Volvo V40

Volvo V40 information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the family hatchback. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the V40 car range. 

Background

One of the classier-looking Volvos of recent times, the five-door V40 hatchback aims to take on the premium hatchback set but does things its own way, with a distinctive Nordic interior and more safety tech than you can shake a cotton wool-covered stick at, including a bonnet airbag (really). There’s also a crossover-style Cross Country version with a raised ride height and more rugged body trim. The V40 was facelifted in 2016.

60sec road test

The V40's interior wins points for its minimalist design and solid quality, but loses them for squeezing most of the buttons into one awkward clump. The HVAC heating and ventilation controls, in particular, are feeling their age and the sat-nav and infotainment screens are now feeling their age. However, Volvo did upgrade the V40 in 2016 and the subtle changes have given a new lease of life to those wanting an alternative to the omnipresent Golf. There are some impressively frugal diesel engines in the range, though they’re best paired with the manual gearbox rather than the lethargic auto transmission. Ride quality is a bit more jiggly than you might expect of a Volvo and there are sharper drives elsewhere in the premium hatch class, but this is an appealing, capable car nonetheless. If you can put up with the lack of space, that is...

The one we’d buy

D4 R-Design, for the bodykit’s extra presence and low CO2

The one we’d avoid like the plague

Any with the jerky Geartronic auto gearbox

Rivals to consider

Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Audi A3, BMW 1-series, Lexus CT, Mercedes A-class, VW Golf

For 

Sleek looks, pleasant interior, low emissions, individual personality, so much more interesting than a Golf

Against

Jumbled switchgear on centre console, indifferent driving experience, cramped accommodation

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