The Volvo V40 is the third generation release of the said range. This model features a stronger off-roading capability and a rugged design that makes it suitable for outdoor driving. Some of its other unique features include 19-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lights, a honeycomb mesh grille, a 40mm taller ride height and solver roof rails, and integrated skid plate, and sporty rear and front bumpers. Each trim is generous with equipment, particularly the SE’s inclusion of pedestrian airbag, rain sensors, 16-inch alloy wheels, hill descent control, a pedestrian airbag, and adaptive cruise control.
The Volvo V40 is available in three diesel and two petro engine units. The 1.6-litre diesel at 115bhp D2 comes highly recommended; this unit is paired with a smooth six-speed manual gearbox. It also boasts of fuel efficiency and an impressive acceleration time of 11.2 seconds when it goes from 0 to 62mph. Its top speed is at 115mph. There’s also the 2.0-litre D3 unit at 150bhp and has a pulling power of 350Nm. The 2.0 engine can arrive at the 62mph sprint in 9.1 seconds and has a faster maximum speed at 127mph. The D3 can be had with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2.0-litre D4 unit is the most powerful in the diesel range, delivering a power output at 177bhp and providing 400Nm worth of pulling power. It just takes 8.2 seconds for this engine to arrive at 60mph from standstill; the time is much shorter at 7.9 seconds for the auto gearbox. Both the manual and auto gearbox have a maximum speed at 130mph.
The petrol engine available with the 2WD car is a 1.4-litre T4 GTDi engine, which offers 270Nm of pulling power and a 180bhp power output. Like the other engines, this unit comes with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission gearbox.
The Volvo V40’s driving dynamics are impressive, preventing lean in as you drive into corners and an adequate front-end drip if you go for the all-wheel-drive version. You’ll have no problems driving through difficult weather either.
Comfort is assured in the V40’s cabin. Wind, road, and tyre noise is kept at a minimum and all engine choices deliver their power in a refined manner. The best visibility is assured from the driver’s seat and is enhanced by the 40mm addition in height. The seats provide generous support for both the back and the sides, making this the perfect vehicle for long journeys.
The V40 isn’t as balanced when it’s time to drive along twisty single-lane carriageways. You’ll have to configure the ‘My Car’ settings from the centre console so that you can navigate such road conditions properly. More enthusiastic drivers may go for the high setting so that the ride becomes sharper and faster over the medium and low modes. Despite these adjustments, steering still tends to feel artificial as you go into the high setting.
Save for a few inconveniences while steering, the V40 is a smart investment for any one in need of an on and off road vehicle.
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