Volvo are famous for building some of the safest cars on the road. If you are searching for a small premium hatchback that you know will be safe for your family or your work colleagues and just for you, the Volvo V40 is the one to consider. It was restyled in 2016 and rivals the likes of the BMW 1 Series, Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class.
Like most other cars, the Volvo V40 has a great range of engines to choose from. You can choose the entry level model and therefore the cheapest model. You will save money on your PCP deal payments, which is a great incentive. There is the greenest model that gets you the best fuel economy and therefore the cheapest running costs. You can obviously just go for the fastest model if that is what you desire.
The cheapest model on offer for the V40 is the T2  Momentum. It has a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine producing 122 bhp. It has a top speed of 118 mph and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 9.8 seconds. Not too shabby, right? It has decent fuel efficiency with a combined fuel economy of 50.4 mpg, an urban fuel economy of 39 mpg and an extra-urban fuel economy of 61 mpg.
They are respectable specs, but if you want great fuel economy and cheap running costs, check out the V40 D2  Inscription model. This model has a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel engine developing 120 bhp. This car delivers cheap running costs thanks to its combined fuel economy of 78.5 mpg, an urban economy of 71 mpg and an extra-urban fuel economy of 86 mpg. You will be saving money on your monthly budget with this car. It also has a top speed of 118 mph and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 10.5 seconds.
Speaking of speed, the fastest Volvo V40 model is the T5  R Design. This model comes with a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and automatic gearbox producing 245 bhp. With that power, the V40 has a top speed of 149 mph and sprints from 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds. It does sacrifice fuel efficiency for this increase in power. It has a combined fuel economy of 47.9 mpg, an urban fuel economy of 35 mpg and a combined fuel economy of 60 mpg. Not too low, but not the cheapest they could be.
Volvo invest in their interiors and with the V40 there is no difference. The cabin’s quality is on par with a BMW or Audi. But this is a Volvo so expect more restrained quality than the flashy design you’d get in the German rivals. It is all well-built and put together with a simply layout and crisp infotainment system that is easy to use.
Space in the V40 is great with plenty available in the front for the driver and the passenger and in the rear with excellent headroom and legroom. You will be able to fit four six-foot adults in the car with ease and comfort. However, like with most other cars, add a fifth adult and it becomes a squeeze so only try that for short journeys. It also has a boot capacity of 335-litres with those rear seats up. Flip those seats down and the boot capacity rises to 1,032-litres.
Driving the V40
In the past, Volvo have been known for comfortable, restrained driving performance. However, with the V40, Volvo has adapted and now offer a more engaging drive. That isn’t to say they have sacrifices the comfortable ride. They haven’t. It is incredibly comfortable. But now it is also fun to drive with sharp steering, great handling and minimal body roll. It is excellent at higher speeds on the motorway, absorbing all the bumps and is just a great comfortable cruiser. It is an all-round, safe car to drive.
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