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Brand New 68 Volvo V40T2 [122] R DESIGN Edition 5dr

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Active TFT crystal driver's instrument displayIntelligent driver information system (IDIS)
Service interval indicatorSpeed limiter
Speed sensitive steering 

Entertainment

DAB Digital radio 

Exterior Features

Adaptive brake lightsAutomatic folding door mirrors with ground lights
Body colour bumpersBody colour door handles
Dual exhaust pipesElectrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Front and rear electric windowsHeadlamp levelling
Home safe and approach lightingLED daytime running lights
LED HeadlightsMatt silver finish door mirrors
Rear diffuserRear wiper
Roof spoilerSilk metal window trim surround

Interior Features

12V socket in front + rear tunnel console5 headrests
60/40 split folding rear seatAdjustable front centre armrest
Charcoal headliningDoor sill tread plates
Electronic climate control (ECC)Footwell lights
Front cupholdersFront door step lamp
Front reading lightsFront sports seats
Front storage boxHeight/reach adjustable steering column
Illuminated driver/passenger vanity mirrorsIlluminated gear knob
Isofix attachments on rear seatsLeather steering wheel with chrome inserts
Load coverLockable glovebox
Pollen filterRear armrest with cupholder
Rear reading lightsRear theatre lighting
Sports floor matsSports pedals
Steering wheel audio controlsTheatre dimming interior lights
Ticket holderWHIPS - Whiplash Protection System

Safety

5 x 3 point seatbeltsABS+EBA
City safety braking systemDrivers knee airbag
DSTC-Dynamic Stability and Traction ControlDual stage driver's airbag
Dual stage passenger airbagFront/rear seatbelt pre-tensioners
Hill start assistPassenger airbag cut-off device
Pedestrian airbag systemSide airbags
Side curtain airbagsSide impact protection
Tyre pressure monitorWarning triangle

Security

Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensorDeadlocking system
Key integrated remote control central lockingLocking wheel nuts

Trim

Stealth aluminium trim
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)137Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1969Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders4Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTIONGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)47.9EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)60.1EC Urban (mpg)35.8

General

Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power122
Coin DescriptionT2 [122]Coin SeriesR Design
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0718EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years8
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %98
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %75NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %88NCAP Safety Assist %100
Service Interval Frequency - Months12Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)10.4Engine Power - BHP122
Engine Power - KW90Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5000Engine Torque - LBS.FT162
Engine Torque - MKG22.4Engine Torque - NM220
Engine Torque - RPM1200Top Speed118

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/45 R17
Tyre Size Rear225/45 R17Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleIXIONWheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1439Length4369
Wheelbase2647Width1857
Width (including mirrors)2041 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)62Gross Vehicle Weight1965
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1021Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)391
Max. Loading Weight572Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1500Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked700
Minimum Kerbweight1393No. of Seats5
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Volvo V40 T2

Volvo's sleek V40 is now more affordable than ever when teamed with the brand's 'Drive-E' T2 petrol engines. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The Volvo V40 T2 returns a combined fuel economy figure of 51.4mpg, emissions of 127g/km and costs less than £20,000 with a few options ticked. The 122bhp 2.0-litre 'Drive-E' engine you get in manual models doesn't want for torque and the whole package hangs together extremely well, especially in this restyled guise. The small Volvo has come of age.

Background

Volvo used to be a desirable marque. It was desirable to physics teachers, metallurgists and those with a pathological fear of vehicle accidents. It wasn't a brand that sparked great outpourings of desire for most of us. They were the cars that spawned the infamous ""they're boxy but they're good" tag line from the Dudley Moore movie Crazy People back in 1990. Then something happened. Or more to the point, Peter Horbury happened. The British designer changed the way we thought about Volvos. They weren't boxy any longer, merely good. It took quite a while for the desirability to filter down from the handsome range-toppers to the more proletarian models in the line-up. But that happened too. The V40 hatchback is a case in point. Even when fitted with the humble 118bhp T2 petrol engine, this car comes as standard with a tall stack of 'want one'.

Driving Experience

You might well be thinking that 122bhp from a petrol-powered Volvo that's rammed full of Swedish build quality equals a car that goes up the road like a darted sloth, but the T2 is lighter on its feet than you might imagine. The reason? Underneath the butch good looks is the chassis of a Ford Focus, for as long as most can remember the best driver's car in the family hatch sector. While it's true that Volvo aren't owned by Ford any more, having come under the aegis of Zhejiang Geely since 2010, the V40 nevertheless benefits from that Ford chassis expertise in offering good steering, excellent body control and a decent ride quality. The four-cylinder engine doesn't weigh much and as such, turn-in is much sharper than the popular diesel models. The 2.0-litre unit you get in manual models develops 220Nm of torque, which is as much as you'd get from a Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo, so it's no slouch. The transmission is a six-speed manual as standard and although it doesn't have the shortest throw in the world, like the rest of the V40 range, you'll find a positive action. Opt for the auto version and curiously, the engine changes completely, to a smaller 1.5-litre unit, though the power and efficiency outputs remain the same. Visibility out of the car is a weak point, with the chunky rear three-quarter pillars making angling out of oblique junctions or parking spaces a bit trickier than it need be. That's the price we pay for style, I guess.

Design and Build

This facelifted V40 gets a smarter front end, courtesy of the addition of revised LED headlamps that feature the so-called 'Thor's Hammer' style that's already been seen in the brand's larger XC90, S90 and V90 series models. A smarter grille mesh completes the more confident look. As before, the V40 has a relatively low and sleek bonnet line: that's because courtesy of a unique under-bonnet airbag, it doesn't have to leave an under-bonnet void to meet pedestrian impact legislation. So the bonnet line can be much lower, part of a lean, wide coupe-like stance in a shape very slightly longer and wider than rival BMW 1 Series or Audi A3 competitors. Pleasantly different then, an observation equally applicable in the cabin. Of course it needs to be good if sales are to be stolen from rival German prestige-badged contenders, a tough assignment tackled with an unpretentious 'Designed Around You' philosophy epitomised by a beautifully positioned infotainment screen that, once you've figured out its complicated menus, enables you to deal with audio, navigation, 'phone and other functions almost without taking your eyes off the road. The idea is that, like IKEA furniture, this cabin should be typically Scandinavian, comfortable, simple, intuitive and visually pleasing. And broadly it is. Cabin space is fine and there's a 335-litre boot.

Market and Model

Prices for this T2 petrol variant start from around £19,500 in entry-level 'ES' guise. That's around £2,000 lss than the comparable D2 diesel version. As with any car in this class, Volvo has striven to offer as many high-tech options as possible, integrating the sort of features that not so long ago were the preserve of some seriously high-end vehicles. We've got used to features such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot assistance and lane keeping assistance and the V40 offers all of these features. Reducing personal injury claims, especially around town, is a growing concern for both manufacturers and insurers alike and Volvo's City Safety function now functions at up to 31mph rather than the original version's 18mph limit. City Safety keeps an eye on traffic in front using a laser sensor integrated into the top of the windscreen at the height of the rear-view mirror. The car automatically brakes if the driver fails to react in time when the vehicle in front slows down or stops - or if the car is approaching a stationary vehicle too fast. The V40 is also available with the Sensus Connected Touch infotainment system which enables full internet browsing and music streaming from Spotify and Deezer. It also gives access to internet radio stations. This new system connects to the internet via either a 3/4g dongle or via a smartphone. In a very Scandinavian touch, the 7-inch touchscreen uses infra-red scanning technology to allow it to be used while wearing gloves or, if you prefer, by voice activation.

Cost of Ownership

The V40 T2 presents a combined fuel consumption figure of 51.4mpg, which isn't too far off the diesels and the 127g/km CO2 figure is only 28g/km down on a D3 diesel -which is very good going. Go for the 1.5-litre auto version and the fuel figure is the same, while the CO2 return rises only slightly - to 129g/km. All too often in the past, if you opted for an entry-level petrol engine in a car of this kind, you were saddled with something that had no pull, was uneconomical when you were forced to rev it and would also return terrible emissions figures. That's resolutely not the case with the V40 T2. Every model in the V40 range is fitted with Start/Stop as standard which goes some way to explaining that very good fuel consumption figure. The market views the V40 very favourably and used examples are in very strong demand. The T2 is sure to prove popular as it reduces the price of entry to V40 motoring and still offers competitive running costs. In fact for many lower mileage buyers, this might be the best choice in the V40 line-up.

Summary

Some cars make being very good appear a work of effortless simplicity. The Volvo V40 is one of them. It doesn't impose itself on you, instead quietly slipping into its role with discretion and downright competence. If that doesn't sound a particularly inspiring formula, then twitch the curtains and imagine one on your drive, even the entry-level T2 petrol variant. It's just got so much more of an X-Factor than a Focus or an Astra. I think I'd probably have one over an Audi A3. It just seems a bit less nakedly aspirational. And therein lies this model's attraction. As you ascend the Volvo V40 range to ever more expensive versions, the draw of the premium German badges becomes increasingly difficult to resist, whereas if you're set on spending less than £20,000, going for a BMW, Audi or Mercedes-Benz really isn't that appealing an option. The T2 might just be the most overlooked V40 variant Volvo will sell in this country. It deserves all the luck it gets.

Performance
60%
Handling
80%
Comfort
80%
Space
70%
Styling
80%
Build
80%
Value
70%
Equipment
80%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
80%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£199
Deposit£3873.30
Term (months)49
Cash price£23,562
Credit amount£17,688.38
Guaranteed future value£8136.38
Total amount payable£23,561.68
Volvo deposit£2000
Contract mileage8000
Excess mileage charge14.9p per mile
Representative APR0%
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