lights – using xenon technology – than double the driver’s of vision. The lamps are motorised, and can up to 15 degrees in either direction, as follow the direction of the steered Thus, they help the to see around corners.

The headlights self-adjust, always maintaining the angle to the road, maximising and avoid dazzling oncoming

Road Sign Information

technology displays road in the instrument display. The forward-facing detects speed limit as well as no overtaking signs and the sign icon is then until a new sign is detected.

Assist Pilot

When technology is fitted, parallel becomes easy for all.

The new Assist Pilot operates the while you handle the gearbox and the car’s speed. The parking is based on front, rear and ultrasonic sensors.

When the activates the Park Assist the sensors start to scan the of the car. When a parking measuring a minimum of 1.2 times the length is detected, the driver is by an audible signal and advised to by a message in the instrument cluster.

The guides the driver step-by-step the car is correctly parked. When is completed the driver is notified by an signal and a text message.

The Volvo V40 can also be equipped a rear park assist and park assist sensors and rear.

The highest levels of safety – including new airbag

Much of the new safety on the V40 concentrates on active safety helping you prevent an accident. But if an is inevitable, Volvo’s legendary and passive safety aids help avoid injury.

The Volvo V40 also features crash safety including a cage with effective zones and various grades of steel.

Safety belt are standard in the front and outer seats and the front seats are with whiplash protection to help prevent neck Both the driver and front passenger seat have stage airbags. There are side airbags integrated in the seat backrests.

The driver’s side is also with a new knee airbag. It is in the dashboard above the pedals and together with the other in the event of a frontal collision.

The Over Protection System a robust body structure, pre-tensioners and Inflatable Curtains. The Curtains cover both from the A-pillar to the C-pillar, and in frontal offset, side or accident situations.

ISOFIX are standard and Volvo offers tested child seats cover ages from up to 10 years.

The all-new V40 is packed more intelligent support than any previous Volvo, Thomas Broberg. It is yet another step toward our vision nobody should … or serious injuries in a new Volvo car by the 2020.

Volvo has a reputation for its cars generously, unlike rivals on which ‘options’ can be expensive. The V40 is no different.

The ES is the entry but still very well Standard specification includes Safety, Pedestrian Airbag, High Performance audio 5-inch colour display ECC (Electronic Climate Control), Matres alloy wheels, (Dynamic Stability and Traction power windows, a leather wheel and gear knob, and floor mats. A cooled is also standard.

The SE model T-Tec upholstery, cruise steering wheel remote and keyless start. It also has power door mirrors ground lighting and chrome trim on the outside. Rain with automatic wipers are standard.

The most luxurious of the Volvo V40 offers leather-faced 17-inch Mannan alloy and LED day running lights as well as bending xenon lights a headlight cleaning system.

than offer a plethora of options, Volvo instead has on option packs, which popular options in themes.

Pack groups heated seats, heated front and a headlight cleaning system.

The Illumination Pack includes bending xenon lights, cleaning, LED day running lights, front seats, heated screen and rear reading, and front door side lights.

The Driver Support groups Collision Warning Full Auto Brake, Detection, Adaptive Cruise Lane Departure Warning, Alert Control plus High Beam and the Road Information display. It also the Blind Spot Information

The Sports Pack includes the sports chassis, 17-inch alloy wheels, three-way steering with memory. Taranis alloy wheels are as an upgrade.

Nav Variants can be specified on all and come fitted with the integrated satellite navigation with voice activated which comes with a colour display screen and DVD As well as full European two complimentary annual map updates are

Audio and DVD systems

All versions ES, SE and SE Lux – come standard the excellent High Performance System that uses a CD and RDS four 45W amplifiers, USB/iPod and eight speakers. There is a integrated colour screen.

The High Performance Multimedia uses a DVD and seven-inch colour screen.

The top-of-the-range Premium Sound audio system is one of the car entertainment systems in the world. It has Pro-Logic II surround sound and Digital 5.0 Cinema Edition, a DVD and screen, 5 x 130W digital D amplifiers and 10 speakers.

This sound system is one of the first, in an application, to use Audyssey Laboratories technology, the standard for room in the home and professional theatre MultEQ removes distortion by the car cabin’s acoustics, enabling clear sound with soundstage for everyone in the car.

A DAB Audio Broadcasting) radio is as is Digital TV.

All Volvo V40s get hands-free for telephone and music The V40 is the only car in its class to have standard on all models.

Volvo’s technology allows for seamless between you and the car, enhancing the experience – and also

Volvo On Call

Advanced are used to call for help an emergency. The system uses the GSM telephone and GPS satellite navigation to call the emergency services an airbag or seatbelt pre-tensioner is during an accident. Alternatively, you can the emergency services by pushing a red SOS located by the front reading switches.

If the car breaks down or you help, pressing the Volvo On button will put you straight to a Volvo On Call operator who can roadside assistance.

Volvo On also offers vehicle in case of theft.

The owner of a V40 can use a mobile application to stay in with the parked car via a smart The mobile application is an extension of On Call, which originally on direct access to a call in the event of an accident or other

The mobile app, which is and downloaded via the application stores, is to offer the owner an intuitive, relationship with the car from a It includes a number of features:

Car The location of the car is shown on a map. is also a digital compass points the driver in the right

This is especially useful your car is left in a large or car park.

Remote door The status of all doors and windows is – and the driver can lock and the car with a push on the touch

Vehicle dashboard. This gives the driver access to a range of information: fuel remaining range to empty average fuel consumption, speed, odometer reading and meter reading.

Car check. The app performs a health check of the displaying information about brake fluid level, level, oil level and oil pressure.

journal. Detailed data of trip during the last 40 can be downloaded and stored. It is also to extract the data as an Excel – a perfect feature for car owners.

Vehicle information. car data such as model, number and VIN number are stored and can be

Theft notification. If the car alarm is the driver is alerted via the mobile

Personal Car Communicator

Although it remarkably like a regular control, the PCC can do a lot more than activate the locks and alarm. A push of a button can, a few seconds, tell the car owner if:

The car is or unlocked

The alarm has been

The information is available and up-to-date as as the distance between the PCC and the car is 100 metres or In addition, the most recent is logged so the owner can at any time and any check whether the car was locked it was parked.

Deadlocks, immobiliser and

Standard features include a key fob that activates an alarm and deadlocks. Even if a thief break into the car, for through breaking the glass, the make it impossible to open the from the inside. The key fob also an electronic immobiliser that starting the car impossible without the key.

Remote control

locked by remote control, the are automatically deadlocked, You can also advantage of Volvo’s Global and Closing, allowing the user to or close of the windows and sunroof (if via the remote.

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