Volvo V40 D2 SE - Welcome

  • The Volvo V40 hatchback joins us as a long-term test car
  • Optional extras bump the price up to £27,855
  • Class-leading safety technology included as standard

In a segment that includes the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra, the Volvo V40 has quite a challenge on its hands to stand-out from the crowd.  

Surprisingly, even during a previous life at sister publication Fleet News I had never driven a V40 before. For that reason I was very excited to receive the keys to my new long-term test car - the V40 D2 SE Nav - and see for myself if the V40 could stand-up against its rivals.

My V40 has a starting price of £23,070 and comes with a collection of standard equipment including 16-inch alloy wheels, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, climate control, satellite navigation and cruise control to name but a few.

There is also £4,500 worth of optional extras on our model including Park Assist and a Winter Illumination pack which includes heated seats, heated windscreen, LED lights and a headlight cleaning system, bumping the price of the car up to £27,855. I'll be keeping you informed about all these systems during my time in the car.

It’s not just the equipment that impreses - headline figures are also good. My V40 comes with a six-speed ‘powershift’ automatic gearbox and CO2 emissions are low at 102g/km. For company car drivers this would mean a 15 percent BIK tax banding. If you opted for the manual, CO2 drops to 99g/km and BIK banding will be one percent lower.

Volvo V40

An official fuel consumption figure of 74.4mpg is also very competitive and I am looking forward to seeing how it matches up to reality in the months to come.

On paper, performance figures seem to closely match the competition. Power of 114bhp is available from the 1.6 four-cylinder diesel engine with maximum torque of 270Nm. This should mean the V40 will have little trouble pulling out in traffic. The dash from 0-62 is achieved in 12.1 seconds and our long termer has a respectable top speed of 118mph.

The V40 looks good too. There are sporty touches like the roof spoiler and alloy wheels which help to give it a more youthful appearance. The hatchback is slightly more reserved than the R-Design trim, which includes flashy wheels and a bodykit, but it still looks exciting and modern.

Volvo V40

This wouldn’t be a Volvo without some revolutionary safety kit, and our long termer is no exception. By far the safest car in its segment according to Euro NCAP results, the V40 features a range of class-leading systems including the world’s first Pedestrian Airbag technology, plus Pedestrian Detection with full auto-brake, Adaptive Cruise Control and City Safety – which automatically brakes the car in an emergency at low speed. Again, I'll be taking you through these systems in more detail later on.

The V40 will be with us for the next six months and I am looking forward to getting behind the wheel. I have a long 170-mile trip to Southampton coming up which will provide the perfect opportunity to put it through its paces.

To find out how the V40 fares look out for the next report over the next couple of weeks.