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Equipment

5 out of 5 5.0

Volvo V40 equipment levels are very strong throughout the trim levels.

Standard Volvo V40 equipment

 

The entry level ES version includes Volvo's City Safety system, pedestrian airbag, Bluetooth, entertainment system with five-inch colour display screen, electronic climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, dynamic stability and traction control (DSTC), front and rear electric windows, leather steering wheel and gear knob.

Move up to the SE and you get textile/T-Tec upholstery, graphite inlays, cruise control, steering wheel remote controls, keyless start, electric door mirrors, ground lighting and chrome exterior trim.

Choose SE Lux trim and Volvo V40 accessories include leather upholstery, 17-inch alloys, LED running lights, active bending xenon lights with a headlight cleaning system.

Pick R-Design for a sporty look, as it features a unique grille and 17-inch alloys wheels, with a textile and leather upholstery, sports steering wheel, pedals and an 8-inch TFT driver’s information display.

Top spec R-Design Lux promises a performance look with luxury too, netting you leather-faced sports upholstery, cruise control and front and rear theatre lighting. Active bending xenon lights with headlight cleaning system complete the look.

The City Safety system is the latest version and comes as standard on all V40 models and this new updated system is now able to stop the V40 at speeds of up to 31mph - previously it was only able to stop vehicles up to 19mph. Collision Warning and Volvo’s pedestrian detection can be selected as an option on all models.

All V40 Nav models include a fully integrated sat nav with voice recognition, a seven-inch colour display and a DVD player. Volvo has reduced the number of single options and grouped these together to form ‘Packs’ in a bid to increase resale values. Volvo claims that by offering packs it will increase desirability and the value of the car when owners come to sell.

In a world first Volvo has added a pedestrian airbag as standard. This system uses sensors built into the front bumper and they will deploy the airbag if the system thinks the car is about to hit a pedestrian. The system then lifts the rear of the bonnet clear of the engine and puts a cushion over the base of the windscreen and front pillars. This should reduce injury to pedestrians in the event of an accident.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volvo V40 Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Cross Country Edition equipment

Cross Country Edition standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Cross Country Edition optional equipment
None available

Cross Country Nav Plus equipment

Cross Country Nav Plus standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Cross Country Nav Plus optional equipment
None available

Cross Country SE equipment

Cross Country SE standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
  • Roof rails
Cross Country SE optional equipment
None available

ES equipment

ES standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
ES optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav

ES Nav equipment

ES Nav standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Sat Nav
ES Nav optional equipment
None available

Inscription equipment

Inscription standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Inscription optional equipment
None available

Inscription Edition equipment

Inscription Edition standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Inscription Edition optional equipment
None available

Momentum equipment

Momentum standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
Momentum optional equipment
  • Parking sensors

Momentum Edition equipment

Momentum Edition standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Momentum Edition optional equipment
None available

Momentum Nav Plus equipment

Momentum Nav Plus standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Momentum Nav Plus optional equipment
None available

R Design equipment

R Design standard equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim
R Design optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

R Design Edition equipment

R Design Edition standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
R Design Edition optional equipment
None available

R Design Lux equipment

R Design Lux standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
R Design Lux optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Sat Nav

R Design Lux Nav equipment

R Design Lux Nav standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
R Design Lux Nav optional equipment
None available

R Design Nav equipment

R Design Nav standard equipment
  • DVD
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
R Design Nav optional equipment
None available

R Design Nav Plus equipment

R Design Nav Plus standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
R Design Nav Plus optional equipment
None available

R Design pro equipment

R Design pro standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
R Design pro optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
SE optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Sat Nav

SE Lux equipment

SE Lux standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
SE Lux optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Sat Nav

SE Lux Nav equipment

SE Lux Nav standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
SE Lux Nav optional equipment
None available

SE Nav equipment

SE Nav standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
SE Nav optional equipment
None available

Safety

5 out of 5 5.0

Volvo is famous for its safety systems and the V40 is packed with kit to keep you and your passengers and pedestrians safe.

Volvo V40 safety equipment includes city safety, knee airbag on the driver’s side, dual-stage driver and passenger airbags. With a side impact protection system, dual chamber side impact airbags, curtain airbags, ABS, stability and traction control, the V40 received five stars when tested by Euro NCAP.

It also scored maximum points for pedestrian safety thanks to its innovative under-bonnet airbag system that lifts the bonnet up to provide greater protection.

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Volvo V40 Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2012
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 98%
Child Occupant: 75%
Pedestrian: 88%
Safety Assist: 100%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

5 out of 5 5.0

Load space in the Volvo V40 is generous when compared to rivals including the Audi A3 and the BMW 1 Series.

The V40 has a bootspace of 402 litres with the rear seats in place and this expands to 1,032 when the seats are folded flat. The Audi A3 has a loadspace of 365/1,100 while the BMW 1 Series has a bootspace of 360 litres with the seats in place and 1,200 litres with the seats folded.

There are plenty of cubbyholes to keep loose change in and the door pockets and glove box are of a good size.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Volvo V40 Hatchback compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Volvo V40 Hatchback 391 litres
Lexus CT 375 litres
BMW 1-Series Hatchback 330 litres
Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 272 litres

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