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Volvo V40 HATCHBACK T3 [152] R DESIGN 5dr Geartronic

Volvo V40 T3 [152] R DESIGN 5dr Geartronic
Volvo V40 T3 [152] R DESIGN 5dr Geartronic
Volvo V40 T3 [152] R DESIGN 5dr Geartronic
Volvo V40 T3 [152] R DESIGN 5dr Geartronic
Volvo V40 T3 [152] R DESIGN 5dr Geartronic
Volvo V40 T3 [152] R DESIGN 5dr Geartronic
Volvo V40 T3 [152] R DESIGN 5dr Geartronic
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Volvo V40 T3 [152] R DESIGN 5dr Geartronic
Volvo V40 T3 [152] R DESIGN 5dr Geartronic
Volvo V40 T3 [152] R DESIGN 5dr Geartronic
Volvo V40 T3 [152] R DESIGN 5dr Geartronic
Volvo V40 T3 [152] R DESIGN 5dr Geartronic
Volvo V40 T3 [152] R DESIGN 5dr Geartronic
Volvo V40 T3 [152] R DESIGN 5dr Geartronic

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  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG51.40
  • 0-62mph8.3 secs
  • Top Speed130 mph
  • C02129 g/km
  • BHP152
  • Torque184 lbs/f
  • P11D26%

Review

Sportiness doesn't have a great deal to do with power. Some of the worst sporting family-sized cars often pack quite a lot under the bonnet, then flounder when presented with a twisting country road. But to the surprise of some observers, Volvo's V40 has proved to be a satisfying drive, even in its humblest guises. The kind of car indeed, that begs to be dressed appropriately, perhaps with the R-Design trim package that Volvo expects over 25% of UK customers to choose.

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In the improved V40 premium compact hatch, Volvo has at last produced a properly sporty car. Specify it in R-Design trim and it can look exactly that. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

Just because running costs prevent you from owning a truly potent hot hatch doesn't mean you can't own a car that looks like one. And even better, something that walks the walk as well as talking the talk. Something like Volvo's improved V40. This is the brand's first truly impressive, truly dynamic compact car - something which is hardly surprising perhaps given that it rides upon the underpinnings of the best handling family hatch on the planet, Ford's Focus. Here we're looking at the R-Design trim package that emphasises the way that this car can reward like no small Swedish model before it. A package that both outside and in, aims to make its owner feel special. Whichever, after all, is what buying a premium-badged compact family hatch really should be all about. You can specify it with any of the engines in the V40 range. And if you do so, you'll probably still end up paying less than you would for more basic-looking rival models from BMW, Audi and Mercedes. A potentially tempting prospect.

Driving Experience

We could have opted for any variant in the improved V40 range in evaluating this R-Design package. In the event, we settled on a drive in the 190bhp D4 diesel model, good for sixty from rest in just 7.4s on the way to a 143mph maximum. Like other models in the line-up, it delivers a very good compromise indeed of absorbent ride and assured handling composure, even if - or perhaps especially if - you don't go for the optional Sports chassis set-up. Engine-wise, most potential V40 diesel customers will probably be quite happy with one of the lesser V40 diesels, either the 120bhp D2 or the 150bhp D3. Both get the brand's latest Drive-E 2.0-litre engines. In the entry-level D2 it's no ball of fire of course - 62mph takes 10.5s on the way to 118mph - but it's as fast as most will need it to be. Low mileage buyers need to factor in the possibility of petrol power too, especially if they don't like the rather clattery diesel noise you get on start-up. T2 and T3 variants use a 2.0-litre four cylinder 'Drive-E' unit in manual form - and rather curious, a 1.5-litre unit if you order them in automatic form. Either way, the power outputs are the same, T2 and T3 variants resectively putting out either 122 or 152bhp. The T3 is good for sixty in 8.3s on the way to 130mph. If that's not enough, there's a flagship T5 model putting out 245bhp, good to flash past sixty in 6.4s en route to 149mph.

Design and Build

So, what will set your V40 apart if you opt for it in R-Design trim? Well, let's start outside where there's a silk-metal framed high-gloss grille with re-profiled front bumper and daytime running lights. The sporty stance is further enhanced with an ironstone rear diffuser, silk-metal finished details, twin exhaust tailpipes and five-spoke diamond-cut 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the interior gets a TFT instrument display, a sports steering wheel, sports pedals and unique aluminium inlays. The seats feature a blend of black Nubuck textile and perforated leather, crowned by an embroidered R-Design logo with a blue "R". Full leather seats are available as an option. Those wishing to further enhance their vehicle can upgrade to the R-Design Lux level which adds additional features, such as embossed full leather-faced upholstery, active bending xenon headlights with headlight cleaning system, a rain sensor, cruise control, keyless start and rear theatre lighting. This facelifted V40 gets a smarter front end, courtesy of the addition of revised LED headlamps that feature the so-called 'Thor's Hammer' style that's already been seen in the brand's larger XC90, S90 and V90 series models. A smarter grille mesh completes the more confident look. And inside? Well the idea is that, like IKEA furniture, this cabin should be typically Scandinavian, comfortable, simple, intuitive and visually pleasing. And broadly it is. Cabin space is fine and there's a 335-litre boot.

Market and Model

There's a premium of just over £2,000 to order the R-Design package on your V40. That means a V40 D2 diesel, a car that would normally demand around £21,000 from you, could in this guise set you back just under £26,000 if you opted for the 'Lux Nav' variant. At the other end of the scale, a top V40 R-Design T5 Geartronic Lux Nav variant will need a budget of around £32,000. Essentially, what you need to know is that even with R-Design included, this car can still undercut comparable versions of German-badged rivals like BMW's 1 Series, Audi's A3 and Mercedes' A-Class. As well as the interior and exterior R-Design package niceties, all V40s already come decently equipped. Whichever model you choose, it'll come complete with electronic climate control that also cools the glovebox, plus leather-trim for the gear knob and for a steering wheel that has audio controls for an eight speaker stereo with USB and iPod inputs, operable via the same 5-inch colour screen you can use to set up the Bluetooth connection for your 'phone. Safety-wise, there's a world first - an under-bonnet airbag that springs out to protect pedestrian in the event of an impact. Plus of course, you get all the usual basics. That means dual-stage front airbags on both sides, side airbags, a knee 'bag for the driver, inflatable curtains, ISOFIX childseat fastenings, a Roll-Over Protection system, the WHIPS anti-whiplash system and, to hopefully make sure you'll never need all that, the DSTC Dynamic Stability and Traction Control system, the usual ABS braking assistance, Corner Traction Control, Engine Drag Control to stop the wheels from locking during engine braking on a slippery surface and even a Trailer Stability Assist system if you've fitted a towbar. If you want the safest car in the family hatchback class, you're looking at it right here.

Cost of Ownership

If you want the reason why more than 60% of all UK V40 customers will end up buying the least powerful 120bhp D2 diesel variant, then you don't have to look far to find it. This model is capable of a headline-grabbing 78.5mpg on the combined cycle and a 94g/km of CO2 reading that'll side-steps the need for road tax and payment of the London congestion charge. Step up to the 150bhp D3 and it's not as if you've entered a world of big bills either. That averages 74.3mpg and emits a mere 99g/km of CO2, figures identical to those in the 190bhp D4. And the 2.0-litre petrol models? Well both 122bhp T2 and 152bhp T3 models average around 52mpg on the combined cycle and put out not much more than 127g/km of CO2, the kind of figures you'd have expected from a good diesel not so very long ago. Don't expect those kinds of returns from the thirsty five cylinder T5 variant though, a car that'll make you pay much more heavily for your pleasure, the CO2 figure rising to 137g/km.

Summary

R-Design is a trim package that Volvo has used on plenty of its models in recent years. But with these cars, the sporty looks have often flattered to deceive when it came to the need for a dynamic driving experience. Not here. Careful development of this car's dynamic Focus-inspired underpinnings has left us with a car that even an enthusiast might enjoy. This improved V40 doesn't enjoy a huge price advantage over its German rivals but at the end of the day, it's likely that the deal you'll be offered on one will still leave enough room to specify your car with the R-Design treatment and still get away with a total asking figure that looks tempting in comparison with a rival 1 Series, A3 or A-Class. A car you'd be proud to have on your driveway. If you haven't previously considered buying a Volvo in this segment, then this package might well be enough to make you think again.

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Driver Convenience
Bluetooth hands free telephone kit
Rear Park assist
Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display
Information centre
Intelligent driver information system (IDIS)
Service interval indicator
Speed limiter
Speed sensitive steering
Entertainment
High performance audio system with radio/CD 4x45W amp + 8 speakers + USB input
DAB Digital radio
Exterior Features
Solid paint
Adaptive brake lights
Automatic folding door mirrors with ground lights
Automatic headlights
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door handles
Dual exhaust pipes
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Front and rear electric windows
Headlamp levelling
High level LED brake light
Home safe and approach lighting
LED daytime running lights
LED Headlights
Matt silver finish door mirrors
Rear diffuser
Rear wiper
Roof spoiler
Silk metal window trim surround
Visible VIN plate
Interior Features
Height adjustable drivers seat with lumbar support
R Design sports cloth upholstery
12V socket in front + rear tunnel console
5 headrests
60/40 split folding rear seat
Adjustable front centre armrest
Charcoal headlining
Door sill tread plates
Electronic climate control (ECC)
Footwell lights
Front cupholders
Front door step lamp
Front reading lights
Front sports seats
Front storage box
Height/reach adjustable steering column
Illuminated driver/passenger vanity mirrors
Illuminated gear knob
Isofix attachments on rear seats
Leather steering wheel with chrome inserts
Load cover
Lockable glovebox
Pollen filter
Rear armrest with cupholder
Rear reading lights
Rear theatre lighting
Sports floor mats
Sports pedals
Steering wheel audio controls
Theatre dimming interior lights
Ticket holder
WHIPS - Whiplash Protection System
Safety
Manual rear child locks
5 x 3 point seatbelts
ABS+EBA
City safety braking system
Drivers knee airbag
DSTC-Dynamic Stability and Traction Control
Dual stage driver's airbag
Dual stage passenger airbag
Front/rear seatbelt pre-tensioners
Hill start assist
Inflatable curtain
Passenger airbag cut-off device
Pedestrian airbag system
Side airbags
Side curtain airbags
Side impact protection
Tyre pressure monitor
Warning triangle
Technical
Dynamic chassis
Wheels
17" Ixion III diamond cut matt black alloy wheels
Tyre sealant kit
Security
Anti-theft alarm including immobiliser/volume sensor + level sensor
Deadlocking system
Key integrated remote control central locking
Locking wheel nuts
Trim
Stealth aluminium trim
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 132
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1498
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 49.6
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 57.6
EC Urban (mpg) 40.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 7.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 10.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 9.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 6.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 37.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 40.9
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 36.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 41.5
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 43.5
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 48.7
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 27.7
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 28.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 37.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 40.9
General
AdBlue No
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 152
Coin Description T3 [152]
Coin Series R Design
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 24E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 8
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 98
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 75
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 88
NCAP Safety Assist % 100
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.3
Engine Power - BHP 152
Engine Power - KW 112
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 184
Engine Torque - MKG 25.5
Engine Torque - NM 250
Engine Torque - RPM 1800
Top Speed 130
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/45 R17
Tyre Size Rear 225/45 R17
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style IXION III
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1439
Length 4369
Wheelbase 2647
Width 1857
Width (including mirrors) 2041
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 62
Gross Vehicle Weight 1965
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1021
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 391
Max. Loading Weight 542
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 700
Minimum Kerbweight 1423
No. of Seats 5

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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross Traffic Alert £500.00
Cruise control £225.00
Front and rear park assist £325.00
Lane keep assist with driver alert control, active high beam and road sign info display £700.00
Park assist pilot with front and rear park assist £525.00
PCC personal car communicator and keyless drive £550.00
Rear parking camera £375.00
Volvo on call £450.00
Entertainment
Sensus connect with high performance sound system, radio/DVD + 8 speakers/bluetooth and USB/HDD + voice control £500.00
Sensus connect with Premium multimedia, dolby prologic II surround, radio/DVD, 5x130w amp/10 speakers/bluetooth/USB/HDD + voice control £1,000.00
Exterior Features
Auto dimming rear view mirror £150.00
Dark tinted rear side windows £300.00
Fixed panoramic glass sunroof £1,000.00
Metallic paint £550.00
Premium metallic paint £825.00
Rain sensor windscreen wipers £155.00
Interior Features
Electric drivers seat with memory + mirrors memory £500.00
Flexible load floor and grocery bag holder £100.00
Folding front passenger seat with height/lumbar adjust £150.00
Gearshift paddles £150.00
Heated rear seats £200.00
R Design leather sports upholstery £600.00
Packs
Intellisafe pro pack - V40 auto £1,400.00
Sports pack - V40 £675.00
Winter pack - V40 £475.00
Winter plus pack - V40 - R Design £775.00
Xenium pack - V40 £1,775.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Bright silver £550.00
Metallic - Onyx black £550.00
Metallic - Osmium grey £550.00
Premium metallic - Bursting blue £825.00
Premium metallic - Crystal white £825.00
Premium metallic - Electric silver £825.00
Solid - Ice white FOC
Solid - Passion red FOC
Safety
Power child locks on rear doors £85.00
Trim
R Design leather sports upholstery - Charcoal £600.00
R Design sports upholstery - Charcoal FOC
Wheels
18" Ixion IV diamond cut matt black alloy wheels £625.00
Tempa spare wheel £150.00
* option prices shown are estimated