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2014 (64) Volvo V40 T4 SE Lux Nav 5dr

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Bluetooth hands free telephone kitChronograph instrument dials
Easy fuel capless refuelling systemInformation centre
Intelligent driver information system (IDIS)PAS
Sensus navigation systemService interval indicator

Entertainment

DAB Digital radio 

Exterior Features

Active bi-xenon headlamps with headlamp cleaning systemAdaptive brake lights
Automatic folding door mirrors with ground lightsBody colour bumpers
Body colour door handlesBody colour door mirrors
Chrome side window trimDual exhaust pipes
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrorsFront and rear electric windows
Headlamp levellingHome safe and approach lighting
LED daytime running lightsRain sensor windscreen wipers
Rear wiperRoof spoiler
Side marker illumination 

Interior Features

12V socket in front + rear tunnel console5 headrests
60/40 split folding rear seatBlond headlining
Electronic climate control (ECC)Floor mats
Footwell lightsForward folding front passenger seat
Front cupholdersFront door step lamp
Front reading lightsFront storage box
Height adjustable drivers seat with lumbar supportHeight/reach adjustable steering column
Illuminated driver/passenger vanity mirrorsIsofix attachments on rear seats
Leather gear knobLeather steering wheel with chrome inserts
Leather upholsteryLockable cooled glovebox
Passenger lumbar supportPollen filter
Rear armrest with cupholderRear reading lights
Sliding front centre armrestSteering wheel audio controls
Theatre dimming interior lightsTicket holder
WHIPS - 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
Inflatable curtainPassenger airbag cut-off device
Pedestrian airbag systemRear seatbelt warning indicator
SIPS (Side Impact Protection System)SIPS airbags
Warning triangle 

Security

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

Trim

Graphite 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)129Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 5

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1596Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders4Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryTURBO INJECTIONGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)51.4EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)60.1EC Urban (mpg)40.4

General

Badge Engine CC1.6Badge Power180
Coin DescriptionT4Coin SeriesSE Lux Nav
Generation Mark1Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0726E
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %98NCAP Child Occupant Protection %75
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095NCAP Pedestrian Protection %88
NCAP Safety Assist %100Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)7.7Engine Power - BHP180
Engine Power - KW132Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5700Engine Torque - LBS.FT177
Engine Torque - MKG24.5Engine Torque - NM240
Engine Torque - RPM1600Top Speed140

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front205/50 R17
Tyre Size Rear205/50 R17Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleMANNANWheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1439Length4369
Wheelbase2647Width1802
Width (including mirrors)1857 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)62Gross Vehicle Weight1910
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1021Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)391
Max. Loading Weight558Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1300Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked650
Minimum Kerbweight1352No. 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

BY ANDY ENRIGHT

Introduction

If you're a dyed-in-the-wool Volvo buyer, you probably know the buying maxim. The big ones are good and the small ones are well worth avoiding. That changed with the introduction first of the S60 and then with the V40 of 2012. Especially the V40, come to think of it. It uses the same chassis as the all-conquering Ford Focus and wraps it in some cool Scandinavian design. As such, it's one of the smartest used picks on the market, although that does tend to be reflected in some fairly robust residuals. Here's what to look for when buying used.

History

We've come to think of Volvo as one of the most conservative of car manufactures, based in no small part on the corporate messages of safety, family and environment. Hardly hedonistic is it? While the messages from Gothenburg preach unthreatening responsibility, the products that Volvo has been building in recent years are a good deal more daring. That's in marked contrast to most car manufacturers who promise the world and then sell you what, after you've stripped away the pretensions, are often quite dull vehicles. The Volvo V40 used to be dull. Wholly, terminally dull. Worthy, yes, but nothing aspirational. That has changed, and how. The 2012 model year V40 was poised, polished and was certainly one of the coolest five-door hatches around. Yes, that's right, a five-door hatch. Perhaps Volvo belatedly realised that it needed to chase the big numbers in this sector, or maybe the Kronor finally dropped that people don't tend to want small estates, but the V40 attacked a new sector of the market and did so convincingly. The range launched with the choice of ES, SE and SE Lux trims in the one body style with a decent array of engines. At the entry-level was the T3 model, with a 150bhp 1.6 GTDi unit and it ranged right up to a 2.5-litre five-cylinder that was good for 254bhp. Volvo started infilling the range in September 2012 with the launch of the ritzy R-DESIGN trim level, soon followed by a Cross Country model, with the D2 automatic and the 120PS 1.6-litre T2 petrol model arriving in the spring of 2013.

What You Get

Aim directly at Audi's A3 and BMW's 1 Series and you've got to come equipped with quite some hardware. The Volvo V40 has the showroom appeal to meet and beat both of these vehicles. We recently had the opportunity to compare the interiors of these three cars back to back. The latest A3 shades the 1 Series in terms of interior look and feel but the V40 aces them both and by quite some margin. Some serious styling has gone into the V40's interior. The floating centre console houses a button-dense centre stack and the eye is drawn to slick detailing such as the frameless rear view mirror and the translucent gear selector. It's not perfect of course. Some of the stalks feel a little cheap and headroom is a little pinched in the rear with narrow rear door apertures, but features such as the rubberised microswitch tailgate release, the full TFT graphic instrument panel and the deft piano black framed door mirrors keep the design balance well into credit. The boot is a decent size and features a hidden underfloor section to keep documents and valuables out of sight. The exterior is also a clever piece of design with a rear end reminiscent of the XC60, featuring a complex, curved tailgate section which melds into a subtler interpretation of Volvo's signature 'shoulders' that run forward towards the headlamps. The aggressive wedge shape of this car has been created courtesy of a low bonnet, lower in fact than any of its rivals have managed due to pedestrian impact legislation. So how have Volvo got away with it? It's done by fitting a pyrotechnic airbag under the bonnet that fires when a pedestrian impact is detected, keeping any unfortunate's head well away from the V40's potentially injurious cylinder head. 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 things. 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. There's also Driver Alert system, a revised knee airbag design. Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake is a technology that saw its debut in this class of vehicle. It can detect if a pedestrian steps out into the road in front of the car. If the driver does not respond in time, the car can warn and automatically activate the brakes. Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake consists of a radar unit integrated into the car's grille, a camera fitted in front of the interior rear-view mirror, and a central control unit. The radar's task is to detect a pedestrian or vehicle in front of the car and to determine the distance to it while the camera determines what type of object it is. It works at speeds of up to 21mph.

What to Look For

The V40's reliability is as good as you'd expect from Volvo. The underlying mechanicals are tried and tested parts and shouldn't give cause for concern. The interiors are also more hard wearing than most but do try to avoid the paler coloured upholsteries, many of which suffer from staining from denim jean dye transfer. Check for parking bumps and scrapes especially on the R-DESIGN models. The big alloy wheels are very susceptible to kerbing. The more powerful versions have quite an appetite for front tyres, so check there's some life left in the rubber. One final word on the Cross Country models: if you're looking at one expecting to be able to go anywhere, you might need to manage your expectations a tad. Only the range-topping T5 petrol model (i.e. the powerplant nobody would choose for off-roading) is all-wheel drive. The more practical-looking diesels are, in fact, front drivers and almost useless when the going gets slippery.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2013 V40 T5) Expect to pay around £175 for a clutch assembly, while front brake pads won't see much change from £70 for a pair, with rears weighing in at a more lightweight £38. You'll be looking at £180 for a radiator and the best part of £200 for a starter motor.

On the Road

Volvo is no longer part of Ford's Premier Auto Group, instead being owned since 2010 by Zhejiang Geely of China. Planning horizons being as long as they are, however, it won't come as any great surprise to learn that most of the underpinnings of the V40 are shared with the latest Ford Focus. If there's a more cast-iron guarantor of a decent drive in the family hatch sector than that, we've yet to find it. Customers looking for a spirited drive won't be disappointed by the petrol engines on offer. The 120bhp T2 is a bit of a yawn, but the 150bhp 1.6 GTDi T3 is well worth a look, offered with a six-speed manual gearbox. The T4 is a 180bhp version of this engine, offered with a six-speed Powershift transmission or a six-cog manual. At the top of this tree are a pair of T5 units, both deploying power via a six-speed automatic 'box. Choose between a 2.0-litre 213bhp unit or the venerable 2.5-litre five-cylinder that's good for 254bhp. This engine will demolish the sprint to 62mph in 6.3 seconds. Just press and play. Diesel customers are also well catered for, with a 177bhp five-cylinder 2.0-litre D4 topping the range. This is joined by a 150bhp version, badged D3, and the entry-level model is a 115bhp 1.6-litre unit. Don't discount this engine out of hand because of its modest power output. It's notably lighter than the five-cylinder lump and offers sharper turn-in to a corner as a result.

Overall

The Volvo V40 might stand accused of being a Ford Focus in a posh frock, but what exactly is wrong with that? Take the industry-accepted best chassis in the business and dress it in some slick styling, give it a cooler badge and you have a seriously talented vehicle. It's right up there with Volkswagen's seventh-generation Golf in most regards bar boot space. Of course, used prices reflect this fact. There don't seem to be many screaming bargains when shopping for V40s. You'll have to console yourself with the fact that you might be paying a bit more but they seem to last extremely well. We'd be looking at a D2 or D3 diesel in as high a trim level as the budget would allow.

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

** 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.

Hire purchase

Monthly payment£241.54
Deposit£249
Term (months)60
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£11,998
Credit amount£11,749
Completion fee£1
Total amount payable£14,742.40
Representative APR8.9%
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