2015 Volvo V40 | new car review
It's a brilliant looking car that packs in oodles of safety features
It bears quite a steep price tag
The first thing to note about the 2015 Volvo V40 is that it is built on Ford’s C1 platform, the same as the Ford Focus. The V40 therefore shares a similar shape and style to its cousin, which as we know, is superb. The stand-out feature of the styling is the tailgate, where a brace of arrow-shaped rear clusters book-end a beautifully sculpted rear-window. American designer Chris Benjamin is worthy of an award.
As we know, Volvo is originally Swedish, and therefore the stereotype of IKEA can be brought into play. The interior of the 2015 Volvo V40 is unique, and boasts a less-is-more, minimalist style. The various instruments and knobs are all fitted by themselves, distant from others, and the air vent architecture, although conventional in location, are still unique in their style. It certainly looks as if it comes in flat-pack form, yet ultimately the V40 feels fresh.
Unfashionable or not, Volvo’s have always been at the forefront of passenger safety. The V40 is packed with features, too many to list here, but the most interesting one of the lot is the City Safety collision avoidance system. It uses a laser-based technology to sense hazards ahead, up to 50kp/h, and prepares the brake pedal for a sharper halt. If the car realises that you haven’t noticed the hazard, it will cut the throttle and brake for you!
What’s on offer?
There are two primary variants of the V40 available, the T4 and the T5. The T4 gets you a 1.6 litre unit, 180 horsepower, and a six speed automatic transmission for AED 134,900. The larger T5 engine puts out 254 horsepower, an impressive 360 Nm of torque, and even gets you to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds.
The facts speak for themselves; the Volvo V40 is a genuinely fabulous looking car, and the features and options that are available are fantastically considerate. Standard features include an 8” colour screen, Bluetooth, USB, dual-zone climate control, heated seats and so the list goes on. But that’s before you include all the safety features, most of which you won’t see because they make up the very structure of the car. And that’s the kicker because all these safety features come at a price. Yes, it is twice as well-equipped as the Ford Focus, but it is also twice as expensive.
|Specifications||2015 Volvo V40 T4||2015 Volvo V40 T5|
|Engine/ Cylinders||1.6 litre turbocharged / 4-cyl||2.5 litre turbocharged / 5-cyl|
|Max Power |
|180 hp @ 5,700 RPM||254 hp @ 5,400 RPM|
|240 Nm @ 5,000 RPM||360 Nm @ 4,200 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||8.5 secs||6.1 secs|
|Top speed||N/A||240 km/h|
|Price||AED 134,900||AED 145,900 - 154,900|