There was a time when there were a limited number of car manufacturers around the world. But now, the entire scenario has changed. New automobile companies are being launched at a very fast pace. Volvo is one such company which has emerged into the manufacturing of small family cars after making its mark in the heavy vehicles industry. Its latest innovation is the V40 Hatchback, which shall replace the S40 saloon and V50 estate.
The Volvo V40 Hatchback is available in ES, SE and SE Lux trims.
Starting with the external features of the Volvo V40 Hatchback, it is the first car which is equipped with an external pedestrian airbag. The engines include an entry level 1.6 l diesel which ensures a 78.5 mpg economy and 94g/km road-tax-free emissions.
The interiors of this family car are classy both look wise as well as performance wise. The seating is excellent, the equipments are of high class, Bluetooth and steering wheel-mounted audio buttons are just extraordinary. Dual zone climate control feature has also been incorporated even in the base model. The rear seats are as much comfortable as the front seats which make it impressive. The standard suspension is quite soft, but a sports suspension has been provided on the R-design model. It has a boot of 335 liters which expands to 432 liters on folding the seats and furthermore to 1032 liters on measuring up to the roofline. We have often heard about the seats getting folded, but in this car, even the driver’s seat gets folded. The diesel D2 engine is powerful but, on the contrary, the D4 engine has a balanced mix of economy, comfort and performance. Front and rear legroom is ample, but the optional panoramic glass roof reduces the headroom for people who are above six feet.
The Volvo V40 Hatchback is a treasure house of excellent features. Safety is a key feature in all Volvo made vehicles. Even in this car, safety has been paid much attention to. The entry level model comprises of a driver’s side knee airbag and a pedestrian airbag. Driver aids include blind spot detection, city safety technology, dynamic stability control and the V40 is one such car which has been awarded Euro NCAP’s best ever crash test score. The base model of the Volvo V40 Hatchback comprises of 16-inch alloys, self-leveling headlamps, body-colored mirrors and bumpers. The steering wheel is wrapped with leather, a dash screen measuring five inches, USB and iPod connectivity. The SE model boasts keyless entry and start, T-Tec cloth trim and cruise control. The SE Lux has 17-inch alloy wheels, active lighting and leather and xenon LEDs. As far as the fuel economy is concerned, the V40 D2 stands out with 94g/km emissions and 78.5 mpg fuel economy. The D3 and D4 engines claim 65.7 mpg and 114g/km. The petrol versions T3 and T4 promise 52.3 mpg and 51.4 mpg respectively. The D2, T3 and T4 engines let in a lot of wind and road noise at speed. It has a spongy clutch pedal and a decidedly notch gearshift.
The Volvo V40 Hatchback has been priced between £19,995 and £33,875.