Volvo V40 Diesel: Quick Drive Of Europe-Only Audi A3 TDI Rival

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Volvo V40

Diesel: Quick Of Europe-Only Audi A3 TDI Rival

currently a significant gap in the Volvo between the sporty C30 hatchback and S60 sedan.

That gap used to be by the S40 sedan. It’s a car Volvo no sells in the U.S, but for European its role is now occupied by the V40.

Not that, but the V40 comes with a of diesel engines denied to buyers–a familiar scenario for diesel fans. We’ve driving just such a in the UK over the past week, and you’re somewhat missing

For a start, the V40 is quite a looker. In R-Design trim and ‘Rebel paintwork, it’s among the distinctive cars on the road.

and very, very modern

The glass tailgate design is to remind people of both the C30 discontinued in Europe) and the old P1800. the front, it’s business as for a Volvo, while the side is much lower and sleeker segment rivals like the A3 or Volkswagen Golf. The R-Design adds a tasteful body kit, rear spoiler and alloy wheels.

Combined with ‘Lux’ it also makes the interior a place to reside.

The incredibly comfortable, supportive are trimmed in soft black the handbrake lever, gear and steering wheel likewise, a clear navigation screen and center stack add visual

As do the dials – Volvo has to entirely LCD displays for the V40, and among the best-looking on the market. A and digital speedometer reside in the while power usage water temperature and other sit to the sides. Even the turn lights are part of the display, than individual lights.

Under the skin

Our V40 R-Design an engine you’d not normally sporty–a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder badged D2.

In fact you’ll not consider it sporty after it, but that isn’t to say it can’t get you the road smartly. Its 115 bhp output is special, but the 199 lb-ft of torque between 1,750-2500 rpm is much useful.

Responses are a bit … below rpm but from then on it moves quite swiftly, before dies off again at around rpm. This is quite a band in which to work, but the manual gearshift and six ratios do you to make the most of it. Throw to the wind and 62 mph will come up in seconds–not spectacular, but the V40’s punch makes it feel than the numbers suggest.

Those European buyers who do more power have D3 and D4 options too, the latter out 177 horses and 324 lb-ft from its diesel and reaching 62 in under 8 with the optional auto

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