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Volvo V40 D3 – Complete Review & Prices

Today we got our hands on a Volvo V40 D3 and took it for a drive test and now you’re reading the complete review. The premium compact segment is more crowded than ever, and the proposed models have became really interesting. BMW’s 1 Series facelift came with the new Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz amazed with the new A-Class. But in the northern Europe, Volvo comes with a major player in the premium C-segment. V40 is a completely new hatchback, Volvo giving up experiments like C30. The design is almost perfect and the interior seems like arrived from the future. Let’s detail the model in the presence of a Volvo V40 D3 Summum with automatic gearbox.

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Volvo V40 – The Complete Review

Volvo V40  Engine / Transmission 4.5/5

We’ve got a D3 with automatic gearbox and top Summum equipment. D3 is the  indicative for the 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine that develops 150 hp at 3,500 rpm and 350 Nm ( 258 lb/ft ) between 1,500 and 2,750 rpm. The engine used by D3 has five placed in line cylinder, a solution used for a while by Volvo. The capacity is 1984 cc for this engine. The same engine is used for the  Volvo V40 D4 model, but the power was increased to 177 hp. So if you like a diesel engine and the Volvo V40, have a choice: four engines are available.

Returning to our D3, I was impressed by the sound of the five-cylinder under the bonnet. The sound is serious and mature, far away of the “croaking” classic diesel engine. It is really nice to the ear, especially when using all 150 HP. It is an elastic engine that delivers the power in a progressive way and the six-speed automatic gearbox is doing perfectly to manage the engine torque. And if you want to go for the traditional way, the speed can be changed manually via the lever. The couple is also present at low revs, which makes this Volvo V40 D3 an agile car even at city speeds.

Volvo V40 Fuel Efficiency 4/5

Volvo focused on fuel economy of the new Volvo V40 engines as well as on the CO2 emissions. The D2 variant is the most economical and less polluting, as it is normal. For the D3 that we tested, especially the version with automatic gearbox, the CO2 emissions are 136 g / km.

Regarding the consumption for D3 version, the official figure is 5.2 litres/100 km ( 5.2 litres / 60 miles) combined. We used the car in urban traffic and obtained a consumption of 8.5 litres/100 km ( 8.5 litres / 60 miles). Then I made ​​a short trip on the highway and recorded that the consumption was 6.5 litres/100 km (6,5 litres /62 miles). So our average stood around 7.5 litres/100 km ( 7.5 litres / 60 miles). The consumption is strongly influenced by the driving style so Volvo is providing for the driver three versions of dashboard amending . If you choose the Eco variant, the display which holds the place of the instrument panel turns green and it’s an indicator that invites you to drive economically. In addition, the start-stop system used by the new Volvo V40 is the best I’ve seen so far. We tried to cheat in various ways, but we failed. It is one of the few systems of this kind that wasn’t deactivated at several stops.

Volvo V40 Performance 4/5

The 150 hp and 350 Nm (258 lb/ft)  is enough to make the new Volvo V40 an excellent car for any situation. It can run quiet and eco in the city, but it can also make an overrun in a steady pace when the situation demands it. The automatic transmission also has a sport mode, activated by moving the lever to the left, which immediately increases the engine speed and the gear changes are made after the tachometer needle climbed much higher than usual. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) is done in 9.3 seconds and the maximum speed that Volvo V40 can automatically reach is 205 km / hour (120 mph).

Volvo V40 – Interior 5/5

One of the main advantages of the new Volvo V40 is the inside. Impeccably finished with very soft to the touch materials, rigorous and symmetrical, but still not as cold as a German car. V40 keeps the straight center console idea, but with the back side open and the same symmetrical positioning of the buttons. You need to get used to their location, but then you wonder why doesn’t everyone use this type of layout. The turning on of the car is made by button located above the spot, and the intelligent key has her abode, all sight, although it can stay in the pocket. The Summum equipment, which we had on the tested model of Volvo V40 is the top version. The skin and the contoured seats are excellent, as are the other materials used for this equipment.

Volvo V40 D3 Test Drive

But the “pièce de résistance” is the dashboard. Goodbye analog instruments! Volvo V40 has only digital instruments. Everything has been replaced by a huge TFT, but this faithfully reproduces the analog instruments for those who are used to it. Even the signal indicators perfectly mimics an incandescent bulb. In addition, everything is customizable, but with refinement. You can choose between three themes for the dashboard: stylish, eco or sport.

It isn’t the only car that has adopted a different digital board. BMW and Jaguar have their own attempts, but Volvo’s solution is the best that I ever met before. From the display to the quality of details, Volvo has managed to establish a benchmark. Aboard the model you really feel like driving a modern car and is really hard to come back to a normal car. It seems that you’re back in time with a few years.

Volvo V40 Price 3.5/5

The price is a critical aspect of the new compact Volvo model. At least at first sight, because Volvo is a premium brand and the competition also has its cost. For a Volvo V40 you’ll have to take 22,950 euros  out of pocket. This is the base price for Volvo V40 D2. A Volvo V40 D3 Summum costs 33,330 euros (VAT included) and to get a model as the one we tested the price is 44,399 euros. It’s a lot for a compact model? Probably yes, but you have to put in balance the technology and the offered quality.

For a similar model from BMW, the prices start at 28,000 euros, an Audi A3 from 30,000 euros and for a Mercedes-Benz A-Class the prices start from 33,046 euros VAT included.

Volvo V40 Safety 5/5

It is almost redundant to talk about safety for any model produced by Volvo. The Swedes have always been first in this chapter and made of this safety a marketing advantage sustained by concrete technology. The new Volvo V40 comes with a very important innovation in the field: airbags for pedestrians. Basically, an airbag is hidden under the bonnet of the car, and in an impact with a pedestrian inflate in a U-shape within a split second in the windscreen area to mitigate the impact of the pedestrian with this area. As expected, Volvo V40 received five stars in EuroNCAP testing session, the model that has received the most overall points in the history of the European organization. The Swedish model has received the maximum score in Safety Assist, 100% points, 98%for the  adult occupant protection, 88% to pedestrian protection – a first EuroNCAP – and 75% of child protection.

Volvo V40 Roadholding 4/5

Volvo V40 makes you feel comfortable since driving it the first time. On mountain roads, cornering, highway, V40 is a pleasure for the driver. The problem comes from day-by-day use in urban areas. The suspension is a bit too strong for one who has to pass daily over tram lines or less well-paved roads. The V40 D3 Summum that we tested came with optional 18-inch wheels and 225/40 R18 tires. For this package you must fork out almost 1,000 euros, but I believe that you’d better preserve the thousand Euros for something else and choose the standard 17 inch wheels. Ok, maybe we lose something in the aspect, but we have a little more comfort in the urban areas.

Aside from this, Volvo V40 is the most successful in terms of dynamics. The platform seems a little bit common with the one of Ford Focus, but the Swedes have left their mark on the dynamic behavior of the car.  So far, the most powerful V40 has 180 HP, but it would be a shame if the Swedes won’t give us a hot V40 of 200-250 HP. Maybe a Polestar version?

Volvo V40 Visibility 4.5/5

Despite its impressive design, the new Volvo V40 doesn’t have big problems in terms of visibility. The windshield is sufficiently broad and maybe the pillars can raise some problems at some tighter corners, but without creating real trouble. The rear window seems small at first, but once installed the driver realizes that it provides sufficient rear visibility.

And to make sure you know everything that happens around you, the Swedish engineers have crammed the new Volvo V40 with sensors. We have front and rear parking sensors, sensors that warn you if a car passes by behind you when you try to exit a perpendicular parking, a support of the tread that warns you if you leave the marking and the BLIS system, which ensures for you if you have a car in the blind spot of the mirror when you try to do an overtake.

Volvo V40 Technology 5/5

Volvo V40 is the iPhone of the compact class. It gives something extra compared to others and does so with style. It is one of the most technologically advanced cars in this segment, but somehow manages not to overwhelm with all of the board systems. The animations of the TFT are nice and natural, nothing visually bothers you, nothing is artificial. The mobile phone can be connected quickly and soon you can listen to music at high quality by a Bluetooth streaming. Everything can be configured from a simple menu displayed on the central screen, just like the one of a mobile phone. No more sub menus and complications. The Adaptive Cruise Control automatically adjusts the speed,  depending on the car in the front of you and even shows its running speed. This things leads the assistance for the driver to a new level. In the city, the Pedestrian Detection system can stop the car via the Full Autobrake if the driver is not careful enough while driving. We also have parking assistance, which allows automatic operation of the steering wheel and parking place identification.

Volvo V40 Design 4.5/5

Volvo V40’s design is hard to describe in words. It’s fluid and very current. The car draws attention, especially among the owners of other Volvo models and the pedestrians simply stop to admire it. The rear design can raise discussions, but personally I find that it’s made in tune with the rest of the design. Even the daytime running lights are made differently, with refinement. There are two continuous light strips located below, under the fog. Very elegant.

But there are some elements that may seem strange. Volvo has chosen to put three windshield washer nozzles right on the bonnet. They might hide them under the bonnet, but the new pedestrian airbag doesn’t allow this. Anyway, it compensates with symmetrical dual exhaust for a diesel model. Altogether, the new Volvo V40 is a strong presence. It is beautiful, but also very functional and practical.

What we liked:

  • Excellent GUI
  • Good D3 engine
  • Flawless finishes
  • Exterior and interior design

What we didn’t liked:

  • Too firm suspension
  • Small trunk

Technical Specs – Volvo V40 2.0 D3 150 bhp Summum auto

No. doors
Engine Type / cylinder
No. seats
Displacement cc
Length mm
Hp maximum power hp (rpm)
150 (3500)
Width mm
Maximum torque Nm (rpm)
350 (1500)
Height mm
Top Speed km/h
Weight kg
Acceleration 0-100 km/h s
Wheelbase mm
Tank volume (liters)
Boot volume (liters)
 Overall, we give the new Volvo V40 -> 4/5 after this review.

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