Volvo V40 gets ‘Thor’s Hammer’ facelift for 2016

Published: 24 February 2016

► New grille and S90-style headlights
► Cross Country model updated too
► Debut at 2016 Geneva motor show

It’s facelift time for the Volvo V40, and changes for the 2017 model year (which, confusingly, goes on sale in 2016) include a new grille and lights. The same changes will also be applied to the V40 Cross Country.

The most obvious revision is the new headlights. The lamps have been given Volvo’s current ‘Thor’s Hammer’ daytime running light layout, like the latest 90-series cars: the XC90, S90 and V90. Likewise, the grille’s been altered to include the company’s updated badge design.

What else is new?

Five new exterior colours and some subtle interior tweaks, largely limited to some new upholstery options, steering wheel colours and interior trim panels, plus the option of a black headlining.

Apart from the new textiles, CO2 emissions on the manual D2 diesel variant have now been reduced to an impressive 89g/km, depending on the tyres fitted.

The V40 is currently Volvo’s best-selling model in Europe. The updated MY2017 variants go on show at the Geneva motor show in March, before sales start later in 2016.

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Volvo V40 facelift

By James Taylor

CAR's deputy features editor, automotive design graduate, Radical champ

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